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The job search process can be a long and unpredictable journey. The sheer number of options can seem overwhelming, no matter how well-versed you are in the interview process, and there is much to consider before you accept the next job offer.
The truth is that many professionals get so caught up in job descriptions and skill requirements that they forget to consider what their personal values and ideal work environment are. Look out for these “green flags” and be aware of the “red flags” while interviewing for your next job opportunity to have a positive and fulfilling career.
Green Flag: Transparency
One of the top thing’s candidates hope to get out of a company’s job descriptions is that everything needed to know about the company and job is clear and straightforward. Take notes on the feedback you receive during the interview process to ensure the information provided matches up with the job description and career site. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions to gain more insight into the company you are applying for.
Another green flag is that leadership openly communicates with employees about successes, growth, setbacks, and other metrics. Companies that value open community with their employees build trust and better collaboration.
Red Flag: Lack of Diversity
Another important thing to look for when seeking out a new employer is diversity in the staff and management. Candidates want to be part of an inclusive community supporting their growth and development. Companies with greater diversity are 70% more likely to capture more markets, leading to greater success. You can discover a company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives by searching their career site, and social media platforms and even cross-checking the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion tab on the company’s Glassdoor page.
Green Flag: Encouragement and Support
When seeking out a new employer, your ideal team should support you throughout your career, and all chapters of life. Managers should be respectful, trusting and want to see you succeed. When looking for a company to work with, pay attention to how they interact with each other and their employees during interviews. Do they work well together? Do their interviewers seem to care about the candidates and want them to succeed? Is there an overall “team mentality?” If so, you might have found a great fit!
Red Flag: Poor Communication
Staying in touch with your colleagues and management is very important throughout your career journey. When expecting to work with someone, job seekers want to make sure there’s clear and reliable communication whether that is via Teams, Zoom, in-person or email. You can get a feel for the interviewee’s communication style throughout the interview process. It’s always a good idea to send a thank-you email after the interview and you can use this as a opportunity to understand their community style. Ensure there are open lines of communication for all team members will lessen the chance of errors and conflict.
Green Flag: Strong Values
The ideal work environment is one in which employees can thrive. There should be a comfortable level of personal freedom while still being accountable for actions and decisions. This is why it’s crucial to make sure whatever company you’re interviewing with has similar values to you. Start by researching the company’s website to see if they have a section discussing their mission, values, and goals as an organization to gain insight on what principals they abide by.
Red Flag: Lack of Opportunities to Grow
When seeking out a new employer, it’s important to consider your long-term growth with the organization. Check out ICONMA’s recent blog post on the many benefits of job longevity in this ever-changing job market. Employees want to feel they have the opportunity to grow with an organization and make a positive impact. When interviewing a new employer, ask if there is a career path already established for the role, if there are training opportunities or opportunities to advance specific skill sets. The interviewer will likely be excited you’re thinking long term and are excited for the opportunity to grow with the team.
There are a lot of things to consider throughout the job process. It’s okay to slow down, prioritize your values, and do your research on an organization before signing your next job offer. If you keep these green flags in mind when looking for the right employer, you’ll be able to enjoy the process while still being open and prepared to find a great career.
February 27, 2023