Beware of Red Flags from an Interviewer

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6 Responses

  1. Janice says:

    Thank you Sherri this is very helpful.

  2. Ruth Levy says:

    I have noticed that scientists will often talk a lot about the research they are doing during an interview. This can mean 2 very different things, either they are very excited about the work and want to be sure you understand what they are doing OR they have no idea how to conduct an interview and are talking about what they know. This can mean that they do not have training in how to manage people and can be a red flag.

  3. Anne Devine says:

    I had a series of interviews in which there were conflicting views of the role and available budget given by two different people, in separate interviews. I saw this as a red flag, as did Sherri.

  4. Bernie B says:

    Very on target! I had a phone interview with an HR person, where there were several very long and unexplained silences, as though the interviewer was checking email or was otherwise distracted. There was no background noise, so I felt as though my call had been put on “mute”, and I definitely didn’t have their full attention. Red flag for sure.

  5. Steve B says:

    I recently had an interview with a large automotive supplier. There were many red flags that turned up during the interview.

    1) One of the two interviewers showed up late.
    2) Throughout the interview both interviewers were checking text messages, leaving and returning multiple times from checking on work issues.
    4) The job I was interviewing for did not have defined duties, responsibilities or a way to resolve issues between the interconnected teams.
    5) A “perk” was that lunch was supplied so workers would not leave the building and could have working lunches.
    6) The interviewer that would have been my supervisor looked so tired I was concerned that he would pass out at any moment.


  6. Great observations, Steve! That’s a shame!

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