As one of Spokane, Washington’s top employment firms, Provisional knows that candidates tend to look at job interviews one way:
Like they’re on their way to the most important test of their life.
But while it’s true that job interviews are tests of sorts, you’re not the only one getting tested. In fact, you should also be testing the interviewer and the company to make sure they’re a good fit for your background and personality.
And if you’re not, you could be making a big mistake.
In fact, by not asking thoughtful questions and by ignoring red flags that an interviewer won’t make the best boss, you could be setting yourself up for career failure.
So what are some red flags you should be on the lookout for? Here are 5:
1. They Don’t Pay Any Attention to You.
The purpose of a job interview is to get to know each other, so you and the interviewer can both determine whether you’d be a good fit for the position. But if your interviewer is too busy answering emails or checking messages, then that’s a sign of how you will be treated on the job – with disrespect.
2. They Can’t Answer Your Questions.
Any smart candidate will have at least a few questions prepared to ask. But if the interviewer can’t answer even the most basic one, then either they’re trying to cover something up or they’re completely unprepared. Either way, not good.
3. They Don’t Offer Room to Grow.
If you get a blank stare when you ask about employee training and development, mentoring, and opportunities for advancement, then chances are the company and the interviewer are not the most dynamic.
4. They Ask Out-of-Bounds Questions.
Interviewers cannot ask you personal questions about your marital status, whether you have kids, or your religious affiliation. So if an interviewer seems friendly and talks about their own families or personal lives a lot, it may just be a ploy to get you to talk about your personal life.
5. They Seem Overly Judgmental.
If an interviewer puts you down or degrades you in any way, then run, don’t walk, in the other direction. If they can’t act civil during a job interview, just imagine how much worse it will be when you work for them.
Want Help Finding a Great Boss?
If you want help finding a great boss – one that can empower you and help you advance your career, let Provisional know. As one of Spokane, Washington’s top employment firms, we can connect you with rewarding opportunities at dynamic companies throughout the area.