5 Signs of a Bad Employer (INTERVIEW RED FLAGS)

5 Signs of a Bad Employer (INTERVIEW RED FLAGS)

Hey job seekers, Jennifer Tardy here, your
career success coach. And today I’m going to share with you signs
of a bad employer. And while we’ve been talking about interviews,
I’m going to share with you some interview red flags that you don’t want to miss. And, as always, I have my most favorite career
success bonus tip at the end, for UP’s. So make sure you stick around, because you
don’t ever want to miss that. All right. So, let me set this up for you, because you
may have heard it, maybe you haven’t heard it before. But, employees don’t leave companies, employees
leave bosses, supervisors, managers. They leave the people that they report to. So, what your goal is, is to make sure that
during your interview you are looking for those red flags that I’m about to show you,
so that you can decide if this is a person that you can actually report to. The first sign, sign number one, is a late
interviewer. So let’s say you arrive 15 minutes early,
as I know you will, because you know the right thing to do, but the time for your interview
has started and your interviewer is nowhere to be found. That is not a good sign, that is a red flag. But pay attention to what happens once the
interview actually gets started. I mean, are they apologetic, or are they not
apologetic? Are they rushing in and saying that they totally
forgot, or did something important actually happen that threw them off? Or when they get in there, are you still seeing
a whole lot of disorganization among them? Those are some red flags you should probably
pay attention to, that you don’t want to really have anything to do with. Now, sign number two, the interviewer has
unapologetically bad behavior. And believe it or not there are a lot of interviewers
that are like that out there, where they are dismissive, they are crass, they can cut you
off as you’re answering questions. Maybe they’re just seeming uninterested in
you. That’s a huge red flag that you should absolutely
pay attention to, because if they’re willing to do that to someone that they don’t even
know, because this is your first time meeting them, imagine what they’re going to do when
you two are actually working together. Pay attention to that one. Quick pause. I wanted to make sure that you caught one
of my earlier videos, which is Signs of a Poor Manager. So check this video out when you get a chance. Click on that cart up there, and check out
that video. So, it’s Signs of a Poor Manager to report
to, and it’s eight character traits. So, maybe you’re reporting to someone like
that right now, or maybe you’re trying to look out for someone like that in the future. Either way you don’t want to miss it, so check
it out now. Sign number three, your interview is asking
you illegal questions. So it could be questions about your age, race,
ethnicity, color, religion. It could be about your national origin of
your birthplace, it could be about your sexual orientation. All of those questions are questions that
nobody can ask you during an interview. And so if you’re getting questions like that
during the interview, it’s not a good sign, because there’s no reason, no reason at all,
that a hiring manager needs to know any of those things about you. Hey, have you ever been asked an uncomfortable
question during an interview? I want to know. Now, I don’t want to know if you’ve been asked
an illegal question during an interview, but an uncomfortable question, put it below in
the comments section. Let’s get a conversation started about some
of the funniest, or some of the most uncomfortable questions that you’ve been asked during an
interview. So, sign number four, one red flag that you
should pay attention to, is turnover. So, being able to find out or get insight
that the position that you’re going into , this is the third or fourth time that they’ve filled
this specific position, that’s a red flag. Or, if there’s a lot of turnover on the team,
the people that report to this manager, that’s a red flag. So, being able to ask questions like, “So,
what’s the average tenure? What’s the average amount of time people have
worked in this department?” Ask questions like that. Or, being able to ask the question about why
this current position is now still vacant, that can give you some insight on why people
are leaving. Knowing why the position is open is a really,
really important question. Sign number five of a bad employer to work
for. Sign number five is that they are way too
eager to hire you. So, I mean this is the employer that will
try to hire you on the spot and you haven’t really even answered any questions about how
you’re qualified. You haven’t answered any questions related
to your knowledge, your skills, or your abilities, yet they just need a warm body in this position. Or they want to skip you way through the process
really, really quickly so that they can get somebody to work. Now, sometimes they just need somebody to
work in this position, and the interview is really good at asking the right questions,
fewer questions, more impactful, and making a decision. They’re way more decisive. That’s okay. But it’s a rare occasion that that’s going
to happen. Be very wary of people that are just trying
to get warm bodies in positions. As always, you know this is my favorite segment,
it’s the career success bonus tip for UP’s. And for this tip I always say be very wary
of when you go into an interview, and let’s say you’re doing an interview panel, and no
one on the interview panel looks like you, which is fine, except one person. And that one person, who looks like you, because
they’re part of your under represented population, that one person knows nothing about the role,
they know nothing about the position or the department, they’re just kind of thrown over
in there as a token. I get it, and I understand that organizations
are trying to show diversity, and are trying to bring more people to the table to do these
interviews, but it at least needs to be a person that understands what they’re interviewing
you for. Always be wary of things like that. So, now that you know how to spot a bad employer,
and some of the red flags that you should be looking for, how about this, let me also
give you some questions, some additional questions that you can ask an employer. So, I have a downloadable PDF guide, it is
completely free, look in the details section. And it’s 10 great questions that you can ask
any employer. And being able to ask those questions can
give you a lot of good insight, and some additional red flags that you should be looking for as
well too. Now, if this video was helpful, you know what
I’m going to say, be sure to subscribe, be sure to click the bell so that you can get
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I’ll see you in the next video. Take care.


