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.

  8. This article called “10 signs you shouldn’t take the job” put into perspective important points I should take into consideration for not only searching for a job but also how I should act in an interview if I was ever in the position of employing another person. I believe first impressions are very important, especially when meeting a potential boss. Relevance pertaining to this article is very useful when I begin my job search after earning all degrees necessary for my personal goals. From reading this, I know as I begin to go on interviews, to make sure I am not only prepared myself for questions asked of me, but also prepared to be mindful of the employer and their reactions, types of questions asked, desire to be there, and knowledge about the business they work for or job title they have obtained. Reading this made me think about methods I can take to prepare for this; for example, creating questions I can ask because even though the interview is for the employer to get to know me, it is important I get to know the person as well because again, they could potentially be my boss. Researching about the job I want to apply for can be helpful in the process before making a decision to go on with an interview because I might be able to notice red flags like the article lists I should look for, and save myself the time to look for another opportunity. This article made me consider the idea of making sure the employer and I connect during the interview. Even though I have only had two jobs and am not-so-significant in terms of it being my profession, I feel like there would be nothing worse than working for someone you do not get along with because you would have to deal with them on a daily basis. Making sure that the first impression of each other and what you observed during the interview about the person interviewing you is foreseen is noteworthy for whether even considering taking the job or not. I learned that if I am having doubts about the employer, I should try to search for another job instead of ignoring the red flags that he/she said that may not fit the criteria of work I was looking for, the hours do not match well with my lifestyle or any other opposing issues. It is easy to just accept a job offer, but if I personally know I do not think the job would fit what I am looking for or if I would not have the dedication to go to work, it would be smarter to keep looking for another job that I could be happy at and have the enjoyable desire to attend to work.

  9. After a summer filled with many job interviews and working, I find what Jennifer Parris is proving with her insight about the tips on job taking to be relatable. To begin with the title “10 Signs You Shouldn’t Take the Job” provides an interesting preview to what people often forget when searching for Jobs. In today’s culture there is such a big emphasis on just getting a job that people most often forget about the true essence of a good work environment. Therefore, it is so common for so many people to feel trapped or very unhappy at their jobs within weeks. I found what the author mentions about the interview process to be relatable in many ways. Not many people realize but, in an interview, it is also easy to tell the how professional your superiors can be. The questions that are asked to you often serves as an indicator to how people would treat you at this job. Personally, when at a job interview, I always try to look my interviewer in the eye and ask them question in a direct manner. If I notice that the person cannot look me in the eye or gives me vague answers in my questions, I will often tell myself that this job will not be the right fit. Transparency is a vital way in which communications between a superior and a subordinate remain good. If a boss cannot be transparent with me, then I will find that my job holds no value. Although the emphasis on the interview process is one that is very important, Parris’ point about one’s attitude towards a job is pivotal. The cliché saying is always that one should not accept a job based off the money itself, but Parris also argues where one should not accept a job if they love it, but the money is not sufficient. I have found that although I may find a job enjoyable ultimately it is more important to find a good balance between money and likeliness when looking for one. For myself and my mindset there always needs to be a balance of most of the things found in life.

  10. I found this article very insightful because it outlines some of the characteristics we, as students, should be looking out for when entering the job search market, or even for internships. This article even provides people with stuff we should be looking for throughout the interview process. While in the interview stage on my job search, I feel like I should be doing as much research, going to as many professionals, and obtaining as much interview experience as I can to get a feel for what I should and should not be looking for in a career path out of college. Even though I have had multiple jobs in the past, I have only been on one interview because most of the jobs I had worked in high school were for local people and organizations that I have previously had past experience working with before. Many of the ten tips in the provided article are things to be looking out for in the interview process, such as unclear job responsibilities, an uncomfortable setting, badmouthing of other employees, and lack of transparency. Some of the other tips are things to be looking out for while actively working at said job, such as mandatory overtime, high staff turnover, lots of tests, and essentially a “shady” boss. I feel as if you are on high alert and asking questions during the interview process to get a feel if this position is the correct fit for you, you will be alright. Especially for college students, like myself, who might not have had much job interview experience in the past, it is important to understand the process and what to be on the look for. As a current junior, I feel like this article is very helpful due to the fact that it is providing me with some characteristics and instances to be looking to avoid during the job search and interview processes.

