Warning Signs for Job Seekers in an Interview

Don't let yourself be pushed around in an interview. Read this post to find out when it's time to bail out of the job interview.

Warning Signs for Candidates

For many candidates, the final step of the recruitment process can be just as daunting as that initial formal interview. Receiving an offer from an organisation you have spent the past two weeks proving yourself too should be time for celebration, but for a lot of candidates I speak to, they are filled with hesitation about the thought of regretting the acceptance of this offer. As I have pointed out in a few of my other posts, at CareerJunctionLtd we mainly deal with the passive job market – which means the candidates we get offers for are typically content in their current roles, but open to great opportunities. But how can you really determine what a great opportunity is and how can you be sure you aren’t leaving you current, safe job to join a train-wreck of a company? Although gut instinct is usually a pretty strong indicator for most people, I want to talk about the warning signs candidates must be aware of when it comes to accepting any new position.

From the second you engage with an organisation regarding a new position, it’s important to remember they are on trial here just as much as you are. First things first;

  • Do you feel valued as a candidate and are you treated with respect?
    As a potential future employee, you should feel welcomed and included by those responsible for managing the recruitment process of the organisation you are applying with. If you feel you are being treated as just another CV, it doesn’t speak volumes about the way the way you may be treated as an employee.

  • Are you responded to in a timely manner and are you kept updated with where things are at regarding your application?
    Companies that are well organised and have sound processes in place should be capable of managing several candidates for a new position. You want to make sure you aren’t walking into a circus!

  • Are your interviews run effectively?
    Does your potential future employer reschedule your interview several times? Are they prepared for you? This again speaks to respect. Reschedules are sometimes inevitable, but you should be a priority. It’s also important to note how your actual interviews are conducted – is everyone in the company on the same page? Make sure you ask questions to find out!

  • Does the position you are interviewing for have a direction?
    It’s important you are joining a company that sees a future for you. If your future employer doesn’t have a clear direction for your role or where it can possibly lead, warning bells should be ringing in your head.

  • Does the company have a vision?
    Do they have reachable goals that they are striving towards and do you believe that they can get there. The only thing worse than a company with unattainable goals is those with none at all.

As a candidate, taking the decision to move into a new role is always going to have a large impact on yourself, your family and your life as a whole. All too often I see candidates ignoring the warning signs and accepting roles with organisations only to regret it a few months later. Make sure you take note of how you as a candidate are treated throughout the recruitment process and listen to your gut. If you feel you are walking into an organisation that lacks leadership or direction, or you feel you aren’t given the respect as a potential future employee you deserve – run!

Eamonn Dunn

920 Recruitment, Auckland