33 thoughts on “5 Signs of a Bad Employer (INTERVIEW RED FLAGS)”

  • Career Success says:

    Have you ever interviewed with someone who was rude, late, extremely disorganized, or dismissive? Tell us about your interview experience?

  • Black Girl Entrepreneur says:

    Hey girl! i love your channel concept. its great! keep up the great work! i will def be recommending your channel to anyone who is job hunting. Good luck!

  • Dam you are pretty just a comment nothing more its a video about bad employers a good video at that i have had my share of bad folks i had a jerk make fun of my name i got offered the job i turned it down they could not believe it

  • Gretchen Tucker says:

    A weird and inappropriate question I was asking was what is the most traumatic thing that happened in your life? This borders on ADA and disability issues.

  • 1. They miss the phone interview. My husband had one set up with a manager and the guy NEVER called him. In the previous "set up" interview, the guy kept interrupting my husband, really didn't have an idea what experience my husband had, and put my husband on hold several times.Yes– 2 red flags. The third with that place was that they were reluctant to pay even fair wages despite experience. For me, well, here's one. I was called to set up an interview. I was very honest upfront and said, "your ad said 8 am till 4. I have a child and cannot work before those hours and not long after. Are you sure these will be the steady hours? " The woman assured me that's fine M-F it was those hours. Well, I go in for the interview and they start saying on Wed you have to open the school at 6 am but you will get home early that day! I walked out. I said you lied to me. I was honest with you and you lied and wasted my time. Later on that school had one administrator arrested on dubious charges. The reputation of the place tanked. Karma. Dodged a bad one.

  • Well i have been asked most recently by the director of operation how old i am, i had to tell him.

    Also during the interview we were 2 candidate, first person that was interviewed was with the hiring manager and the HR, then during my turn, the HR introduced me to the Director that he will be interviewing me, and she had to run to her desk as she got some work that needs immediate attention.

    Is that a good sign? Curious

  • waetech solutions says:

    Okay I had a strange interview about 5 years ago when the owner would ask me about why I needed my employee tax paperwork so bad. I was like I need to file taxes and he got angry with me. I waited for 2 weeks and he still was procrastinating so I finally told him I quit.

  • waetech solutions says:

    Quick question Ms. Jennifer and thank you so much for your time. I recently seen many bad comments on these employers I have been applying to from dissatisfied employees. Does bad reviews on websites like Glassdoor.com matter? Should I run away?

