Don’t miss these “red flags” in a job interview

Don't miss these "red flags" in a job interview

Job interviews are often seen from the recruiter’s point of view. But employees also use this meeting to learn more about the company they are considering joining. They pay particular attention to certain signals, or “red flags”, which portend questionable managerial practices.

The telecommunications company VoiceNation surveyed 1,500 Americans to find out the “red flags” that scare them away during a job interview. It turns out that 38% of respondents take a very dim view of companies that do not indicate a salary range for the position they are seeking to fill. This bad practice is deeply rooted in recruitment processes, and not only in the United States. Many French people complain of seeing the formula “salary according to profile” in the job offers they consult.

Because not indicating a salary range contributes to reinforcing salary inequalities within the working population. Numerous studies show, for example, that men are more inclined to negotiate their salary which seems fairer to them, while women are more inclined to directly accept what is offered to them. This explains, in part, why women are paid less than men, for equivalent working hours and positions.

The recruiter’s lack of availability is another “red flag”, cited in 25% of cases. It’s not uncommon for a job interview to have to be postponed for a variety of reasons. But if it happens several times, it can arouse suspicion. The candidate may see this as a sign that the company to which he is applying does not consider recruitment as one of its priorities, and therefore lose interest in it in favor of another, more respectful of his time.

Looking for clues about company culture

A quarter of the employees surveyed do not appreciate it when the interviewer asks them questions that are irrelevant or too personal. In principle, a job interview should focus on the candidate’s previous professional experience as well as their skills (“soft skills”, “hard skills”, etc.). But it happens that themes relating to private life are addressed, such as that of the family. You should remain calm and politely deflect the question, by explaining, for example, that your family situation will not prevent you from carrying out the missions entrusted to you. Whatever response you give to these indiscreet questions, pay attention to the recruiter’s reaction. This will give you clues about the company culture.

Another “red flag”, and not the least: lack of respect. A recruiter who is openly unpleasant or contemptuous of his colleagues is a very bad omen. This can reflect a toxic atmosphere where it is not good to work. If in doubt, it is always possible to contact one or more employees of the company you are thinking of joining. Their feedback will help you get a more precise idea of ​​the real situation of the club and the atmosphere there.

In general, trust your instincts. The job interview is your opportunity to find out whether a company is right for you or not. So don’t hesitate to ask any questions you think are important to make an informed decision. Also stay alert for potential “red flags”: they can hide in small details. So, be wary if the recruiter is avoidant when you ask him for specific information on the position you are seeking. This can hide unpleasant surprises.