Employers put a lot of time and resources into making sure they hire the best person for the job. As a candidate, you need to be just as diligent in determining whether a potential employer is the real deal. You need to figure out if they are a company you want to work for and will offer you the opportunities and work environment they claim during the hiring process.
We’ve created this collection of very important red flags to watch out for when assessing an employer:
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1. They Are Too Eager to Hire You
There is a big difference between an employer pursuing you and viewing you as a top candidate and having them be too eager to hire you. Be wary of employers who move too quickly through the hiring process and are willing to hire you right away. It could be a sign they have issues keeping people.
2. The Employer Is Always Hiring
If an employer always seems to be posting job ads, it can often mean one of two things. Either they are going through a rapid growth phase, or they have problems with retention. Pay particular attention to whether the employer seems to be reposting the same roles over and over.
3. The Interviewer Is Not Prepared
There is no question that reading through applicants’ resumes and learning about them before the interview takes time. But if an interviewer seems to know very little about you or what is on your resume, you should proceed with caution.
Similarly, another red flag is if the interviewer cannot give you answers to basic questions about the job, your duties and the company culture.
4. You Are Not Impressed With the Work Environment
From the moment you start the video call with the interviewer or when you visit the company, there is something that seems off. You get a bad vibe. There is a negative energy and people do not seem like they are actively engaged. Pay attention to how a prospective employer interacts with current employees, how they are dressed, and how they talk about the company culture.
5. Unfavorable Reviews
It is always a good idea to research a prospective employer online. Check out the company website, social media channels and read what other people have to say about them online. Read employer reviews. See what other employees have to say about working for the company. This will give you an indication of what you could expect.
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