You know that sneaky suspicion you get welling up inside of you when you sense something isn't right? That's your intuition speaking to you, and when it comes knocking at your conscience, you should listen.

This is especially true during job interviews. When you pick up those eyebrow-raising cues through your interviewer's questionable body language, voice tone, or the vague answers to your questions, raise the red flag. 

Also, look around. Do people in the office appear like they're enjoying being there? Or can you slice the tension with a knife? 

How about the immediate environment around you -- the technology, the office design, the lighting. Does it look like you're in a time warp back to 2003? Are people barricaded behind 7-foot high cubicles?  

Most of the time, what you experience in the job interview process reveals the true DNA of your would-be employer or boss. If you're on the fence, here are five ​interview clues that will tell you taking the job will end up in a dismal work experience. .

Lack of preparation and disregard for the job candidate.

You wait in the lobby for longer than 30 minutes, then the person you think is supposed to interview you comes out as the "filler" -- the opening act -- only to buy more time because the hiring manager is too busy putting out fires. If, and when, the hiring manager speaks to you, he is looking at your resume for the first time as you hand it to him (no, he did not have time to print and review it beforehand) and behaves like you're being an inconvenience on him. More than likely, this is the cultural norm; people are overwhelmed with too much work, resources are limited, turnover is high, and management has been told to get some fresh new bodies in the pipeline.   

Unprofessional and rude behavior

During the interview, your would-be boss swears like a drunken sailor, and can't quite get your ethnic name right, blurting out into the air, "What country are you from?" (Turns out, you were born in Madison, Wisconsin) As you answer his scripted questions, he tells you to keep talking as he returns someone's text. This person is so far removed from any semblance of a leadership role, you walk out of the building shaking your head and wondering how he got there in the fist place.

The technology used to recruit you.

If your would-be employer's HR department emails you documents to review, sign, and snail mail back, or asks you to download software from your desktop that you'll never use again, this should clue you in to their ignorance toward AI-based recruiting software and mobile app technology in general. A recruitment process that resembles the early 2000's is a sure bet that they don't value the latest technology to make the work more efficient, collaborative, and productive. 

Your prospective employers are avoiding answering your questions.

It's your turn to ask questions about the work, the position, the team, salary, benefits, and the future of the company. But the more you ask, the more deer-in-headlights comes back to you as answers appear more vague with each question. What gives? Plain and simple: They don't want to tell you the truth because they have something to hide. It's all making sense to you now; you remember that the job description on the job board also looked suspiciously vague, the website is under construction, and there are no reviews or ratings on Glassdoor. The more you try to dig up for information, the less information is unearthed. So when an interviewer dodges your important questions, it's a large red flag flapping in the wind. 

Post-interview response is super slow.

It is estimated that 85 percent of job applicants never hear back from their recruiters. As a former recruiter myself, I can firmly tell you that you've been put on the back burner. Pay attention to how soon feedback is provided. Even if the interview went well (so you think), but the company takes three weeks to respond, this is a good sign that your would-be employer operates their day-to-day in a disorganized, slow, and inefficient manner.

Published on: Dec 5, 2018
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