22 Red Flags to Look for When Applying for a Job

Job searching can take a lot time to find what best suits your professional career. Knowing these red flags can provide you with a reason to look a little closer to see if that job really would be a good fit for you.

  1. Vague Job Description. You should be able to figure out what you’ll be expected to do.
  2. Culture of Work, Work, Work. Does the hiring manager say things like, “Many of our employees stay later?”
  3. Unprofessional Communication. This could indicate that your potential employer doesn’t have a sense of boundaries.
  4. Lack of Communication. If a company says they’ll get back to you in a few days and several weeks go by, that could be a red flag.
  5. Earning Potential is Stressed Over Current Salary. IF you’re told that a low salary will be made up for later, that could be a red flag.
  6. You’re Offered a Different Job Than You Applied For. What’s the new job description? If it’s substantially the same, but comes with a lower salary, that’s a red flag.
  7. You Can’t Get a Straight Answer on the Promotion Track. If your hiring manager can’t outline a career track, maybe you’re entering a dead-end position.
  8. An Ill-Defined Company Mission. Without a good plan, a company is more likely to fail.
  9. You’ve Just Seen Unsettling News Reports. If news reports indicate a shake up, it might be better to focus on other opportunities.
  10. A Poorly Designed Company Website. A company that doesn’t pay attention to details probably isn’t going to care much about its employees.
  11. Your Interviewer is Messy. Is the desk completely covered? Is the trash can overflowing?
  12. Combination of Low Salary and Few Benefits. Without solid benefits to offset a lower salary, it might not be worth taking the job.
  13. The Company Lowballs Your Salary Offer. If the salary doesn’t match what was offered in the ad, the employer might not live up to other promises.
  14. They Offer You the Job on the Spot. Wait a minute. Why are they so eager to nail you down?
  15. Company Reviews Are Poor. If there are a lot of poor employee ratings for the company on Glassdoor, that’s a huge red flag.
  16. Current Employees Don’t Have Much Good to Say. If they can’t seem to find a way to convey anything other than lukewarm or doubtful praise, that could be a red flag.
  17. You’re Treated Rudely During the Interview. Pay attention to how employees treat each other while you’re there.
  18. The Terms of Employment Keep Changing. Check for discrepancies in what you were told and the final offer.
  19. The Application Process Is Cumbersome. Is the application confusing frustrating and inefficient?
  20. You’re Asked to Work for Free. If your potential employer doesn’t value you or your time, that could be telling in the work environment.
  21. Unorganized Onboarding Process. If an employer doesn’t have some sort of onboarding process, they might not have the systems in place to effectively scale their company.
  22. You Can’t See the Employee Handbook. The company should allow you to read it and ask questions.

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