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Red Flags to Watch Out For During a Job Interview
Written by Alan Carniol
Look for these red flags to avoid making a bad career move.
When the goal is a job interview, applicants should evaluate their potential employers. No one is ever required to accept a job offer. If you think there are potential deal breakers, feel free to decline the offer professionally.
Here are some of the most common red flags to watch out for during a job interview:
Most people don’t want to work in a company where employees are rude to each other. Take some time to evaluate how employees interact. Do they enjoy working with each other? Is the level of respect clear?
Rude Prospective Boss
Fully prepare for the interview so that you can think clearly. Evaluate if the interviewer is responding well to your answers. If the interviewer is distracted while talking to you, it’s probably best to look for a different job opportunity.
They Seem Unethical
Study the body language and other subtle cues of your interviewer and other employees. How friendly are they with each other? If you see negative or uncomfortable interactions between employees, you may want to think carefully before accepting the job offer.
Vague Job Description
If you think the job description is too vague, feel free to ask specific questions during the interview. It is important to know the scope of the job you are applying for. In some cases, people find out the job they’ve accepted bears little resemblance to the description. This is important, because entering a workplace like this where roles are unclear can stall your career progress.
Keep in mind that job interviews should provide answers to your questions. If the interview leaves you with more questions, consider looking for a different company that better matches your expectations.
They Don’t Value Your Time
If a company makes you wait to start the interview without providing any reason why, this is a sign that they don’t respect you and your time. A company should understand that everyone’s time is valuable. If you run into this or any other potential deal breakers, feel free to politely and professionally decline a job offer.
How to Job Hunt Like a Pro
Written by Alan Carniol (Interview Success Formula)
Get their attention and stand out from the rest. These job search practices can help you increase your chances of getting hired:
1. Set up your voicemail greeting. Personalize your voicemail to help HR professionals know they’ve reached the right person. Use a friendly, professional greeting that includes your name.
2. Create a business card. Consider investing in business cards. They make sharing your contact information easy. (And a business card is more professional than writing your info down on a napkin.)
It’s also easier to network with business cards on hand. You can use an all-purpose business card with your name, contact number, email address and LinkedIn profile URL. You may want to use a broader occupational title instead of a specific job title (unless your skills and knowledge are in a very specific niche).
3. Coach your references. After you’ve asked your colleagues or mentors to be references, remember to stay in touch with them, especially when you’re in the final stages of the interview process.
You can give them a heads-up by sending them an email that details the job posting. Include all the skills the job requires, as well as the job description. Your references will appreciate your effort and professionalism.
4. Respond to inquiries as soon as possible. Reply to emails quickly and prove that you’re responsible enough to send a message back. Responding with a short acknowledgement email is better than not getting a reply at all.
5. Follow up with a thank-you note. After a networking exchange, send a thank-you note in appreciation of the person’s effort to meet with you. (This is important, especially if the person went out of his or her way just to meet you.) Thank-you notes at any point in a job search are a great way to express your gratitude.
6. Update your network. After getting a job, don’t forget to close the loop with all the contacts you’ve made during your job search process. Thank them for their assistance and keep in touch with them, especially if they need help. Doing this will build strong relationships as you continue to reach your career goals.
Job hunting is competitive, and the smallest kind and professional gestures can make a big difference in your search.
The law prohibits employers from inquiring into a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or obtaining a credit history report:
As many Chicago businesses look to increase hiring in the new year, it is important to keep in mind that both the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and Illinois state law prohibit employers in most circumstances from using a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or other credit information as a factor in any employment decision (i.e. hiring, firing, changing terms of employment, etc.). With limited exceptions, the law prohibits employers from inquiring into a candidate’s or employee’s credit history or obtaining a credit history report from a consumer reporting agency. Employers engaged in the hiring process should be mindful of the types of inquiries that could turn the search for the ideal candidate into a discriminatory scenario, exposing them to liability under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance. Further information can be found at CCHR.
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