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15 people share red flags in a job interview that reveal it's a toxic workplace.

15 people share red flags in a job interview that reveal it's a toxic workplace.


Most people approach job interviews with the knowledge they'll be assessed for their suitability as an employee.

But the reality is, job interviews go both ways. The interviewer and company should receive as much questioning and scrutiny as the potential employee does.

It can be hard to remember that, when we're simply trying to survive, but looking out for red flags in a potential workplace can save us a world of grief.

In a popular Reddit thread, people shared the red flags in a job interview to look out for.

1. From Cook_n_sh*t:

In one interview I was enthusiastically assured that overtime wasn't an issue, but if you pick up an extra shift they pay in gift cards so that it saves you on taxes.

I know they're trying to save themselves employment taxes and time and a half, they're not doing me any favors. I declined their offer.

2. From Alhbf:

When I mentioned a company's dismal Glassdoor evaluations, they became so enraged that they ended the interview. Well, I suppose I escaped that danger.

3. From Hot_Salad9000:

“We’ll start you at minimum and re-evaluate in a month.”

4. From -Apocalypse-Cow-:

An interviewer tried to convince me to low-ball myself after I said what I’d accept as a minimum salary which was in their offer range from the posting.

“If we pay you more you wouldn’t get a bonus at the end of the year, and you’d be really upset when everyone else got one.”

What he was “able” to offer salary-wise was $10k below their posted range.

5. From Ardyruy:

This actually happened to me:

Interviewer: Do you have any questions for us?

Me: what is a challenge this department has recently faced?

Interviewer: Job security.

6. From SuvenPan:

The interviewer keeps telling you how fortunate you are to be there like they are doing you a favor by giving you the job.

7. From operative87:

Trying to get you to agree to start before they tell you what you’ll be paid.

8. From DeftTrack81:

Had an owner of a restaurant tell me 'If you have a problem don't come to me cause you won't like how I fix it' Yeah, keep your job.

9. From ThreeStacksRadio:

I interviewed for one once where the manager spent the whole time asking me the usual questions in between rounds of berating some poor tech support employee on the phone about their payroll software.

Also any time a hiring manager talks up the company's bonuses and raises to justify their low salary, you'd better believe you're not actually getting either.

10. From Lina_Grapes:

Once I had an interview where they silently gave me a questionnaire to fill out for 50 questions and just went to another room. The questions were very detailed and stupid, mostly about money.

'Is your goal to make money in our company?' (If the answer is ‘yes’, then you didn’t pass). I left before I even finished answering this list.

And then I found out that they register employees for an incredibly low official salary, promising to pay most of it at the end of the month, but they delayed money for six months and don’t give it out if the person quit.

I’m glad I left.

11. From Back2Bach:

'We expect our employees to be flexible regarding work schedules:

Would you be available to work evenings, weekends, and occasionally on holidays with short notice according to our needs?'

12. From carefreeguru:

I drove about 4 hours to an interview in another city. I told the person interviewing me that I was happy at my current job and wouldn't consider leaving just for the higher pay.

He stood up and looked over the cubicle walls to make sure no one was around and whispered, 'You don't want to work here.'

I passed on that job but while in the new city I applied for another job where I have been happy for the last 25+ years.

13. From mediumokra:

If you hear the word 'sales' mentioned ANYWHERE in the job description, then sales will be your main job.

14. From Laceybabe9669:

When they have nothing good to say about the person whose position they are trying to fill. They aren’t necessarily talking bad about the person- just little digs, almost passive-aggressive.

15. From fshnow:

Once you realize that all upper management is family.

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