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If These 3 Things Happen During Your Job Interview, Don't Take the Job

During a slow economy, it's hard to turn down even the least appealing job offer. But there are a few danger signs which, if they come up during an interview, are a definite sign that you should not take the job.

Learnvest has a full list of signals that you shouldn't accept the offer, but for the purposes of this post, I'm just looking at things that come up during the interview. After all, if the company can't hold it together for an hour or two, things probably aren't going to get better once you sign on the dotted line.

1. You Feel Like a Nuisance

The person you were supposed to meet with isn't there. The interviewer herself is absorbed in her phone, her email, or the inner workings of her own mind. No one makes eye contact, and everyone seems distracted. Get out of there while there's still time.

2. The Interviewer Doesn't Know the Answers to Your Questions

Provided you're not asking super tricky questions -- e.g. the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow -- your prospective employers should be able to give you answers. If they don't know the scope of the job, the pay range, or anything about your day-to-day responsibilities, don't accept a job with them.

3. They Offer You the Job on the Spot

Sounds amazing, right? Not necessarily. If an interviewer does a hard sell during your conversation, and presses you to accept right away, you should probably ask yourself why he's so keen to get you to accept on the spot. No matter how amazing you are, most companies will give you the time to consider before accepting an offer. If they don't, you should question their motives.

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  1. 6 JohnS 14 Aug
    I've had #3 happen to me twice - 2 of the worst jobs I ever had and lasted less than a year each. If they refuse to give you a tour of the company, that's also suspicious. If they do, pay attention to the staff - if they look sullen and overworked, you don't want that job.
  2. 5 Kowalsky 11 Aug
    Sometimes the oppening is secret for several reasons. And we won't get much information about them.
  3. 4 Ellegator 17 Apr

    I telephoned an employment agency regarding a supervisory role.  The ad was for a supervisory position but other details like your job description, name of employer, location etc weren't given. She refused to give me the details citing she wasn't able to give that information until she received my resume.  Woot?! 

  4. 3 Allie 13 Apr

    Good article.  The third point reminded me of an interview I went to; the longer we talked, the more the interviewer became interested, and it got to the point where he offered me the job, saying that he had received 100 resumes and I was the top.  The more he talked, the more I became suspicious.  When he stopped talking, I asked why the position was open.  He tried to skirt the question, but finally admitted that he was firing the incumbent.  He then introduced me to her because she was going to train me.  I turned down the job, which I needed badly, feeling they should clean up their mess before involving anyone else.  Icky!

  5. 2 Enjoy your site immensely. I learn much from it. Keep the emails coming! 18 Oct
  6. 1 puttin 08 Aug
    Boy, this sounds like you're trying to protect someone from themself.  If you have such little common sense or presence about you maybe you should consider volunteering somewhere and gaining a relationship where someone else supports you.


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