I once had an interview with a major cable television company where my prospective boss made it clear that he was an insomniac who was prone to sending 3 a.m. emails. He never attempted a smile and seemed proud that his workaholic ways made for a poor family life. He could have just as easily said, “I won’t be satisfied until everyone around me is as miserable as I am.” I did appreciate his honesty. It allowed both of us to make an informed decision about my suitability for the position.
Here is a Fast Company article by Michael Grothaus on 6 red flags that you are about to work in a bad environment. Here are a few of my red flags:
- No one in the building seems happy to be there. You should be able to see at least one “happy-go-lucky” smiling face in the place. Just one. That’s not too much to ask.
- The office environment is depressing. If the place gives off a bad first impression, just imagine working there everyday.
- Your interview appears to be a bother to everyone from the security guard to the new boss. If this is how you treat a guest (you invited me remember), imagine how you treat employees.
- The interview process is excessive. While I understand turnover is expensive, some jobs are just not worth four interviews, a DiSC assessment, drug test, panel review, background check, prostate exam, etc., etc., etc. I feel unwelcome before I even get hired.
- There are hundreds of qualified candidates for this position and several rounds of interviews, yet the position is still vacant. There is a bottleneck in decision making that will show up on your first day at work. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you are waiting two weeks for your new hire paperwork to finish processing.