When going for a job interview, you’re not just there to look for the position but to assess the company as well. The last thing you want is to work in a toxic environment. Work-related stress is one of the leading causes of depression and anxiety. However, many of us focus on making a good impression during the interview that we don’t notice any red flags. There are certain things that employers do or say that will let you know whether you’ll enjoy working for the company. Here are some.
They Emphasize On Working Hard
Some jobs are super demanding and require your full commitment. However, this doesn’t mean that you should drown yourself in work. If the interviewer insists that the job requires you to work extra hard or mentions several times how the company values hard work, this is a big red flag. They are most likely hinting at the office’s overworking culture, and if you agree to these terms, you may spend most of your time at work.
They Are Disorganized
Imagine going for an interview and the interviewer doesn’t keep time or has an untidy space. This should make you think twice about that job position. An interviewer who is disorganized may not be the best employer to set you up for success. It also shows that they may not value you as an employee and have not taken their time to make a good impression on you. Therefore, you shouldn’t dismiss this.
Interviews are a great opportunity to witness the office culture of the company you wish to join. More importantly, it’s a great chance to see how the interviewer interacts with other people in the office. If they seem to keep their heads down then this is a bad sign. A good interviewer/employer will exchange pleasantries not only with their employees but with you as well. They will also take their time to know you before starting the interview.
They Ask You To Work For Free
No one should work for free and you shouldn’t accept such terms. Whether you’re looking for an internship position or they ask you to start a trial period, you should receive compensation for your work. An employer who doesn’t offer any kind of compensation suggests that they don’t value your skills or want to take advantage of you. In case they don’t bring up the issue of compensation during the interview, make sure you ask.
They Are Rude
It’s pretty obvious that if an interviewer is rude to you, you’re in the wrong place. Sure, we all have one of those days that we feel on edge. However, if they’re repeatedly giving you an attitude, it might just be their nature and you wouldn’t want to work in such kind of an environment. Observe the way they welcome you and say their goodbyes. Good employers will give you a warm welcome and make you feel comfortable.
They Try To Assert Their Dominance
If the interviewer makes it known who is in charge, this is a huge red flag. Someone who has to remind others of their position is most likely going to be a toxic employer. During the interview, they may ask questions like “When you’re told” or “When your supervisor tells you…”. This may mean that they expect you to be submissive and do as you’re told. Such kind of an environment not only steals your joy but also limits your ability to grow. Leave while you can.
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