Watch Out for These Red Flags During Interviews

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Interviews are for you as well as your potential employer. While they’re checking you out, you get to evaluate them on their technology choices, growth potential and culture, among other things. Keep an eye out for these red flags.

  • They don’t ask many technical questions when you’re interviewing for a technology position. If they don’t assess your technical chops, then what kind of bozos have they hired already?
  • None of the projects or problems or skills the interviewers mention are new to you. Not only is this a recipe for boredom, it could be a warning that the company won’t be a good place to keep your skills current.
  • The personalities seem… off. This is a big one for your peers or other people you’d be working with. If you don’t click, that’s a problem.
  • There are many references to “management” dictating terms. “Management” instead of “my boss” or “the VPs here” is a distancing term, which usually indicates individual engineers feel the higher ups are remote and may be hard to work with.

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3 Responses to “Watch Out for These Red Flags During Interviews”

June 26, 2014 at 7:46 am, Lawrence Weinzimer said:

Knowing what not to do, or not to go with, is utilizing best judgment.

Ability to fit in and learn quickly is often just as essential as the Tech skill-set performance.

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September 13, 2014 at 11:28 am, fed up said:

If you ever hear the term “boss ” in a technical position …run the other way. Engineers engineer. Manager’s manager. Bosses are found at construction sites and oil rigs.

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October 19, 2014 at 6:31 am, D said:

“They don’t ask many technical questions when you’re interviewing for a technology position. If they don’t assess your technical chops, then what kind of bozos have they hired already?”

Completely inappropriate to refer to them as bozos. The resume is already a presentation of technical skills. Competency or the lack of will be proven very soon on the job. Often times fit is more important–especially for companies that have a company dynamic of give-them-a-hard-time that is supposed to be humor but is actually harassment.

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