10 Signs You Shouldn’t Take The Job

from Fast Company

You’re in the middle of an interview for a position that you really want—but something’s not quite right. Maybe you can’t put your finger on it, but there’s something off during your interview. No matter what position you’re applying for, there are some definite job search warning signs that job seekers should be aware of during the search process.

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  1. As someone who has had three job interviews and has worked for all three jobs I can say there are signs that one should not take the job. Stated in the article, “A TOO-LONG INTERVIEW PROCESS.” This is a major sign to not take the job because it means going over your application and getting back in contact with you may not be a huge priority to them. If a company wants to hire you they get you on their team quickly because they feel you will fit the needs of the role. Another major sign would be the attitude of the boss because this is someone who you would be dealing with on a daily basis and would want to build a strong relationship with. If the boss shows no interest in you and doesn’t keep the conversation going there is a high chance that they wont change once your hired. This will affect your job completely, not only will you be miserable however, you will dread going to work everyday and wont complete your task efficiently. Finally, I can go on and on about the signs one should look out for when being interviewed. Nevertheless, the main thing would be to feel the vibe of the company and see if you can picture yourself there for the years to come.

  2. This article caught my eye because this article can be very helpful to me in the future. This article has helped me when it comes to choosing my job in the future. The first thing to make sure of is that you are sure about the boss. The boss is one of the most important roles when it comes to starting off your job. They are in charge of you after all. A bad boss can ruin your experience at your job and his business. Another sign of a job that you should not take is a long or horrible interview. A long interview is a bad sign because it will probably take them a long time to get back to you because it is a lot of information that they have to take in. A horrible interview in my opinion is a clear sign because it will show that they might really not be that interested in you for that job or position. Seeing high staff turnover can be a problem because it shows that they are having problems with people keeping their jobs there. Lastly, another big factor is how much you are going to get paid because after all, you need to provide for yourself and eventually a family. That is why this article will be very helpful to me in the future.

  3. This article could be very useful and helpful for anyone who is inexperienced or unclear of what to look for in a job interview. I believe the signs lie within the smallest of details and some of them were in the list. But at the same time, I believe it is impossible to identify ten signs that are all there is because there are so many things that could happen that would lead to a bad impression in a job interview.
    I really like the topic which says ‘money matters’. I say that because my way of seeing a job is an opportunity and choice to find some meaning and pleasure in life. People should never be going to work because they like the money it makes, because the amount of time they will spend being unhappy is way more expensive than their salary could pay. In life we have the freedom to be and do whatever we want, then why not do something positive? I really suffer when I see people who are so unhappy when they are working and I am in total agreement with this in the article.
    Added to that, I believe it is important to consider that in the world in which we live nowadays is impossible to be happy without a minimum amount of money, therefore happiness and doing something a person likes is best friends with a healthy life, which comes from a decent salary, but a job should never be chosen by its paycheck.

  4. This article is very useful and favorable towards students that just graduated college. It equips them with an essential skill during the busy search for a job. The study provides signs to avoid a potential poor occupation and enables the individual to pursue other options. The overall warning signs include complicated entry processes and insufficient working conditions. These cover difficult uncomfortable interviews, high staff turnovers, and mandatory overtime. I would like to further elaborate on why the balance between work and life is necessary.
    Work-life balance is very crucial to the success of a company and the emotional well-being of its employees. 85% of companies that offer work-life balance programs for their employees report an increase in productivity. When workers are physically and psychologically drained they take drastic measures and even take the decision to quit especially during the pandemic. In 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 47 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs. College graduates have to offer their best effort and hard work but simultaneously recognize their limits.

  5. There are countless red flags available to indicate whether a certain job is a good fit, or something you should avoid. I also believe that these red flags vary by industry and job role as there are different expectations for employees in different roles and sectors of the economy. For example, mandatory overtime, can be a large red flag for certain jobs, but could be expected with others. Also, if someone is well compensated with a good salary and benefits, it may be expected that this employee works well beyond the number of hours on the job description. In fact, many workers are always in a state of working, and are rarely not thinking about their work. For example, employees who are doctors, will never work solely for the number of hours they are being compensated for. Good doctors are always researching and thinking about their patients’ problems after the hours which they are being compensated for. Also, anyone who is managing another person’s money, works as an investment banker, or works as a stockbroker will always have their eyes on the stock market. These employees will have to monitor and take action when financial markets are impacted regardless of the time of day, or if the employee is on vacation. Furthermore, anyone who is interested in acquiring a small business or starting their own small business, understands that any time they are not working in their business, they are losing money. Everyday, a small business is closed, the owners are losing out on money they could have made. There are no defined work hours, when someone owns their own business. The less hours you work, the less money you make. This example of acquiring and owning a small business is a great example of a job where overtime is required to be as profitable as possible. So, job expectations are different in every industry and job role. This requires us to use different measures to see if a certain job is good or one which should be avoided. The 10 signs of a bad job provided in this article are a fantastic starting point for identifying red flags of bad jobs. However, these signs are not universal for all jobs and industries. These 10 signs can be modified or swapped out of other industry specific or job role specific red flags. Overall, its important to know that no job or employer is perfect and that their will always be less desirable parts of every job. What’s important is that we either learn how to minimize the negative aspects of our job while maximizing the positive aspects of it, or we balance out benefits of the job with its costs. If the costs are too great, then we have discovered that the job is not worth our time. As a recap, the generic 10 red flags of a bad job which one should look for are, a very long interview process, having negative feelings about the boss, the job role is unclear, the interview was uncomfortable, too many preemployment tests, high staff turnover, mandatory overtime, employee bad mouthing, lower than market average pay, and lack of transparency. Begin to apply these bad job red flags, a modified version of these 10 red flags, or industry or job specific red flags in your job search process today.

  6. This article is a great outreach for people getting started in their work life. I have always had the firm belief in which one will never experience great success if they don’t chase after their passion. I feel like this is more targeted and helpful to people who have just graduated college and are in pursuit of finding a job and or career. With that being said, it is important for one to jumpstart into their career search and indicate what would be more appealing to their liking. I appreciate how the article had outlined and detailed the things that wouldn’t bode well in a job interview, but I believe that if one is so stuck on their appearance to an interviewer, they wouldn’t present their real self and would be able to get hired for who they pretend to be rather than who they really are as a potential employee or person.
    I truly believe, in some sense, money buys freedom which can buy happiness. I don’t think potential employees should solely consider how much their salary could be, but to think if they can really get up every morning and do whatever the job requires and be at peace with themselves. I tend to think that money “talks” in very minimal situations throughout life, but this is something that can’t be collateral as opposed to your happiness. People should really be happy with what they do and try to make a difference in the world, especially to others.

  7. At this point in my life, I am looking for potential internships that pertain to my future professional career anywhere I can get one. I do not have too much leeway to choose between jobs as I have no previous experience. Before the tight labor market we are experiencing, I believe everybody had the same mentality with little to no experience. People with more credentials can negotiate their professional position given the demand for them. I never thought there were signs from job interviews that signified I should not take the position. After reading this article, I now realize that when I get to a leverage position, I should look out for these signs to avoid getting myself into unwanted positions. Watching banking movies, I have always been under the impression that hiring managers act as if the interviewee is below them. But in actuality, they try to impress the potential prospect as well to lure in the best talents. All in all this list has opened my eyes to another side of the interviewing process that I was not aware of. In my future ventures, I will definitely look us these tips to avoid unfavorable positions in companies.

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