You put a lot of work into each job interview. Choosing the perfect look, getting there on time (but not too early), researching the position… you have a lot to think about.
Then there’s the actual interview: answering the questions thoroughly (but not rambling), seeming acutely interested (but not desperate), and the hardest of them all: selling yourself (without bragging).
In all of that, many job seekers seem to forget… you’re conducting an interview, too; you need to decide if this is the best place for you, the boss for you, the job for you.
In the same way you’re promoting yourself, the employer wants to sell you on the job. So while you’re making your decision, perhaps it’s best not to fully buy into these “selling” statements recruiters make that raise the proverbial red flag:
1. “You’re in the lead for this position.”
Are you really? Have they already interviewed everyone? This might be the truth, or it might just be flattery to keep you hanging on.
Don’t take these words to mean too much. You may very well be in the lead, but you also may be the first candidate they’ve interviewed, and you never who will come through that door next.
2. “We think a life is just as important as your work life.”
This one may make you believe you’ll never be working late hours or weekends, but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case anymore. To really find out, dig a little deeper.
Can you work from home if you have a sick child? Do they have strict office hours, or can you be flexible? Will you travel? Answers to these questions will help you suss out a company’s priorities more than a blanket statement about work-life balance.
3. “We offer excellent benefits.”
The company might offer great benefits, but do a little investigating before you believe it. It’s a tough time out there for health care, after all. And if the employer offers a lot of vacation days, will you really be able to take them all? Sometimes it’s hard to take time off even if you have vacation days because of job demands, finances or company policies.
4.“We’re working on hiring someone who would help you.”
This might be a red flag that they know the position is overly demanding. Find out why.
Will that new person be an assistant or hold a parallel position? What happens if they don’t hire someone; will you be responsible for more than you initially thought?
5. “Our company doesn’t have any drama or politics.”
Is that possible? Whether it’s office politics or office drama, it’s there. Maybe not quite as much as in an eighth-grade classroom, but life has drama and politics; there’s no hiding from it.
6. “We’re still not sure of the salary.”
Why not? What are they waiting for? The salary should already be in place if they’re ready to hire someone. There is usually room for negotiation, but the company probably has a base line to start with. Make sure you’re aware of the salary before you accept any position!
7. “We offer lots of help/training to get you started.”
What kind of help and training? Will you have to read a big fat manual in your off hours? Will you have a mentor for the first few weeks?
Some companies offer in-house training before you get started, while others only offer a couple of online tutorials. Find out so you know what you’re getting into.
8. “We’ll make a quick decision and move fast.”
Even in the most ideal situations, the time from interview to start date is usually a few weeks. Between protocol in human resources and all necessary sign-offs, “quick” is a relative term.
Stay positive, but know that things take time.
9. “If this doesn’t work, we’ll keep you in mind for other opportunities.”
The truth is, they probably won’t. Even if they do have something else for you, it may not be what you want.
So keep looking. If it happens to work out, that’s great, but don’t sit around waiting for another position to open up for you.
Job seekers often get a bad rap for embellishing resumes and past experience. But those little lies can come from the other side, too. Keep an eye out for these recruiter-style sales tactics… so you really know what you’re getting into.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Brazen Careerist!
About the Author: Heather Legg is a blogger who enjoys writing on career advice, healthy lifestyles and parenting.
Brazen Life is a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals. Hosted by Brazen Careerist, we offer edgy and fun ideas for navigating the changing world of work. Be Brazen!