10 Red Flags to Watch Out for in a Job Interview

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Job interviews are a two-way process — you’re interviewing your potential boss and employer as much as they’re interviewing you. After all, you don’t just want any job — you want the right job. According to a CareerBuilder survey, two-thirds of workers say they’ve accepted a job only to realize it was not a good fit, with half of them quitting in the first six months. There are several reasons this could happen, including feeling like you’ve been sold a false bill of goods or a realizing that the culture is not consistent with your values or even toxic.

The saying “caveat emptor” — buyer beware — applies when interviewing for a job. This isn’t to suggest that you should go into the interview process overly skeptical or suspicious, but rather to encourage you to be attuned to potential red flags in the interview process that warrant your attention, as they can indicate larger issues with your potential boss, team, or the organization as a whole. Here are 10 red flags to watch out for.

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Switching Jobs? Here’s How to Make Sure You Won’t Regret It.

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After receiving a full-time job offer to become a vice president for a rapidly expanding auto group, Jordan eagerly accepted. The company was quickly acquiring dealerships, and Jordan believed that she’d be able to work closely with the C-suite on strategic development. The CEO promised Jordan autonomy to shape and implement the corporate direction, which she saw as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Jordan and her family jumped in with both feet — her husband quit his job and they moved cross-country with their infant daughter so that Jordan could start her new position. Yet just one year later, Jordan’s starry-eyed hopes had dissolved into disappointment. She resigned, and she and her family moved back to their original home. As her executive coach, Jordan shared with me that contrary to what she had expected, the CEO was almost entirely uninvolved and had no vision of what her role could be. “He thought he was giving me high autonomy, but I felt abandoned and uninvolved,” she said.

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Over 50 and Looking For a Job? Here’s What You Need to Know About Age and Work

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With the bear market hitting retirement portfolios hard, bonds performing as poorly as stocks, and inflation raging, what seemed like a sure retirement income may be more of a pipe dream for many older Americans who had left the workforce, or planned to soon retire. The economic situation is sending more retirement-age workers back into the labor force. A recent CNBC survey found a majority of retirees would consider returning to work. But finding the right job isn’t always easy.

Many companies don’t offer the flexibility that many older workers want later in life. Age discrimination is another factor, with 78% of older workers claiming to have seen or experienced workplace age discrimination, according to 2021 data from AARP. That’s the highest level since 2003, when AARP began tracking the data.

Yet many companies are increasingly looking to attract mature workers, and with good reason. For one, the labor market is as tight as it’s been in decades and there are now two open jobs for every worker in the nation, and firms are struggling to recruit and retain talent. Research from employee scheduling company Homebase suggests that seniors are more engaged; more likely to look forward to work; more connected to their companies; and less likely to consider quitting. This makes older workers especially attractive in the currently tight labor market, said Jason Greenberg, head economist at Homebase.

Here are four tips to help older workers find an age-friendly employer.

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3 Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself Before Jumping Into a Job Search

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If you’re considering joining the Great Resignation, it’s no secret that you have your pick of jobs. The U.S. has 11.3 million openings right now, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and a lot of people are job hopping to find a better work-life balance, earn higher pay and transition into a new industry.

But before you jump into the job search, it’s important to figure out what matters most to you in a new job by asking yourself a few crucial questions.

The job search is like dating, Jacqueline Mitchell, a career and life coach at her own consulting firm, tells CNBC Make It.

“This is a relationship that you’re getting into. If you don’t know what type of relationship you want, and you go out there seeking a relationship, you’re going to get offered so many different things that don’t align with your values,” Mitchell says.

Much like going on a bad first date, there will be bad first interviews or recruiter screenings gone awry if you don’t know what you are looking for in your next job.

Common job search advice can include researching the company and preparing for frequently-asked interview questions, like ‘Why do you want to work here?’ or ‘Can you tell me more about yourself?’ But Mitchell says these are some of the most important questions to ask yourself before applying to jobs.

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