17 Red Flags To Look Out For During Job Interviews

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they are also an opportunity to assess if a company is the right fit for you.

Here are some subtle red flags to watch out for during a job interview that may indicate that working there would not be ideal.

1. Vague Answers About Training

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If the interviewer stumbles or gives vague answers when asked about training and learning curves, it may indicate a lack of a structured onboarding process. A well-organized company will have a clear and detailed training plan for new employees.

2. Discussion of Generous Severance Packages

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If the interviewer discusses their generous severance packages during the initial interview, it may indicate a high turnover rate. A company with a stable workforce is less likely to highlight severance packages upfront.

3. Overtime is ‘Not Mandatory’

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If you are told that overtime isn’t mandatory, but most employees stick around after hours most days, it may indicate that overtime is, in fact, expected. A healthy work-life balance is crucial for overall well-being.

4. Condescending Remarks

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If an interviewer makes condescending remarks towards another interviewer or employee, it may indicate a toxic work environment. Respectful communication is key to a healthy work culture.

5. Grilled by Multiple Managers

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If you are grilled by multiple managers during a second interview, it may indicate a lack of organization or communication within the company. A well-structured interview process is a sign of a well-organized company.

6. Overemphasis on Perks

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If the interviewer spends a lot of time discussing the perks of the job, but not much time on the job responsibilities or growth opportunities, it may indicate that the company is trying to distract from less desirable aspects of the job.

7. High Employee Turnover

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If the interviewer mentions that many employees have left the company recently, or if there are many new employees, it may indicate a high turnover rate, which can be a sign of a toxic work environment.

8. Lack of Enthusiasm

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If the interviewer does not seem enthusiastic about the company or the role, it may indicate a lack of passion or satisfaction with the company. You want to work for a company where the employees are passionate and satisfied with their work.

9. Interviewing for a Position That is Currently Occupied

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If you discover during the interview that the position you are applying for is still occupied, it may indicate a lack of transparency and unethical practices. The current employee may be unaware of their impending replacement, which reflects poorly on the company’s communication and ethics.

10. Lack of a Clear Job Description

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A vague job description may indicate that the company has not clearly defined the role or its expectations. This lack of planning can lead to misunderstandings, unrealistic expectations, and a lack of support once you start the job, all of which can negatively impact your job satisfaction and career growth.

11. Overemphasis on the Negative Aspects of the Job

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If the interviewer focuses more on the challenges and negative aspects of the job without discussing the positive aspects and growth opportunities, it may indicate a lack of enthusiasm and satisfaction with the company. It may also indicate that the company is not proactive in addressing and resolving challenges faced by its employees.

12. Lack of Interest in Your Questions

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If the interviewer seems disinterested in your questions or provides vague and unthoughtful answers, it may indicate a lack of interest in your well-being and success at the company. This lack of interest may extend to a lack of support and opportunities for growth once you start the job.

13. Disorganized Onboarding Process

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An unclear or disorganized onboarding process may indicate a lack of organization and support for new employees. A well-structured onboarding process is crucial for helping new employees integrate into the company and succeed in their roles.

14. High-Stress Environment

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If the interviewer or other employees seem stressed, overwhelmed, or unhappy, it may indicate a high-stress work environment. Chronic stress can lead to burnout, decreased job satisfaction, and negative impacts on your mental and physical health.

15. Lack of Enthusiasm About Training

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A lack of enthusiasm when discussing training may indicate that the company does not prioritize employee development. This lack of support can hinder your ability to acquire new skills, adapt to the role, and ultimately succeed in your position.

16. Lack of Diversity

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are crucial not only for moral reasons but also for significant business gains.

A diverse workforce leads to better products, increased equity, and higher creativity and profitability. It reflects society more accurately, speaks to a broader audience, and brings fresh ideas and innovative solutions.

However, it’s not just about having diverse employees, it’s also about creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and included. Therefore, companies must actively foster diversity and inclusion to reap these benefits.1

17. Negative Online Reviews

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While not part of the interview itself, negative reviews on websites can provide insight into the company culture and potential red flags.

Online reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. Common complaints about management, work-life balance, or company culture may indicate systemic problems that could affect your experience as an employee.

A job interview is not just for the company to assess if you are a good fit for them, but also for you to assess if the company is a good fit for you. Pay attention to these subtle red flags to make an informed decision about your next career move.

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  2. resources.workable.com/stories-and-insights/diversity-inclusion-in-the-workplace

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Martha A. Lavallie
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