Interview Red Flags Candidates Are Watching For


It’s a common misconception that candidates are the only ones in the hot seat during a job interview. The best and brightest talent knows they have their choice of employers, so they’re also analyzing the company just as closely. Not only will they have plenty of questions for the interviewer, they’ll also be carefully observing nonverbal cues that can actually be more telling than anything.

No one wants to accept a job and quickly realize doing so was a bad decision. Candidates are watching for these four red flags and they’ll likely run as fast as they can if they find even one.

Not Being Able to Speak Well to Company Culture

Company culture is quite possibly the single most important element of job satisfaction. It’s nearly impossible for candidates to gain an understanding of your culture while looking in from the outside, so they rely on the interviewer to explain what it’s like to work there. If the interviewer describes daily life at the company in a negative manner, they’re going to assume everyone feels the same way — and they’ll run as fast they can away from your organization.

Disgruntled Interviewer

The interviewer acts as the company representative during the meeting, so everything they do and say is a direct reflection on the entire organization. If this person doesn’t appear to be happy in their role, the candidate will assume they will also eventually grow to feel the same way about their job — if hired — and no one wants that kind of attitude to look forward to in the future. Top talent doesn’t want to join a team of lethargic workers who hate their jobs, they want to be part of a dynamic company filled with satisfied employees.

Clearly Stressed Employees

During the interview process, candidates are often introduced to many team members, allowing them to see who they may be working with in the near future. If these people all seem stressed out and overworked, they’ll believe this will be their life if they accept a job with the company. The brightest prospects aren’t afraid of a little hard work, but even the best people don’t want to be tied to their desk and constantly exhausted.

Lack of Knowledge About the Job

Taking a new job is a huge step, so leading candidates usually come prepared with lots of questions. If the interviewer is unable to answer even basic inquiries about job duties, salary, work hours, and company benefits, the person is probably going to become a bit suspicious. No one with any sort of talent is going to accept a job they know very little about.

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