When we think of an interview, we often don’t envision preparing for red flags from the company we are interviewing with.
An interview is a special privilege for potential candidates willing to fulfill the needs of a particular position within a company. And while that privilege is special and exciting, sometimes that privilege can be a real liability!
When you interview for a company, there’s only a certain number of things you know of coming in, such as job description, values of the company, and so forth, but on paper, vs., in reality, are two separate animals.
In this day and age, there are many companies out there that look good in every way, except in the ways that you don’t know that could potentially come back to haunt you if you are not careful!
Companies often look for red flags when hiring, so why shouldn’t you when you are interviewing? For your own future, you want to make sure you are in the best possible position to identify interview questions that could be potential red flags.
Here are the three interview moves that are major red flags about the company!
- When they don’t tell you about the work hours.
- When they say, “You tell me a number, and I’ll make it happen,” about your wage.
- When they say, “We don’t need a contract.”
Let’s look at each.
When they don’t tell you about the work hours!
Work hours and time commitments. This is often a way in which employers can pull a fast one on you.
Management has the responsibility of reaching the bottom line every day, whether it be sales quotas or a series of tasks that require a team effort….and trust me, they need all the help they can get!
But just because they need your time doesn’t mean they can’t be transparent with you on what that looks like.
More often than not, companies that are vague, unclear, or simply not willing to acknowledge when the proper working hours are, often have an ulterior motive to work you as they see fit, which can be a rabbit hole straight into a nightmare!
If you feel that this is the case while you are in an interview, don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about what specifically the working hours are, and let them know of your availability. If that fails, too, don’t continue further!
When they say, “You tell me a number, and I’ll make it happen” about your wage.
If you find the vague time commitment a red flag, be sure to always keep your ears peeled for the salary and make it happen. Our goal in an interview is to perform well, to land a position in the company for a whole host of reasons.
However, in the pursuit of succeeding in the interview process, we tend to sell ourselves short, wishing to be seen as less of a burden and more attractive as a candidate; thus when they ask this question, we will devalue our worth and accept a smaller wage than our expertise deserves.
A very deceptive tactic that preys on your lack of knowledge and eagerness to get hired is the promise of an all too good salary. If you hear this question, follow it up by asking what their budget is, and ask if they can elaborate on their compensation package, with details.
If they are unwilling to discuss those basic details, such as the payment for the work you’ll be doing if hired, be wary. Always look for clarity on pay structure, like salary, hourly, commission, etc.
When they say, “We don’t need a contract.”
One of the most basic forms of trust between employer and employee is a signed contract.
While a shake of the hand is what people used to do, there is a reason people moved to written and signed contracts.
A contract indicating employment guidelines such as the wage, expectations, and so forth, will be followed with the utmost integrity. Without one, there is no guarantee that anything discussed regarding your terms of conditions will happen.
Hearing this in an interview is a hands-down deal-breaker that, to put it quite frankly, is not worth your time. Although a blatant disregard of your rights as an employee, it happens more often than you think.
Remember, if it isn’t in writing, it doesn’t count, so if you hear this in an interview, walk away and don’t look back!
As a potential candidate, one of the biggest jobs you have is finding a company that is not just willing to employ you, but willing to invest in you down the road.
Understand your worth when going into an interview. When they can’t get the facts straight on specific details that have huge implications, like hours worked, wage, employee protection resources, and so forth, why continue?
Take your expertise somewhere else, and you’ll be 100x glad you did!