It’s easy to be blindsided by the numerous perks an employer offers. Of course, first impressions are really important, but it’s equally important to keep an eye out for red flags. And it’s easy to do so by looking closely at the company culture and the interviewer to determine if it’s really the right fit.
Here are some of the biggest red flags you should look out for ????????
???? Outdated or no online presence
A company’s online presence can tell you a lot about the company. This is why you should look at their social media and website, look at the industry trends, and compare them to their competitors. ????
On the surface, lack of social media doesn’t seem like a big deal but it might be a sign that the company isn’t staying updated with the latest trends or isn’t interested in investing in the latest tech. ????
???? Mismatched company culture
All companies have their own cultures, which is reflected in different aspects of operations such as the office environment, dress code, flexibility level, core values, and employee benefits. ????
Since everyone’s preferences differ, red flags can vary but generally include lack of diversity, scheduling, or inclusion, no training, exaggerated focus on fun perks, and mixed messages about the company’s values. ????????
???? No opportunities for professional development
When looking for a job, another important aspect is professional development opportunities. In particular, ask about leadership initiatives, mentorship opportunities, policies about continuing education, and ongoing training. This will help you understand the skills you’ll be able to develop on the job. ????
If the interview is unable to specify how it can help you grow and learn, it’s best if you stay away from it.
???? Poor reputation
Before you decide to take the offer, quickly search the company to see what others have to say about it. In addition to Glassdoor, you should also get in touch with former employees and get to know about their experience. In particular, keep an eye out for recurring negative comments.