Interviewing Red Flags – What to Look Out for When Interviewing for a New Job

Your performance at a job interview might be stellar, but you could still walk away from your interview with more questions about the potential employer than its interviewer had for you. On top of that, the interviewer was an hour late and had you confused with another candidate with an entirely different name who is seeking an entirely different position. Things like this happen every day in corporate America. After something like that happens, you might not even be sure that you would want to work for the company that you just interviewed with. If any other red flags like the following arise, politely say that you have another interview to attend in 30 minutes, and you must leave Then, hit the door running and continue pounding the pavement.

People Don’t Seem to Stay Long

A consistent pattern of short employee history means high stress and unrealistic expectations by management, the hiring entity or both. If there is a high turnover rate, the company either doesn’t know how to pick the right people or how to take care of the right people.

All Talk with No Opportunity to Be Heard

You can make a strong inference that if you can’t speak in your interview, you’ll never be able to speak with management if you’re hired.  Your interview should be a conversation, and it certainly not be one-sided. A terse and dismissive demeanor that’s at the edge or beyond of acceptable common courtesy will tell you about internal company culture, regardless of the fact that the business might show an entirely different image to the outside world. Does everybody in management at that place act like that?

What’s My Job Description?

Whoever interviews you should be able to provide a full and complete description of the responsibilities of the position that you’re interviewing for. What are the job responsibilities, and how will your achievements be evaluated?  If the answer is too short or fuzzy after being hired, you might quickly start asking yourself why you’re even there.


The interviewer shouldn’t have bad things to say about the person who previously held the position that you’re seeking.  What if you worked there for several years, and you accepted a great job offer out of the blue from a related industry? Is that former employer going to say bad things about you? Nobody should be criticized for trying to improve their lot in life.

An Utter Lack of Civility

Insulting or even illegal questions in an interview are prohibited. You can politely walk away from such behavior. These might be red flags of potential employee discrimination within the company.

You might be desperate for a job, but an interview is an opportunity for both you and the potential employer to make good impressions. First impressions are everything. If favorable, the employer is going to see you in a good light during your tenure at that company anyway. Don’t be apprehensive at all about telling an interviewer to have a nice day, and then take a walk, and start pounding the pavement again. You’ll find much better options shortly.