When searching for a job, it’s important to be flexible. There’s no such thing as a perfect job, and you need to accept that.
However, there are certain things that should make you walk (if not run) away from a job offer.
If you come across any of these “deal breakers” during the interview process, it’s best not to let your need for a job cause you to ignore these red flags.
These seven deal breakers are the main reasons why job hunters take a position off their list of potential jobs according to ASA:
1. Lack of Communication
Before applying for a job, you want to gather as much information as possible about the company, the open positions, and the expected duties.
If a hiring company provides enough information about the job, most people wouldn’t even consider applying since they don’t even know what they are applying for.
Usually, the hiring managers would post a full explanation of the job and required skills. They may even include the possible pay range and a bit about the company itself. These jobs are easy to apply to.
There are some job postings out there, however, that are incredibly vague but intriguing. So, before you apply, you contact the company for more info.
If they fail to respond or continue to be vague about the position, it isn’t worth your time or effort.
2. Unrealistic Expectations
Another big deal-breaker for job hunters is when a company’s expectations are unrealistic. Either they want you to work too many hours or expect you to do the job of three people.
If the managers are expecting too much from you in the very beginning, no doubt you will be spending your entire work experience trying to meet their expectations and failing.
If you notice a job posting has an extremely long list of job duties and job requirements, this could be a sign that this job could drain you.
3. Illegal or Inappropriate Interview Questions
Unfortunately, you might come across a job posting that looks perfect. You meet all the qualifications, the hours and pay are outstanding, and you get super excited thinking you’ve found your dream job.
You send them your resume with a cover letter dripping with enthusiasm, and you are called in for an interview. You walk into the interview, and it starts great, but you soon realize that this interview is quickly heading south.
The questions that you are asked continue to get more personal and less about your job skills. Some questions make you feel uncomfortable, and some feel downright wrong.
When interviewers ask you these types of questions, how do you respond? It’s best just to end the interview and move on.
Learn more about what types of questions are illegal and how to handle this situation here.
4. No “Real Person” Contact
It seems like everything is done online, even during the hiring process. Job searching is done online. Applications are online.
Much of the communication is done through email, but at some point, you have to have face-to-face contact, or you’ll begin to feel like the job isn’t real.
Believe it or not, some people will use fake job postings to gather personal information or even trick someone into paying for the job.
Look for these warning signs to tell whether a job is a scam.
5. Failure to Follow Up
When you are looking for a job fast, the last thing you want to do is wait for the follow-up from your prospective employer. This is especially true if you are applying for a temporary position and counting on a quick transfer.
Locum tenens physicians are constantly moving from one placement to another. As a result, they can’t afford to wait days for a recruiter to get back to them.
6. Aggressive Behavior
Choosing a job is a personal decision and an important one.
When you encounter an aggressive recruiter or hiring manager, you can begin to feel pressured into making that decision based on the desires of others.
Not only does it make you feel put on the spot, but you question whether this is the type of person you want to work with.
7. Misrepresentation of the Job
If the job posting says one thing but you find out that the job is significantly different during the interview, this can be a deal breaker.
Why would the hiring manager be dishonest? What else are they not telling you?
When you find yourself catching a company misrepresenting the position, you have every right to walk away.
Even when you feel nervous about finding a job, if you notice any of the above during your job hunt, you should keep looking.
There will be more opportunities out there. Don’t give up!