Warning signs: What should you look for when you are interviewing for a job? Should you be interviewing with a better company?
As the owner of a recruiting firm, I worked with applicants who dealt with troubling issues during the interview process. Here are some of the things I learned from my experience in helping these applicants
Interviewers Fail to Keep their Commitments
In some cases, interviewers have valid reasons for cancelling an appointment, and they explain those reasons to you. An easy way to handle the situation is to show understanding and simply reschedule.
However, some interviewers raise warning signs when they fail to keep commitments.
- The interviewers cancel appointments without attempting to reschedule.
- They cancel appointments more than once.
- Worth of all, the interviewers completely fail to call you or to meet with you without calling to cancel or reschedule.
If interviewers can’t keep their commitments, you should see that as a warning sign that you are interviewing with the wrong company.
For interviews allowing interruptions is unfair to you. The interruptions are a distraction to you. The interview loses continuity and you may lose your ability to focus. Furthermore, these people can fail to focused on you and to give a fair evaluation. This type of behavior is a warning sign that the interviewer is not interested in you or, perhaps, simply does not respect your time.
Remember that the way an interviewer handles an interview is a sign of how a company deals with its employees. This behavior is uncommon, but when it has happened, applicants have often complained to me about it and rightfully so.
The interviewer is the face of the company. If the interviewer doesn’t respect your time, how well will you be able to at a company where people do not respect your time. This type of company is the wrong company.
Withholding Information Benefits and Salary Range
The company withholds information on benefits and salary range during the interview process.
The company benefits and compensation are confidential information. For competitive security issues, companies must protect the details of their operations. However, to avoid wasting their own time and the applicant’s time, the best interviewers provide general information on benefits and compensation. Often, companies include a general statement on benefits and compensation on the job description.
You need to work for companies that put the information out front. Companies that are not forthcoming during the interview are companies that show warning signs that you are interviewing with a company that runs its business that way. This type of company is the wrong company.
Take heed of warning signs. To summarize here common warning signs that I have seen during my experience as a recruiter.
- Interviewers fail to keep their commitments
- Interviewers allow interruptions
- It is difficult for you to get a general idea on benefits and salary range