What are some green flags in a job interview?
- A learning mindset. All jobs require some sort of training and onboarding contingent on an open mindset and willingness to learn and adapt to a new environment.
- Familiarity with the company. Instead of applying the "shotgun approach" by pitching your CV to 50 companies, pick 2-3 and apply carefully. Study the companies and understand their purpose, business model, and the types of activities you'd likely be engaged with.
- Strategic questions. No job description or interview reveals the full scope of a job and the long-term opportunities. Through genuine curiosity you can ask several relevant questions regarding your day-to-day, the intrinsic motivation of the existing team, the company policy or anything else relevant to your skills and how you can apply them in practice.
- Skills match. The closer your profile is to the job description, the more likely it is to receive an offer. Onboarding may take a couple weeks or span across 6-9 months depending on your familiarity with the industry and the job. Former experience (or extensive study) within that area would help alleviate the initial friction and become more productive.
- A reason to stay. A sense of purposefulness and commitment to the company and the job. An indirect reason which would keep you around for a few years without necessarily browsing around for alternative jobs.
- Clear communication. Communication is an important factor during interviews as it's a requirement for any type of job. Being able to clearly articulate your goals and showcase your skills is a key factor during the interview.
- Team spirit. You will also interact with various colleagues and managers within the organization - which is why a team spirit is important. While it's not something that you can state in your CV (even though many try to), make sure that you explicitly mention the importance of a healthy working culture and a strong bond between team members.
- Salary expectations. Reasonable payment expectations within the market norms are important for smaller and medium-sized businesses. Not every business can afford a top-paid talent or are willing to commit to those expectations right away during an interview.
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