Seasoned job hunters have heard the horror stories of companies that promised bonuses that never appeared or that created a hostile work environment. As an entry level job hunter, your radar may not be as finely tuned as those who have gone through the process before.
Remember, not every job offer will be the ideal match for you. Consider who you will be working with, the interview process, and whether you are being promised something the company won’t deliver before you take the new job.
Also, keep in mind that most companies like Firstjob.com advertise genuine positions in a transparent manner, but even so, as a new grad job hunter, you should keep your eyes open for the following red flags.
1. It’s Not You, It’s Me
Having good working relationships is the foundation of a good job, and you need to take a pass on people who haven’t learned to handle their own inner demons yet without projecting them on you. An interviewer that only attempts to belittle and slight you is indicating their management style in the future.
2. There is No Speed Limit
Too fast an interview process and the company is obviously only interested in filling seats, not in any one particular candidate. Too slow, and it’s possible that the company is negotiating whether they even have the money to fund your position. Expect a reasonable speed in the hiring process or take it as a clue to keep your options open.
3. When Did We Say That?
Get it in writing. If they offer bonuses, relocation expenses, or even have specific policies, you should be able to get it in writing. If they don’t want to give it to you in writing, it’s most likely not official.
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Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.