When you’re interviewing, pay attention to what you see and hear. Look for clues to what life would be like if you get the job offer. How did the interviews go? Should you take the job or not? Here are some road signs to consider:
RED FLAG – Take pause and think about the implications:
- The Interviewer is late, doesn’t explain or apologize, and is abrupt with you
- The interviewer is unprepared, calls you by the wrong name, thinks you’re someone else or Is reading your resume for the first time
- You’re asked Intrusive or inappropriate questions that make you feel uncomfortable
- The Interviewer talks badly about the company, products, job or the prior incumbent
- On-line comments from employees show a hostile culture or uncaring company.
GREEN FLAG – Signs that you’re on track:
- A high comfort level with everyone with whom you’ve interviewed
- A bonding interview with the person to whom you’ll report, peers and team members
- You’re compatible with the company’s philosophy, values, mission and objectives
- You have a strong impression that you can do a terrific job, short and long term
- The company is on a growth trend where you can advance over time
CAVEATS – There are always exception to the rules:
- If you’re unemployed or on severance, all bets are off
- If this new job gives you a skill set or experience you can’t get anywhere else
- This job is an important stepping stone to your ultimate goal
- You can receive specific training for a new function or in a different industry
- Your current job is very stressful or hostile, and anything would be better. (However, if it doesn’t work out you’ll be looking for another job very shortly: A third job within months)
The four questions to answer are:
- Is this new job an advancement that will position you solidly for the future?
- Will you be able to add to your skill sets, experience or organizational level?
- Will the compensation exceed the cost of living and moving, plus provide upside potential?
- Is this job a good fit for you, consistent with your values?
The decision to leave an organization is a difficult one. In a new job you have no history, experience or relationships to fall back on. It’s like starting all over again, developing visibility, credibility, and influence. Sometimes you have no choice if you want to succeed toward your career objectives.