When looking for a job it’s critical that you conduct extensive research on companies you’re interested in. Check if the company has made news headlines, research its financial standing and look for customer complaints on websites such as Hello Peter. Proper research will allow you to better understand the company’s values and culture.
It’s unfortunate that some companies are only concerned with profit margins and not the wellbeing of their employees. Working at a company where your core values don’t align with that of the company, or the culture doesn’t resonate with you, will result in a lot of unhappiness. Look out for companies that have no strategy or shared vision, no ethical leadership, a lack of structure and a lack of communication. These should all be red flags.
You need to assess the company’s recruitment process as it may be your last warning before you take the plunge. Some signs you need to watch out for are:
How does management, HR and the recruiting panel communicate with you during the screening or interview stage? There are no excuses for treating an external candidate badly. Be aware of how you are communicated to as that sets the tone for how you will be treated once you are employed.
Managers and HR personnel are the first to welcome candidates. They are aware of the current state of the company and if they seem unhappy, keep away. If you can, talk to current employees about their experiences with your potential employer.
A lack of clarity
In many cases, people who have taken jobs that have no job description upfront end up doing anything and everything with unfair compensation. A reputable company is professional in conducting interviews and will provide clarity on your job title, responsibilities, objectives and requirements.
Not following protocol
Be wary when your CV, ID and qualifications are not requested. Companies that do not seek such documents aren’t too concerned with the quality of their staff, which should set off alarm bells. All employees should be subject to background checks to eliminate any risk for the company and the employees themselves.
What is the company’s reputation? If there is a lot of criticism about the company from customers or past employees, be wary. Also take note in the interview, because the interviewing manager or HR should sell the company to the best of their abilities, and if you’re picking up negative energy, steer clear.
High staff turnover
If employees don’t stay long at the company, there has to be a reason. During the interview you have the right to ask how the position you are being interviewed for became vacant.
Poor financial standing
You don’t want to climb on board a sinking ship. Try to access the companies’ financial results to determine how the business is faring.