  11. I have been interviewed for over 12 jobs throughout my lifetime, and in fact I only took three of the jobs. Before reading this article, I did not know what the actual red flags are that you need to look out for, so in the past I just went with my gut instinct, and judging off of this article, I did a very good job with that. I think this is a great article because it can help young teenagers find the right first job and even adults, as every job is not for everybody. I feel like every single teenager just wants to start working. In my opinion, that means they will just apply everywhere and the first job that gets back to them, they will take no matter what. I am definitely guilty of doing this with my first job but I have learned from it since then. The first thing I would look for is a bad boss. If the boss looked unprofessional, or if they did not know what they were doing, I would not take the job. This, to me, was an early sign of a bad job because the boss is supposed to be professional and know how to run a business. A sloppy boss will never get done what he needs to in my opinion. During my first job interview, I walked into the building and the manager was sitting in his chair asleep. I walked right back out because that was a major red flag to me. I feel like the youth of this generation does not care who they work for and what they are like, as long as they are getting money in their pockets. One section I found very interesting in this article was the “badmouthing” section. In one of my previous jobs, the manager would just go around badmouthing everybody. I did not really put much mind into it before, but after reading the article, I realized that this is not good for a healthy workplace and I should have caught onto it sooner. The most important red flag in my opinion, however, is the employee turnover rate, in other words how many people get hired and fired each year. I think this is the best way to tell how good of a workplace you are about to be working in.

  12. An article such as this one is interesting because I could potentially use some of the tips mentioned in this article. I think most common tip that not all people follow is the ninth tip which is the “money matters” tip. This one basically explains how money should not be the sole reason for why someone accepts a job. There are exceptions to when people need the money and this tip will not be applicable. However, a lot of people especially people that are new to the work force, make the mistake of seeing what the pay may be and not weighing the cost of what you have to do to earn such a paycheck. This is an example of something being too good to be true. Oftentimes people want a lot of pay for minimal work and that just is not reality.
    In addition, I also found the first tip to be helpful as well. The whole paragraph explaining as to why a long interview process might be fishy is insightful in my opinion. Being new to the cooperate world, I have a slight ballpark of what an interview process might require. With this being said, if the interview process is too long that might show a lack of interest in you the potential employee, or little to no urgency to hire. I believe that this can go both ways that if a company is unreasonably quick to hire that might also be a red flag. If a company is asking for interviews on holidays or if the job is being extended to you quicker than anticipated, it might be a sign of desperation.
    Lastly, the point that the article made about the turnover rate of the company is also important. It would make sense for someone to be quick to jump on an offer from a company because they need to get back to work. But also checking to see how often a company is looking for a new employee is an important statistic to be aware of. Having a lot of people being hired can be good be a red flag because people can be leaving or getting fired often. However it can also be looked at as a good thing, perhaps the company is growing and joining the company at the right time can be a good decision. So all in all, these tips can all be helpful but they might not explain the whole story.

  13. As someone who hates their job more than anything in the world, this article could not come at a better time as my job hunt will be kicking off within the next few days. With that being said, it is important to go into an interview with expectations and standards. In Jennifer Parris’s article “10 Signs You Shouldn’t Take the Job”, what to look out for or not look out for is clearly laid out to aid those in the search of a new employer. In the case of an interview, not only is the interviewer observing you and figuring out if you are the right person for the job, but the person being interviewed should be observing to see if this is the right job for them. A very prominent red flag is “badmouthing”. At my current job, there is no shortage of badmouthing. My coworkers badmouth my supervisor and managers, my supervisor badmouths my coworkers and managers, and my managers badmouth my supervisor and coworkers. If they have anything going for them, it is that they are very inclusive when badmouthing because there is really no one left out. Additionally, high staff turnover is another important red flag. If an employer has the same position open every other month, there is probably something wrong there. At my position of customer service, there are always openings due to the constant hiring then quitting shortly thereafter because the job and all its perks, or lack thereof, is not even remotely close to being in the same universe as “semi-enjoyable”. Lastly, money matters is another important idea to keep in mind when searching for a new job. If the job seems like it is perfect for you, but you would be severely underpaid, or if you would hate the job but the pay is incredible, it is imperative that you really think about your decision on whether or not to take the job. Sacrificing your chance of wealth for fulfillment, or sacrificing your fulfillment for wealth is something that is not worth it, more often than not. So in totality, job hunting can be a very challenging phase of your life, especially if you are just starting out. With the advise given in Jennifer Parris’s article, it can be made a little bit easier.

  14. I truly wish this article was published in 2018 when I was 15 when I applied for my first job. In my life, I have applied for two jobs. The first job was when I was 15, trying to work at my local YMCA as a lifeguard. I was offered the job after going through the interview and resume process, but I declined for personal reasons. The second job I applied for was at 16 working at a local country club pool as a lifeguard and I had gotten and accepted the job, but I did not need to go through an interview process or give my resume to my employer, which I should have seen as a red flag, but I chose to ignore. Now that I quit my country club job, I now realize why my boss did not make his employees undergo a traditional hiring process: he was desperate for lifeguards. If you were CPR certified, you were immediately hired. The job had a large high staff turnover; however, my manager was able to convince me that it was because “many left for college”. After working there for four years, I can confidently say that the high staff turnover is because of the lack of professionalism from my manager. He would come into work up to four hours late every day, force me to stay overtime, and he would blame me for issues with the pool that have nothing to do with me. After 4 years of working 7-hour shifts every day of summer, my manager gave me a raise of $1.50 while he could give new employees raises of $2.00. Managers take advantage of young, minimum-wage workers very often, which is a sad truth.
    If I read this article before applying to the country club, I would have never accepted the job. Having a reliable and professional boss is a very important part of being successful at work. During the four years I worked at the club, I chose to ignore the red flags I saw and experienced because money was involved. Now that I am older, I realized that there are many other jobs that offer better pay and treat their employers better that I could have experienced instead of torturing myself for 4 years. Before I go through another hiring process, I will be sure to reread this article to ensure that I am not setting myself up to work with a bad boss or at a bad job again.

