When a company is hiring, an applicant should assume that they (the company) are on their “best behavior” during the process. So, if arrangements are disorganized, interviewers seem unfriendly, people around the office seem unhappy or disgruntled, someone makes a snide remark about the boss or HR is unclear about the position’s duties – consider yourself forewarned.
In Watch for Interview Warning Signs, Liz Ryan echos this sentiment for BusinessWeek.
So often, job seekers, maybe desperate for a new opportunity (or any opportunity) or dazzled by a high salary, close their eyes to all of the red flags raised during the process. DON’T DO IT! If you aren’t treated well and with respect during the interview and negotiations, assume things will only get worse once you are on the payroll.
You can almost guarantee that the red flags you noticed but ignored during the process will come into play as an employee. Unfortunately, the reverse guarantee isn’t true. If everything smells like roses and proverbial harps play before you are hired, it is no guarantee that you’ve landed at Utopia, Inc. Remember, everyone is on their best behavior!
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