When You Should Run Away From A Job Offer Screaming

Intuition. That feeling in your gut that you can’t quite ignore…even when you want to. That’s what a lot of job search success boils down to. The job looks perfect on paper but what is the description really telling you? And is it what you want to hear?

The Job Description Is Vague

Sometimes managers and HR will put together a job description that says a lot but, at the same time, doesn’t say a lot. You feel like you’re getting the runaround about what the position actually entails and what you would be doing. During an interview if you ask about specifics, you don’t get an actual answer. They might say something about you developing the position as it goes along, or working between departments (which can get very tricky). I’ve known people who go into a job thinking they’ll be doing one thing and end up doing something completely different. The old switcharoo usually isn’t in the new employee’s best interest.

The Interviewer (Your Future Boss or Colleague) Is Brisk

You want to feel comfortable with the people you would be working with so the last thing you want is not even like them during the interview. If you feel that they don’t really care that you’re there or that you don’t matter, it’s only going to get worse if you’re hired. Even though the interviewer has a lot going on, they should respect you and your time. When you ask questions, they should be forthcoming and thorough. If they brush you off, you need to look elsewhere.

You Don’t Have A Desk…Yet

It may not seem like a big deal if you don’t have a place to call your own right away. However, that means they’re not really ready for you. Sometimes companies get in such a hurry to hire someone that they forget about all the details. A day or two isn’t that bad but when it goes into more than a week and you’re still sharing a desk or office, that’s when it starts to get messy. For you and for the unlucky person who is having to share their space with you.

People Are Eating Lunch At Their Desks

There’s always those employees who will choose to eat at their desks. That’s fine and it’s their prerogative. However, if you see the majority of the company or department doing so, that might be cause for alarm. If they don’t have time to go out, or even to the break room, that might be a sign that they are overworked. And what does being overworked cause? Unhappiness. The hope may be that you’re the answer to their problems and you’ll alleviate some of their burden, but proceed with caution. You might end up right alongside them.

Even though you may really be in need of a job, you don’t want to jump into a bad situation. Yes, sometimes you have no choice. However, if you do have a choice, take your time to decide if the position, and company, is a place you’d feel comfortable calling your employer.


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