7 Things You Never Want to Hear From Your Interviewer

by Rich DeMatteo on December 22, 2011 · 19 comments

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The art of interviewing has long been compared to  dating.  And just like in dating, there are a great number of ways that one person can send the other person running in terror from the interview.

When it comes time for an individual to perform this dance, job seekers must remember that they are also conducting an interview.  For them, it’s an evaluation of how happy they’ll be in the specific job and company.

Job seekers should be aware of these 7 examples below and if heard on an interview, pack your bags and run!

7 Warning Signs To Look For On Interviews

 

1. The Company Is Not Financially Stable: A clear cut sign that you need to stay away. You can probably guess that moral is down as well.

2. “Don’t Worry, We Hire Everyone”: Yes, this has been said before, and no, it’s not a reason to be excited.  You want to work for a company that believes you’re the cream of the crop.  You want to work where it’s a challenge to get in!

3. High Turnover: You don’t want to work for a company that has high turnover.  It may be the nature of the beast for some industries, but it’s generally a bad sign.

4. Anything Too Personal: Someone on Twitter said that they’d never want to hear, “What does your wife look like”.  Exactly!  When a recruiter/interviewer gets a bit out of line, you can expect it’s like that throughout the organization.

5. Anything Negative About Your Supervisor: When you hear this, it’s time to excuse yourself and go to the “bathroom”.  Hit the button for your automatic start and get the hell out.

6. “We already filled this position, but I want to interview you anyway”:  This happened to my sister once and I know others that have been in this situation.  It’s really disappointing, and really shameful on the company.  If this happens, sit it out if you really feel strong about the company.  If not, then leave.

7.  ”I really don’t like it here”: If they mention anything negative about their job, then it’s time to go.

 

Those were just some examples of warning signs that you need to run away from the company.  What are some other examples?

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17 comments
Glenn Bowers
Glenn Bowers

Thanks Karen, read your comment. I feel much better. It was good practice and me twik my notes for next call.

Glenn Bowers
Glenn Bowers

Good Stuff. Funny, I recieved email from recruiter saying she had filled position but wanted to set up phone interview. I did it anyway to get the practice but thought that was weird. Glad to hear it wasnt just me. Glenn Bowers

Arron Daniels (@arron_daniels)
Arron Daniels (@arron_daniels)

This article made me remember the mullet analogy from a previous article from Corn on the Job. Especially #5. At this point you know this isn't where you want to be, but let's just see how far this rabbit hole goes!

Karen Siwak
Karen Siwak

I agree with all of them except #6. Sometimes "we want to interview you anyway" means "we were already well through the hiring process when your resume came in, but there was something in it that interested us enough to want to meet you. If you are as strong in person as you are on paper, we may consider you for another upcoming position." At a minimum you have an opportunity to practice your interview skills.

Craig
Craig

On the topic of things interviewers say, is it appropriate for someone to ask me what I like to do in my free time or where I live? Those questions don't feel quite right. What would would be a good response to a question that I don't feel comfortable about?

Rick
Rick

“We already filled this position, but I want to interview you anyway” I think I'd use that as an opportunity to practice my interviewing skills. Unless, of course, you can schedule another interview at that time instead.

Harrison
Harrison

I read #6 and it made me think back to summer 2009 when that totally happened to me! I was super pissed ... since they made me travel all the way down to New York City from my college, only to get there and interview for only less than 15 minutes. The recruiter told me that the actual managers were too busy to interview me. Couldn't they at least call me beforehand to let me know? No. It's probably the nature of the "apparel industry". From that point on, I'd tell people not to apply to that company.

Daniel Proczko
Daniel Proczko

What do you do when your interviewer skirts answering real questions about day-to-day duties and/or a rundown of position responsibilties?

Lisa Rangel
Lisa Rangel

This is the 'Run, Forrest, Run!' List--when your hear these lines, it is time to go!

James Schmeling
James Schmeling

I recently hired someone after an interview that fit #6. We created the next position because we had a second skilled candidate. I've done that in the past and not hired, and I've done that in the past and hired for a different position or created a second. But, if that's not the point of the interview, then I agree, not good to hear.

Holly @ Carousel
Holly @ Carousel

That's kind of like the hobbies or personal interests section that some people add at the end of their CV. Sometimes it's a way of getting the conversation started. Sometimes it's a way of seeing how well-rounded of a person you are: often skills you've acquired through your hobbies can be applied on the job. I'm thinking public speaking or leadership skills you may have acquired through volunteer work, something like that.

Holly @ Carousel
Holly @ Carousel

I think many companies don't realise the bad reputation they can acquire among candidates that have been treated unfairly. This damages their possibilities of getting the best candidates for future positions.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Raj, you'd be very surprised to hear that some company interviewers actually will say that. Thanks.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Daniel, if they won't answer your questions, then it's a bad sign for sure. I'd move on to the next one!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yes, it certainly is, Lisa! Thanks for sharing!

Raj
Raj

Rich, perhaps. I just have'nt heard it in about 14yrs of interviewing and recruiting. I have heard interviewers say 'everyone wants to work here' but not 'we hire everyone'. But I agree with you in that if someone says that, it is a huge warning sign. :)

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