7 ways to spot a bad em­ployer be­fore ac­cept­ing a job of­fer

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

When re­ceiv­ing a job of­fer, there are more el­e­ments to con­sider be­fore ac­cept­ing the employment op­por­tu­nity than sim­ply the salary and ben­e­fits of­fered; prospec­tive man­age­ment is among these highly im­por­tant de­ter­mi­nants. Af­ter all, a manager who is great for some­one might not be ideal for ev­ery­body else, which is why you need to ask your­self what it is that you want and don’t want in your manager.

If you know what man­age­ment style you pre­fer, you will be able to no­tice the signs that in­di­cate a bad em­ployer. Here are some of the signs Bayt.com rec­om­mends all job seek­ers to stay aware of:

1. Vague job de­scrip­tions

A manager who doesn’t re­ally know the va­cant job can­not clearly ex­plain your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in sim­ple words, tell you what mile­stones you’ll be ex­pected to achieve, or show you how you will get pro­moted. In­abil­ity to spec­ify these el­e­ments means that the manager hasn’t fully thought about what she or he re­ally needs from you. This is the type of manager who is more likely to sur­prise you with job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and out­comes dif­fer­ent from what you agree to.

2. Neg­a­tive of­fice en­ergy

When you walk into the of­fice for your in­ter­view you should be very aware of the en­ergy level. Pay at­ten­tion to the gen­eral at­mos­phere as well as the em­ploy­ees’ de­meanor. Do the em­ploy­ees seem re­laxed and happy? Or do they seem stressed and dis­con­nected? Pay at­ten­tion to your po­ten­tial co­work­ers’ be­hav­ior and watch how they in­ter­act with their su­per­vi­sors as it can tell you so much about the work en­vi­ron­ment you might be join­ing.

3. Dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the of­fice

If the peo­ple in­ter­view­ing you seem un­ready or un­pre­pared, pa­per­work is scat­tered all over the place, or they are ask­ing ques­tions that are clearly an­swered in your re­sume, then those are also bad signs. This could mean that your in­ter­view­ers haven’t taken a look at your re­sume prior to your ar­rival. If the man­agers and in­ter­view­ers are dis­or­ga­nized then that prob­a­bly re­flects that the work en­vi­ron­ment is dis­or­ga­nized as well.

4. In­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­view be­hav­ior

The in­ter­viewer should al­ways treat you pro­fes­sion­ally and re­spect­fully. For ex­am­ple if they show up late for your in­ter­view, it is likely to sug­gest that they don’t truly value you or your time. You can quickly tell when an in­ter­viewer is be­ing rude, im­po­lite and un­pro­fes­sional. If they’re check­ing emails dur­ing the in­ter­view, con­stantly mak­ing or re­ceiv­ing calls, or even step­ping out of the of­fice, then you should know that this is also the type of in­ter­ac­tion you will have with your manager once you are hired.

5. More talk­ing than lis­ten­ing

It is true that dur­ing the in­ter­view, you should be learn­ing more about the em­ployer and the com­pany, but this should go both ways. If the em­ploy­ers only talk about them­selves and their in­ter­ests with­out re­gard to your own goals and needs, then that is a sign that your em­ployer is not a good lis­tener or is not ac­com­mo­dat­ing.

6. Ask­ing very per­sonal ques­tions

If a manager asks ques­tions about your re­li­gion, mar­i­tal sta­tus or ir­rel­e­vant de­mo­graph­i­cal en­quiries, it shows that the manager isn’t trained on eth­i­cal in­ter­view prac­tices. Such ques­tions are some­times con­sid­ered il­le­gal dur­ing a job in­ter­view and only show an em­ployer’s in­sen­si­tiv­ity to such per­sonal mat­ters.

7. Poor em­ployee feed­back

Ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees might not be com­fort­able to talk can­didly about their man­agers as it could cause them prob­lems. How­ever, for­mer em­ploy­ees don’t have that con­cern and you can ask them about your future manager. You cer­tainly don’t need to, and prob­a­bly shouldn’t, go through the hir­ing com­pany to contact their for­mer em­ploy­ees. For­tu­nately, the in­ter­net is the tool; us­ing web­sites like bayt.com, which gives you the op­tion to search for a spe­cific com­pany and find a list of pro­fes­sion­als who used to work there. You can eas­ily contact them and get your an­swers right away in or­der to make a more con­fi­dent de­ci­sion re­gard­ing your job of­fer.

Bayt.com is the #1 job site in the Mid­dle East with more than 40,000 em­ploy­ers and over 26,500,000 regis­tered job seek­ers from across the Mid­dle East, North Africa and the globe, rep­re­sent­ing all in­dus­tries, na­tion­al­i­ties and ca­reer lev­els. Post a job or find jobs on www.bayt.com to­day and ac­cess the lead­ing re­source for job seek­ers and em­ploy­ers in the re­gion.

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