Warning! How to spot a bad job.
You are actively looking to make a positive change in your career, and you’ve made it to the goal line – you received an offer. Just as important as your compensation package and benefits, you need to find a company that is a good fit for you. It is imperative that you are careful and deliberate in choosing a place to work. After all, a wrong decision could lead to dissatisfaction and a lot of pain. Here are six cues that you may be stepping into a toxic work environment.
The job description is unclear.
In order to succeed you have to clearly know the parameters and expectations of the position. If the job description is vague and fuzzy you are stepping into the unknown. It could work out fine, but it could also create a chaotic and frustrating work atmosphere.
You aren’t allowed to interview with your future boss.
It is a good idea to meet and have a discussion with your immediate manager before accepting a position. This is the person who will oversee your work, perform your appraisals, administer raises, etc. That aside, this is a person you will likely spend a lot of time with. Bad chemistry can make for a bad work life.
You aren’t allowed to meet your future colleagues.
Your boss isn’t the only person you’ll be spending a couple thousand hours per year with. It is also important that you fit into the team. If the hiring manager doesn’t introduce you to your colleagues, ask them to.
Your instincts tell you something is wrong.
Sometimes things are just off. You can’t put your finger on it, but you feel it in your gut. It could be the negative vibes you felt in the first interview. Maybe it’s a gloomy feeling you get from the workers. Perhaps the company seems to be disorganized. Whatever the reasons, it is a good idea to listen to your intuition. If you feel like something isn’t right, take your time and assess the situation further before making a decision.
There is high turnover within the ranks.
High turnover is a huge red flag. Ask the hiring manager about turnover in your department. That is a fair question for a candidate. If you know anyone who works at the company, they may also be a good source of information.
The hiring manager is moving a little too fast.
It may seem good to be given an offer on the spot, but you should consider this a bad sign. Is the employer desperate? Is the employer too lazy to conduct interviews with several candidates? Is the turnover so high that it is simply a hiring mill? When a hiring manager moves too fast it usually indicates something you should be concerned about.
Danielle Foppe is a Recruitment Manager at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Danielle specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career contact us today.