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Job Offer Red Flags: 5 Signs You Should Run the Other Way

May 17th, 2011

As a Spokane employment agency, we understand that being unemployed for a long period of time is stressful and scary. But if you accept a job offer amidst a flood of warning signs – just to rejoin the workforce – you could be in trouble. In fact, you’ll likely wind up unhappy, unproductive, and back on the job hunt in no time flat. We’ve seen it happen before.

Instead, when you’re searching for a new job, you should be looking for one that’s a good fit for your skills and personality. And you should also always be on the lookout for these 5 red flags:

1. A step down.

Be cautious if a potential employer wants you to take a big step down. Not only will this hurt your career, but it will also impact your quality of life. You’ll likely be making less money doing work that isn’t rewarding or is flat out boring for you. What’s more is that in the future, a prospective employer looking at your resume will question your wisdom in accepting a big demotion from a previous position.

With that said, if taking a small step back in your career will help you land a job at a Spokane firm you’ve always wanted to work for and there’s room for career growth, by all means, go for it. The bottom line is that it’s important to look at the big picture when planning your next career move.

2. An immediate offer.

If an employer makes you an offer on the spot, at your first interview, be wary. You may have knocked their socks off with your impressive skills; or they may be experiencing high turnover and be desperate to fill the position. If you’re uncertain, ask them questions about their turnover rate and how many jobs they currently have open or unfilled.

3. Vague answers.

To truly assess whether a job and an employer are a good fit for you, you should be asking lots of questions during the interview. But if the interviewer is giving you vague answers in return, that could be a sign of trouble. They could be trying to conceal a problem with the company or the fact that the job opening isn’t really what it seems to be. Reputable employers will give you clear and specific answers to your questions about their company and the job opening.

4. 11th hour changes.

If you’ve verbally accepted a job offer and the employer wants to make changes right before you sign a contract, this could be an indication of what’s to come in the future if you do accept the job – unpredictability and frustration.

5. Gut feelings.

When you leave a job interview, you will probably have a good sense of whether the job is right for you or not. Either you’ll feel a sense of elation at the prospect of landing the position, or a sense of doom at the thought of being offered the position. If it’s the latter, then go with your gut. Too often, candidates accept positions that they know aren’t right for them just so they can get back to work – only to wind up miserable in the end.

And if you need help finding a job that you love, please contact Provisional. We are an experienced and award-winning Spokane employment agency that has put more than 20,000 people to work since 1994. Contact us today – and you could be next!

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