Everyone knows that looking for a job is difficult. You need to apply, submit your resume, take countless numbers of exams, answer interview questions, and sometimes, you might not even end up getting hired. However, once you do get accepted in a company, the feeling you get is just indescribable. Still, getting the go signal from a potential company doesn't always mean you should accept their offer.
Apart from the salary and job description, there are other signs you should look for before shaking the hand of your future boss. Here are some red flags you should look out for when it comes to employment. You never know if you're stepping into a trap.
The employees look unhappy
"Observe your surroundings while waiting for your turn to be interviewed," says career consultant Brenda Uy of Career Consultants Inc. Notice the employees passing by. Are they cheerful? Do they look miserable? If most employees you see are smiling and very active, then it's a good sign for the company.
The hiring manager seems indifferent and unprepared
If the hiring manager keeps on complaining or doesn't seem to care at all, then it means he doesn't value the company that much. "If an employee with a high rank seems very indifferent, it could be a sign that the company doesn't value the employees at all," Uy notes. You wouldn't want to be in that type of company now, would you?
The position is either always vacant or has a high turnover rate
This one is tough to know unless you've been stalking the company's hiring page for quite some time. "If you're feeling a bit courageous, you can ask the hiring manager politely if there are a lot of applicants for the position," Uy explains. She also says that you can look for clues in the company's LinkedIn page. Check whether their employees have been working for years in the company to give you a hint on their turnover rate. That way, you wouldn't have to go through the embarassing process of asking.
Once an employer gives you an offer that is too good to be true or is simply overselling the company, you have to wonder what the catch is.
They are rushing you with your decision
Are they rushing you to sign the contract as soon as possible? If so, you have to question their eagerness. It could be a sign that the company is running out of suitable candidates or is in turmoil. Try to give it a few days when you're deciding, especially if you're in doubt. Trust your gut.