14 red flags during interviews and new jobs
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When you’re interviewing or starting a new job, and you notice something toxic or worrisome, it's probably time to run for the hills and continue the job search.

M. Sosa wisely said, “One thing I learned a long time ago was to never ignore the red flags in the beginning, or they’ll be the same reason it all ends."

We asked the Jobcase Community about red flags they’ve witnessed during interviews and at a new workplace. Keep a lookout for these 14 signals that show individuals or a business treating people poorly.

Unclear pay rate

Dancing around the salary by trying to sell you on Bonus Potential...
-James Black

Smells like a scam

Someone that hires you immediately without needing any more information about your history or experience. Companies that say they're going to mail you your first salary right away. What??
-Judith Arena

"We're a family here"

If they say we’re a family here at the company run
-Caleb Green

Not paying for overtime?

"Can you work overtime with no pay"
-Paul Baker

Suspect interviewer

The Interviewer that’s completely unprepared and unorganized.
-Howard Lockamy

Lack of care

The interviewer was 20 minutes late, and on their phone texting like wow, I see why they're needing employees
-Dina Davd

TMI boss

My old boss right in the interview told me he was planning to fire a sales person and was complaining about them to me. I took the job anyway. 7 months later i quit.
-Byran Newsome

Do what I say, not what I do

Red flag was the boss came in two hours late every single day but if you were late even once he'd write you up.
-Anne Kauffman

Say what?

Being told “if it comes down between you or me, I will throw you under the bus”. 😬
-Denise Ciluffo

Ominous comments

I was told at an interview, "Now, this is off the record, but there are some really nice people that work here and some really mean people that work here." When I asked, "Who are the mean people?" She said, "Oh I can't say, you'll find out soon enough."
-Kimberly Mills

Constant churning

Huge turn over rate because the executives pass the buck and don't do their own jobs, Call them Cattle Companies because they herd you in one door and herd out the other one
-Calvin Jones

No Training

Constantly having people leave. Constantly hiring people. No real training structure for new hires.
-Marleena Crespo

No leadership contributions

When the person who is right above you is getting paid a full day for nothing - and just sits around and looks at what you’re doing - quit then
-Paul Russell

Mmmkay

Having the interviewer talking about disciplining. "You will be working for_______, but I handle the discipline."
-Mona Biehl

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Tina Dorau
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The training one is what I am dealing with right now. Can't wait to leave. I've been in this chair for 2 years now and the chair next to me had 7 people in it. Holy turnover!

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nicole trevil
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Lead Server at Tuscany Restaurant

Yes! Quite of few of these happened to me just this week!

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Janet Busener
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While owning and operating a small business, I paid people well and some still took advantage of me. I would be a good hire because I understand the other side of the business world.

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Paulette Heath
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SO TRUE I have experienced this

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Ashley Wilson
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Loved reading all of these quotes!! I giggled quite a few times haha. VERY relatable!

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Howard Lockamy
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