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Offers -- Eleven Warning Signs You Must Watch Out For
|Moving into a
new job always involves some degree of uncertainty. You should
do your best to find out all you can about a prospective
employer, starting right from the pre-interview stage.
Here are some things to look out for. If one or more of these warning signs
are present, you need to be doubly careful about joining that
1. The company is in the midst of mergers and acquisitions, or there is a
major reorganization taking place, staff cutbacks are on the
anvil or some other major flux is occurring.
2. The company you are considering is not undergoing problems like those
described above, but many other companies in that industry are.
That could be an indication that trouble may spread to your
prospective employer sooner or later.
3. The person who will be your boss has a bad reputation. This is something
you should find out about from your network.
4. Your prospective boss has joined the organization very recently and his
or her reputation is generally not known.
5. You asked to meet with and speak to your new colleagues and this request
was refused. What are they afraid the existing employees will
say to a prospective new hire?
6. This is a non-profit organization that has had funding problems several
times before. In such cases, think twice before taking up a
7. They told you a story about the company or about your career prospects
that sounded too good to be true. When something sounds that
way, it usually is.
8. The company is a small business that is not very profitable and does not
seem to have access to strong funding sources. It’s very easy
for small businesses to go bankrupt if they’re mismanaged to any
9. The position you are being offered has high turnover. This is usually a
10. The interviewers keep saying that they want you to hit the ground
running from day one. This may imply that they don’t have the
means to provide enough support for your role. This could be a
problem particularly if you’re used to working for large
organizations that do provide lots of support.
11. The whole interviewing process was done in a big hurry or in a
disorganized manner, leaving you in doubt whether they really
had a chance to know you.
The presence of a warning sign from the list above does not necessarily mean
you have to write off that organization as an employer. It does
mean that you must get all additional information you need. Read
the article at
to find out useful questions to ask interviewers.
Perhaps you could get an opinion from a trusted friend who is familiar with
the industry and company. You need to do some serious thinking
before you make a decision either way.
About the author:
Ann Wilson is a successful business author who writes extensively on
jobs and careers. Her articles include answers to tough
others like writing thank you notes plus many more offering
cutting-edge advice on interviewing.