  • thegirlyouknow T says:

    Great video. Informative. Sadly, I took a position with an office after the employer called and asked me, repeatedly if I might be interested in considering them for employment. I was not qualified for the position because my work history was in financial institutions, but she reassured me that I would be a great fit. I agreed to an interview, but I should have seen the red flags. She didn't even ask me about my qualifications and how that could work in the medical environment. She didn't go into what the job entailed and the training that would occur. She walked me through her office and where I would be stationed and I remember thinking how dirty and unorganized it was. Boxes and paperwork everywhere. Dust everywhere. Bottom line, I should of seen that we are our work space. When patients would ask her questions, she seemed dismissive and disinterested. That is why I only lasted 4 days and left. I wish I would of watched this video prior to my interview.

  • 2/5 signs happened on my last interview. I was asked my age and if I had children. Also the person seemed overly enthusiastic. This vid totally validated my guy instinct. Thank you!

  • Allison Wonderland says:

    Did you cover group interviews? I've heard a career coach from get employed actually advise against them! For a few reasons-not only are they stressful,demeaning cattle calls, they usually don't result in getting hired and violate privacy(any interview skills/knowledge you have is displayed for competitors) and are a sign the company isn't even aware of what they're looking for. Just received an invite for one of these and declined happily.

  • Mama Funk Groove Junky says:

    Well, i was asked yesterday how i displayed excellent customer service skills….My answer drained their colour away, i knew i blew it then lol

  • I once had an interview with HP company and a manager were just typing on his computer the 10min which the interview last. On different occasions they asked me about me religion, and because i was in need of the job and I knew my religion was a minority, i said my religion was the one they wanted to hear, so after receiving such “comforting” answer they started off by saying Bs about minority religions.

  • My boss always blame me for things I didn't do and always gossip about me to the only other member of the team. I was treated extremely bad when I first started working in the office. I've been looking for a new job, and am ready to start working for a new company that treats its employees well.

  • wealthy as amind frame says:

    I just had #5 happened to me. I just literally applied today and they called me 2 hours before and ask me if I could be at their open interview. They completely overlooked the fact that I have an advance degree. Another thing I noticed was they didn't give a detailed job description and rather gave an average salary to make the job look more appealing to the average job seeker. They never awnsered my email questions and my rule of thumb is if I see 3-4 negative reviews on the company they're not good.

  • Melanin Gold says:

    OMG! My last boss had all all these warning signs! She showed up almost 30 minutes late for my interview, her cabinet and sample room was disorganized, she asked me if I had kids and was married and she also asked me where I lived. I learned once I was there, the turnover rate was extremely high. On my 2nd day there, one girl was fired and she was only working there for only a couple of months. (she sent the girl to the other room and told us other employees that she was going to fire her before she told the girl). She called in another girl to replace the 1st girl that same day. She only lasted 2 months and ended up quitting in the middle of the day. About 2 months later, the 3rd girl that worked in the office and started to months before me ended up quitting in the middle of the day (she only lasted 4 months total). The 4th girl that she hired to replace the 3rd girl, noticed the fuckery with the owner and office and ended up quitting after only a week. She ended up firing me after working for her 6.5 months for being rude (Yes, I know. Ironic). I can't wait until her business fails. I will be definitely celebrating her failure.

  • Joni Heisenberg says:

    I was interviewed by the “ Two headed Snake.” She was so sweet during the interview.Once I came on board her nasty side was on display. Also, her office was a pig sty.

  • wealthy as amind frame says:

    I was watching a lot of your videos and was wondering if you could do a video on the most professional ways to tell a company your not interested in the job while still remaining vague after a horrible interviewer introduction, but they still desire to extend you a job with their company.

