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When you are on an interview, are there any red flags to look out for from a potential employer?

Should I watch out for certain questions that they ask? Is there anything you have learned in hindsight from an interview that should have paid more attention to? #job-search #interviews #job-search-strategies

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Rafael’s Answer

Prepare for questions that ask what you have accomplished thus far and where do you want to be in the future. Overall make sure that during your interview you are highlighting the great things that you do.

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Carol’s Answer

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i have worked for large and small companies as a contract recruiter for 30 years and I agree with Spencer. The things that I look for in a candidate before I send them forward to interview with a hiring manager are not just whether they have the skills we need. However that is critical. For me I want to know if can they articulate what they do clearly. Be careful to answer their question clearly and not to talk on and on. If a person has had a few jobs have their jobs changes made sense. For example...have they job hopped just for money (which is a red flag for me.)...does it appear they got fired from their jobs. As a candidate attitude in my interviews is important. Over confident people don’t get far with me. And Spencer is right when he says it has to be the right fit for you. If you interview with the Manager you would be working for you can ask him/her what their management style is like. You can ask why the job is open. What a successful employee is to them. Depending on how receptive they are to your questions you can ask what they would like to see different in their current company. Most people love to talk about themselves even the hiring managers. People need jobs for a number of reasons. And some people take a job even if they don’t get a great feeling about a manager they will be working for because they need the money. If you do that just keep in mind that you chose that situation for a reason and do your best to adjust to the situation versus hoping things will change. For me Hiring is matching people together not just skills. Both Manager and candidate need to believe this is the right fit. As a recruiter it’s not just getting someone hired. It is if they stick at that company. Are Meeting or Exceeding their specific goals. They Get along with most of their peers. Enjoy the work. Like what the company is doing where the company is headed. Have opportunity to grow in other roles. They stay. That is when a recruiter has has made a great match. Hope this helps.

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Spencer’s Answer

Hi Mounia - I believe you are referring to things you should look out for from the interviewee standpoint? In this case I think red flags for potential employers are when they don't have any interest in you as a person and are only concerned about your skills for the job. It's important to think about "fit" in an organization and if your interviewer isn't interested in learning about you as a person and how you would fit within their organization then I would be cautious about the culture of the firm. Finding a job you're passionate about is largely dependent on the people you work with - it's difficult to love going to work unless you enjoy the culture and people you work with. Hope that helps and good luck!
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