A first date gone wrong. That’s how many would describe every interview where they left thinking, “now that was a complete waste of time.”

Just like you may know if there’s chemistry right off the bat with a potential dream mate, trust those same instincts when you’re interviewing for a job.

An interview should be a two way street. It’s not just about the interviewer’s needs. It’s about your needs too.

What is the salary range?

Are they worth your time and talent?

Is this role a good fit for your career goals?

Does the job compliment your personal brand?

. If a company calls you in for an interview, it’s because your skills and experience match what they’re looking for.

You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops and do pony tricks to “impress” a hiring manager. And a good hiring manager shouldn’t expect you to.

Some companies hide their crazy pretty well. But if you catch any of these warning signs from the interview, I have three words for you: “Run, Forest, Run!”

1. You’re left waiting to be interviewed and the interviewer shows up stressed and unapologetic.

2. There is no clear explanation of what is expected from you in the role (ad hoc doesn’t qualify as a primary job responsibility.)

3. The interviewer‘s body language gets tense when talking about your potential coworkers.

4. Everyone in the office looks absolutely miserable. You may have even noticed someone mouth to you, “don’t do it.”

5. The office lacks basic amenities like pens, notepads, water, coffee, or a pantry. (Yes I believe all companies should provide water dammit.)

6. The interviewer is very combative and you feel like he/she is more trying to challenge your skills than learn about them.

7. Most of the interviewer’s question is centered around handling difficult people and situations.

8. The interviewer hasn’t looked over your resume or any of your work samples you were asked to provide in advance. (They even mixed up your name or location with another candidate.)

9. You ask about developmental opportunities and the interviewer starts to stutter trying to put together a response that doesn’t even answer your question.

10. You already can picture your potential boss tied up in a corner with his mouth covered in duct tape.

Accepting the wrong job can affect your personal brand. Don’t get thrown off course; choose wisely. Make sure your next opportunity is the best opportunity.


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Marietta Gentles Crawford

Writer + Personal Brand Strategist, Founder at MGC Ink
Marietta Gentles Crawford is a writer, personal brand strategist, and author of "From Nine to Thrive: A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand and Elevating Your Career." With over ten years' experience climbing through top corporate and government brands as a writer and trainer, her passion is inspiring professionals to dare mediocrity.
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