There is a lot of talk about how job seekers should conduct themselves in an interview and how they should carefully customise their resume and cover letter to match every position they are applying to.
Sometimes these efforts are wasted on employers that are far less professional. Though you will have to carefully evaluate every scenario on a case-by-case basis, if you observe any of the following red flags in the interview process, you may want to keep looking for a position that is better suited to you.
1. Lack Of Professionalism
So you've taken extra care in targeting your resume and cover letter. You've included relevant keywords and you've clearly stated your objective. You've checked and re-checked for spelling or grammatical errors.
Unfortunately, some employers may not reciprocate by taking extra care in exercising the same level of professionalism.
Perhaps you will receive a poorly typed letter in the mail or an email from a company after applying for a job. If it seems as though they haven't put much effort into their written documents, it may indicate a lack of attention to detail.
2. Poor Communication Skills
In addition to written communication, an employer may not demonstrate the utmost professionalism on the phone or in person.
For example, you could receive multiple phone calls from an eager and aggressive recruiter who is just trying to fill a position. You could show up to an interview only to find out that the hiring manager double-booked him or herself and isn't around to talk to you.
At times it may be wise to exercise some grace, but if a company is disorganised or unprofessional, you may want to walk away from the interview process.
A recruiter that is eager to fill a position might call you endlessly. They may try to pull answers out of you without giving you adequate time to consider the job.
An employer that tries to pressure you to divulge personal information is clearly unprofessional. Keep in mind that interview questions should be limited to the information you've provided on your cover letter and resume.
4. Limited Contact Information
If you do not have a contact person that you can reach for the company, you should not ignore this red flag.
Some opportunities sound too good to be true. In some rare cases, it may turn out to be a legitimate offer, but more often than not, that is not the case.
If a recruiter is trying to sell you on how good the opportunity is, there is a good chance that they have their own agenda. Perhaps they are trying to fill the position quickly or they are trying to meet a hiring quota.
Whatever the case, tread carefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. At the very least, it's not as good as it sounds.