February 20, 2017

3 Red Flags To Look For In Your Next Job Offer

I recently read 7 Late-Breaking Signs You Should Rethink Taking That Job Offer and wanted to reflect on 3 main takeaways from the article:

Big Promises: The article discusses a company offering “big promises” in the position—This can initially be perceived as a positive, but look closely because it could also mean that something is off in the position. A company is trying to sweeten the deal by promising vacation, PTO, work from home, or higher compensation to disguise a team in disarray or the expectation for you to work 50-60 hour weeks. 

Do your homework and certainly ask questions in the interview that probe on these “big promises.”  For example, what will a successful person look like in this position over the next 30, 60, 90 days and beyond?  What are the measurements you utilize to measure these competencies?  You’ll find out quickly if they are truly interested in you or are they just trying to fill a position.

High Turnover: Today we have tools like LinkedIn and Glassdoor that candidates can access to see how the company is perceived by current and former employees.  While reviewing these sites can be insightful, I’d also be cautious to not read into everything. 

Employees that are content at work typically don’t write on these websites.  Most of the comments will be strongly negative, simply because it is an anonymous medium that people can use to vent or attempt to ruin the reputation of a company. Unfortunately, people can even lie or exaggerate as well. We don’t always know the circumstance of why the person left, so it’s important not to base your opinions solely on this source.

Rather, I recommend that you participate in networks and affiliations around your city. Ask other professionals what they think of a company. In an interview, you can ask questions about the company culture and what the hiring manager likes most about the people he / she works with on a daily basis?

Work / Life Balance Expectations: currently a hot topic among most Millennials. Ask questions in the interview that don’t show up in the job description:  Does the company expect you to be there from 7 am – 6 pm daily?  Do you have to sit at your desk the entire day or can you undock and do your job in a different environment? Will you need to be connected to your phone and email after hours?

One of the things I’ve learned in the decade I’ve been recruiting is there are very few positions that candidates find to be 100% perfect.  Do your research before an interview and be sure to ask questions that will uncover important details about the company, culture, and position. You must be in tune to the small intricacies in order to determine if it is the place for you. 

Prioritize what your conditions of acceptance are before your interview. Know your non-negotiables and what you are willing to compromise on. This will help you make the best decisions when you’re offered a job.

Brian Haney

Brian is a Senior Talent Acquisition Manager within the RPO team where he oversees the freelance staffing for an advertising network. He joined TSP in 2008 and enjoys golfing and watching baseball in his spare time. A graduate of Winthrop University, he studied Sociology and Business Administration.

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