  • I was recently interviewed my two men, the first one was a manager of a month which was very friendly and got me the second interview right after the first with his boss. However, the second boss was pretty friendly at first, then seemed kind of unenthusiastic. The first interview was more of a conversation, but the second was just me answering behavorial questions and him writing it down. I did get a tour in the 2nd and more information about what I would do working there, but I have a feeling the boss did not like me 🙁

  • I interviewed for a position with the state I live in. OMG, talk about a bunch of unprepared, arrogant idiots. I was early. They were 20 minutes late coming back from their lunch break. NONE of them had even seen my resume prior to the interview. NONE of them asked a single relevant question, preferring the state interview playbook which is comprised of psychobabble BS questions that no one understands (especially the one asking the questions). Then, for the coup de grace, one panel member looked at my resume and said, "This says you have a Master's in Public Health. I guess you're wanting a clinical position?" (The position I applied for was an Enrollment Counselor with the DHS–signing people up for government assistance programs). When she said this, I VERY politely and humbly explained to her that public health is more than working in a clinical setting at the CDC, WHO, or NIH. I explained that we do more grassroots education than anything else. I further explained that social services and public health were created to support one another (which they were back at the turn of the 20th century), and that educating people about assistance programs was an integral part of helping people have a chance to live the best possible life they can (this is the bones of any public health program). Her "response" was to push back from the table, cross her arms in front of her chest, and glare at me as if to say "How DARE you correct my misunderstanding of your field of study." She then took it one step further by taking out her phone and playing on it for the rest of the interview. She completely disengaged. And she would have been my direct supervisor. I never thanked God so much for failing an interview. If y'all ever move to Tennessee, don't even try getting a job with the state unless you like having your soul, your joy, and your purpose sucked out of your body on a daily basis.

  • Christopher Jeffrey says:

    Turned down a job that was offered to me last week. They really wanted me, but said that they have a hard time filling and maintaining employees for this position and was told that “a timid person is not right for this job…” major red flags. No thanks.

  • kickinrocks 926 says:

    Was once asked if I have children, years ago when I had only my son. Told her yes and was told they don't want to hire someone with children. ?WT#! Offered a job yesterday and then again today WITHOUT being interviewed. called or met in person at all. This company's owner saw my resume after I applied through indeed and texts me a job offer where the position calls for 7 days a week, 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, 500.00 every 2 wks and if I start I have to start immediately, like they wanted somebody (me or whoever else will take it I guess?????)to start yesterday night, well, um..let's see, never met you, not enough $$ for those kinds of hrs and that kind of shift, and it says right on my resume I am currently working another job, where I make more $$ per hr, obviously, gees, and get paid weekly, but the issue is it's less hours so looking for a job with more hours, but um, not 56 hrs a week, working all 7 days at that low of pay, seriously?….and lastly, how can I start the very same day you just toss me a text with the business location, which I know is legit because it's a national chain, and schedul demands when I would need to at least give my current company notice of some sort, I mean at least a day. If this current company was awful to me and the pay and the hours for the new one where just what I was looking for it would be different, but neither one of those is the case. The person sent me another text and it's clear they are desperate for peo peo people, like you say…it feels like they just want a body and with those scheduling demands and that pay I imagine it's hard to keep people, but I really wonder what is going on with some employers these days. I have also encountered a few interviewers who come off rude or yes, ones that let you sit there forever. I just walk out on the ones who have you sitting there forever. I just leave. They won't treat you well once employed with them either.

  • I was offered a job under an hour and received the offer the same day. One week after accepting the offer, the hiring manager decided not to hire me because of a lame excuse "Actually, we do not have this role available and we are not ready to hire."

    It was one of the most unprofessional experience ever! Period! They even called my current employer to terminate my work permit so it can be transferred. I ended up losing both jobs.

  • David Gerstein says:

    Did an interview yesterday with the single most unprofessional jerk I have ever met. After he asked me if I had any questions, I asked him how his previous experiences helped him in his current role. His response? It's your interview, not mine.

    That's only the tip of the iceberg. He was so bad, I literally emailed his boss and detailed every red flag he displayed.

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