Do you work or have you worked in a toxic company? Know someone who works in a toxic workplace? Well, perhaps you or they did not spot the red flags at the job interview, which could have prevented from taking the job offer in the first place. Albeit, it is not always easy to spot those red flags, we hope this blog will allow you to identify some of them early enough to prevent you from walking into the wrong company. If you are unsure what a toxic workplace is, then read our blog: 22 Types Of Work Place Bullying Explained.
The first thing you need to remember is that a job interview is a two way street; you are also interviewing the company. So do not be afraid to ask questions. Usually your chance to ask questions is left until the end of the interview process, however, wherever it feels natural, allowing the conversation to flow, you can ask questions during the entire interview itself. For example, if you are asked a scenario based question, such as: “Can you tell me a time where you had conflict with a manager, what did you do?” you can answer the question and then ask your own, such as “is there conflict between management and employees often in the organisation?” Ok, here is where I feel you can do a mic drop! Because boom! You just picked up a potential red flag. Now what? Now watch the hiring managers body language, how quickly and efficiently they answer, and of course pay attention to the answer itself. This can alert you to a very clear toxic work environment, such as bullying from management.
However, this is not the only sign you should be looking out for. Here are a few more to consider:
Reading a somewhat amusing article – ‘30 Times Folks Realized They Didn’t Want To Get The Job While They Were Being Interviewed For The Position, As Shared Online’, published by Boredpanda.com, we decided to share a few of these stories here to help you identify what can be an absolute red flag.
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