  15. From the first part time job I got in high school, my mom has always stressed to me that in a job interview, I should be interviewing them as much as they are to me. This isn’t to say that I would be in an interview asking all the questions, but more so to keep an eye out for potential red flags in future employers. This article supported what I was taught and then went on to provide some specific things to look for throughout the interviewing process. The one that stood out the most to me was not really liking your potential future boss. I believe that bosses have the ability to make someone like or dislike a job more than any other factor at a job, so making sure that you don’t immediately have reservations about this person makes a ton of sense to me. They also made a valid point in stating that typically, people put their best foot forward in an interview, so if someone’s best foot didn’t qualify to your standards, you can be sure that it’s only down hill from there. Two more that I found particularly important were a high staff turnover rate, and bad mouthing. If there is a high turnover rate, I wouldn’t work at a company because there is clearly something wrong with the company that led to a majority of people feeling like they couldn’t work there. It’s like someone telling you how bad something tasted and then offering you a bite. Most people would say no thanks. One thing that I have learned in life is that if people talk bad about others behind their back, they will likely do the same to you. According to this article, the same applies in the business world, so working for a company that badmouths would mean you never really trust those around you. This article had many great tips, but for me these three were the highlights and the one’s I’ll probably look out for the most.

  16. The article is about ten things you should consider while job hunting. It can be difficult to find the job you are looking for and there are times you will find jobs offers that are enticing, but there are some red flags we should look out for during the interviewing process. Some of those red flags are mandatory overtime, badmouthing, or even repeated job postings. These things may not seem like a bad thing, but it is very informative as to how you will be treated at the firm. For instance, if the job is posted repeatedly, it could indicate that they are not able to hold someone for long or that they are having difficulty finding the right candidate for the job. The job interview is important, but it is also important to find the right job for ourselves.
    I love having interviews. I have had a couple of interviews so far, but there were some interviews that made me think twice about the role. There were times they would ask me just questions and would leave me little or no time to ask my own questions. One time I also applied for an entry level program, but they asked me numerous questions about programming and technology, which was not directly related to the program. I did my research on the program and the company, but it felt as if they were looking for someone with experience. That is why it is also important to know whether the job is a perfect fit or not.
    My most recent job interview was the most entertaining interview I have ever had. At first, I was anxious because it was an hour long interview with four interviewers. I soon realized that these interviewers were great people and they really wanted to get to know me. It was very engaging, and I was able to show my passion in finance. I was also able to learn a lot about the people at the firm and how I would fit in the role. At the end of the interview, I knew I did well and I was almost certain that I would get the role. The next day I received a call from a recruiter, and I was told I got the position. I did not notice any red flags and I instantly knew I wanted to work for this company. Even after getting the role, I am still looking out to get any more interviews to practice and have fun. But that is why it is important to stay alert of any indicators that will dictate your experience in a role. You can learn a lot about the people and firm just by an interview.

  17. This articles come useful for anyone. We know that from time to time we all are looking for a new job, like once we are out of college or during, we will need a job. Even though it can be your first job, it is helping to know the warning signs before accepting a new job. A red flag meaning something doesn’t look right just understanding maybe it is a job I won’t take or want. When looking for a job you should know what doesn’t look right or there can be warning that maybe you didn’t think of before that is not right. it’s always good to know what they are. This article is helpful in the sense that when I start looking for a job after college, I’m going to know why this job is right for me. Just because maybe, I got the job and there are warning signs I would think are good for after reading this article. In any position that I take I’m going to need to be happy and well respected. What things I need to know when going into an interview. To start with, I’m not sure about the boss. He’s not interested in my skills or in me. I’m going to think about it twice. These ten signs help in any way for a friend or myself. I think about how they bring up topics that will show up in an interview. To say if I’m applying for a job in a financial office and they are not sure what I’m gonna do or they have me doing everything else except what I’m applying for. I like how to come into a topic about money. Money is a big issue we all have for being under paid and not being paid enough for my job that they said I was going to get paid. There’s a lot of people that say I’m not doing it for money but money has to be at least a question because you can’t make a living off it. What’s the point? For saying if I’m paid for overtime that they are asking me for that is a warning. Applying these ten warnings next time applying for a job with the warning will help. Now I can recognize them.

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