Tell Us Now: 16 Interview Red Flags

Sometimes we are so desperate for a job that we forget job interviews are a two-way street. We should be interviewing them as to why we should work for them as well. We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “What red flags during job interviews are signs that you should absolutely not work there?” Here are 16 warnings from readers… listen up so you don't have to learn the hard way. 

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TELL US NOW. ANTAGONISTIC MERCH Leftist Tearc Brandon R. advises to run, When they have mugs that say Leftist Tears.' TrY not to be an ideologue one way or the other, especially at work, and get along with everybody, but man, listening to all the insane things right-wingers talk

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TELL US NOW. DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES Britt M. says if a company is looking for 'someone who works hard and will do whatever it takes then that means you'll be working weekends and doing the job of 15 people without earning 15 incomes.

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TELL US NOW. HIGH TURNOVER Rob G. doesn't trust a job where the hiring manager talks about high turnover or how a lot of staff has left recently but won't mention why. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. ASKING TO COVER TATTOOS Gretchen N. says nothing is more of a red flag than If they ask if I'm willing to cover my tattoos... have my master's degree, ten years of experience in the field and have completed over 5000 clinical hours. My tattoos have nothing

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TELL US NOW. SOMBER EMPLOYEES Torrin B. says, Always ask for a tour of the store. If employees seem happy that's great. One store I interviewed at everyone was silent and looked miserable. Body language can speak wonders. I politely declined that iob. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. OVEREMPHASIS ON PERKS Paul C. says, Whenever they emphasize non-pertonrhroom perks, like how great is, or how they have personalized quiet spaces we can utilize during breaks. What that tells me is the work environment and structure is horrible, but 'Hey, have a cookie! We have cookies!'w

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TELL US NOW. A NOW HIRING SIGN NOW HIRING JOINUS Amanda N. says, If the place spent money on a neon sign for hiring, I'm guessing turnover is high and they value that sign more than the people working there. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. LATE INTERVIEWERS 12 Jennifer L. doesn't approve when an interviewer is more than 15 minutes late, saying, Get it together, you're the one who scheduled the interview. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. HIT THE GROUND RUNNING Matt K. says the term hit the ground running almost always means we can't train our employees worth a sh#t. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE Robin A. says to avoid jobs that say you must be flexible because it probably means you could pull an all-nighter or they will call you 3 AM on a Saturday to come in at 4 AM 'cause somebody called out sick.

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TELL US NOW. FAST-PACED ENVIRONMENT Annastacia D. says, 'We are a fast-paced environment' is code for zero work/life balance. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. BEING A FAMILY Jackie O. warns that if a company calls themself a family, In my experience, it means they are going to take advantage SO hard and push things to the limit and expect you to be ok with it because FaMiLy.

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TELL US NOW. BEING ENTREPRENEURIAL Adam L. warns that if a company says they are very entrepreneurial that translates to them saying you will be doing more outside of your job description than in it and we will pay you next to nothing. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. DIFFICULT COWORKERS Jennifer G. says to run if they ask How do you deal with difficult coworkers?

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TELL US NOW. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT Patrick D. warns that a competitive environment means you'll be stabbing coworkers in the back.

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TELL US NOW. EXCESSIVE AMENITIES Frankie P. says, S'nacks and amenities at an office are nice, but if I see nap pods or showers (outside of a gym setting) I worry that long hours and poor work-life balance are the norm. CRACKED.COM