Job seekers beware: Red flags that scream "don't take this job!"

06 November 2018 Virginia Brookes

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You often hear about red flags employers need to be cautious of when hiring new employees. From shoddy references and a sketchy work history to arriving late and unprepared, there are a lot of things employers need to watch out for when hiring someone new.

But what about red flags job seekers need to keep an eye out for? It's equally important for candidates to do their research on a potential employer as it is for an employer to do their research on you. After all, the job has to be a good fit for you too.

Leading real estate recruitment expert Virginia Brookes of Resolver Recruitment says these are the top things job seekers should keep an eye out for.

First of all, why is it so important for job seekers to do their research on a potential employer?

Ms Brookes says job interviews work both ways - job seekers should also 'interview' the employer.

"Heading into an interview with a potential employer is important to both of you. Ensure you do your research on the company and use your time to interview the employer as well," she told WILLIAMS MEDIA.

Asking the employer questions like how long the last person was in the role for, what hours employees work, what team building activities are on offer, and opportunities for training and progression will all give you a better understanding of the company.

"Look online at Google reviews, ask questions about the company to people you know and ensure you end up working for a company that is aligned with your values and ethics."

What are some recruitment 'red flags' candidates should keep an eye out for?

Ms Brookes says you should steer clear of generic job ads.

"Look out for very generic ads with not much detail, unfortunately, some ads are used to “capture” candidate CVs. Ensure that the job ad relates to specifics about the role and you can gain an understanding of the role prior to applying," she says.

Companies that are constantly recruiting can be another big fat red flag.

"Sometimes it can mean great things (fast company growth), but it can also mean that there is a high staff turnover, so make sure you do your research," Ms Brookes warns.

What are some red flags specific to the real estate industry?

"As the industry is bound by awards, there can be some very easy red flags to spot when it comes to the real estate industry. Always be aware of what your award wage should be (this can easily be found through the Fair Work website) and never accept a role paying less than the award wage.

"For salespeople who are just starting out, you should never be placed on a commission only basis as it's quite simply not legal. Also look at the Property Licenses websites to ensure the person you will be working with has the relevant License to be in operation. If any of these things don't check out, steer clear!"

What about signs of a bad boss?

They're not supposed to be your best mate - they've got other employees to manage and a business to run. But there is a difference between a tough boss and a bad one.

"Be aware of someone who speaks badly to you, does not treat you with respect or someone who makes you feel bad about the job you do. A boss who screams at their staff, have them working unrealistic hours and pays the minimum wage with no bonuses in the office hardly sounds like an ideal employer," Ms Brookes says.

"Ideally, you want to work with someone who treats you well, encourages your performance and growth, and who creates a positive and uplifting workplace."