Biggest Red Flags for Candidates in Job Interviews

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on April 20th, 2023

Biggest Red Flags for Candidates in Job Interviews

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on April 20, 2023

For a talented candidate, job interviews work both ways, and they are interviewing you, to see if you are the right fit for them. A survey recently found that 70% of candidates have experienced regret about a job that they have chosen, and 20% would leave the job quickly if it was not what they were expecting. This is why it’s important for candidates to pay attention to red flags in an interview. Below, we have listed some of the things that candidates consider to be the biggest red flags.

 

  • Blurred Boundaries – It’s not uncommon for a job interview to have blurred boundaries, and this is something that puts a lot of candidates off. It creates an untrue sense of loyalty, and it can leave candidates without any empowerment over the role. Workplace boundaries should be different to the boundaries that you have at home, and creating clear boundaries is an important part of maintaining a supportive and safe work environment.

 

  • Overtime – Mentioning overtime in a job interview is something that many candidates see as a red flag. Though it’s expected that you will have to work longer hours at some point, overtime shouldn’t be expected at all times. Mentioning that employees regularly stay after work could be a sign that overtime is somewhat expected, which could mean that only working the hours that you are contracted is looked down upon. If you are salaried, you will not earn anything extra for overtime, and so the way a company approaches overtime is something to consider.

 

  • Staff Turnover Rates – A lot of candidates see high staff turnover rates as being a red flag. Though all companies experience staff turnover to some extent, extreme turnover rates could indicate that there is something wrong within the company. It could mean that problems are apparent, but staff are finding it hard to address them with those higher up. As it’s usually satisfied and happy employees that stay at a company for a long period of time, high turnover could be a sign of problems.

 

How to Avoid Red Flags in Job Interviews

There are a range of ways that hiring managers can avoid red flags in a job interview, such as ensuring that the job description provides clear and detailed information, and that there’s transparency surrounding the salary. Candidates should know beforehand how they will be financially compensated in the job. It’s also important that the interview feels like a natural and two-way conversation, and not an interrogation. It’s also a good idea to be honest about why the previous person left the role, as this could help the candidate to make an informed decision about whether it’s the right job for them. After the interview, follow up in a timely manner and offer constructive feedback.

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