5 Signs You Need to Walk Out of a Job Interview


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5 Signs You Need to Walk Out of a Job Interview

Did youِ experience theِ worst job interview ofِ your life.
Did youِ wishِ you couldِ just getِ up andِ walk out.
Contrary toِ popular belief, youِ don’t haveِ to suffer throughِ anِ entire job interview ifِ things areِ starting toِ takeِ a seriousِ nosedive.

1. The employer is engaging in illegal business activities

When times areِ tough, itِ canِ beِ tempting toِ jump atِ the firstِ couple ofِ job opportunities thatِ comeِ your way.
Some job applicants areِ unknowingly lured intoِ pyramid schemes thisِ way.
The Federal Trade Commission alsoِ warns toِ beِ on theِ alert ifِ product sales doِ not determine yourِ income.

Say thanks, but no thanks. | iStock.com

How to handle the situation

The FTC advises toِ askِ questions toِ determine whetherِ you’re dealing withِ a scam artist.
Some thingsِ you’ll wantِ toِ askِ are how muchِ product wasِ sold toِ distributors, whatِ percentage ofِ sales wereِ madeِ to distributors, andِ what wereِ theِ annual product sales.
Leave theِ interview, andِ then voice yourِ concerns toِ theِ FTC.

2. Your interviewer makes an insulting remark about you

Just becauseِ you’re oneِ ofِ manyِ candidates interviewing forِ a job doesn’t meanِ you shouldِ accept poor treatment.
Inappropriate comments aboutِ your race, appearance, orِ gender identity, forِ example, areِ unacceptable.
Unfortunately, someِ hiring managers takeِ advantage ofِ that andِ use itِ asِ a license toِ beِ obnoxious.

How to handle the situation

Leave if your interviewer insults you. | iStock.com

Don’t sit thereِ while yourِ interviewer insults you.
You mightِ beِ able toِ prevent a similar situation fromِ happening toِ anotherِ job applicant.
Be aware, however, thereِ areِ time limits toِ filing a discrimination charge.

3. Your interviewer takes personal calls and ignores you

Your time isِ just asِ valuable asِ your interviewer’s.
You shouldn’t haveِ to sit thereِ while theِ manager engages inِ a lengthy conversation.
After aboutِ five minutes ofِ himِ doingِ paperwork, I asked ifِ there wasِ anythingِ I couldِ help with.

How to handle the situation

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Before youِ walk out, give theِ interviewer theِ benefit ofِ the doubt.
It’s possibleِ heِ or sheِ couldِ beِ dealing withِ a family emergency orِ something elseِ that requires immediateِ attention.
If theِ answer isِ no andِ the interviewer continues toِ ignore you, that’s yourِ cue toِ getِ up andِ leave.

 4. The office environment is unsafe

Your work environment shouldِ beِ clean andِ safe.
If youِ show upِ toِ a job interview andِ you canِ see thatِ the office isِ unclean andِ definitely notِ safe, that’s a big red flag.
It’s bestِ to makeِ the decision toِ leave nowِ insteadِ of takingِ the job andِ then gettingِ sick orِ hurt later.

How to handle the situation

An interview is not the time for personal calls. | iStock.com/Halfpoint

Let yourِ interviewer knowِ you feel unsafe, thankِ himِ or herِ forِ the time, andِ then getِ out ofِ there.
Now isِ not theِ time toِ worry aboutِ how yourِ reaction willِ beِ perceived.
So thinkِ aboutِ yourself inِ this situation, andِ deal withِ theِ consequences later.

5. The interviewer wants more than just a professional relationship

It’s great toِ work inِ anِ office whereِ everyoneِ is friendly.
However, someِ people haveِ a tendency toِ getِ a littleِ too friendly andِ want somethingِ muchِ moreِ than a professional relationship.
And whenِ thatِ person isِ your manager orِ your interviewer, thingsِ canِ get veryِ uncomfortable.

One Redditor, who goes by the user name Treeaway4, shared this experience:

The owner ofِ the business wasِ interviewing me.
He told meِ aboutِ how heِ started hisِ own business andِ worked inِ corporate, sacrificing untilِ heِ gotِ the chance toِ open hisِ own business.
“I wouldِ evenِ get theirِ coffee.” He proceeds toِ askِ me ifِ I’m willingِ toِ work hard “even ifِ that means giving yourِ boss a massage sometimes?” Confused, I asked himِ what heِ meant byِ that.

How to handle the situation

Just asِ the person onِ Reddit did, it’s bestِ to askِ the interviewer whatِ heِ or sheِ means beforeِ jumping toِ conclusions.
If theِ interviewer repeats theِ statement andِ your suspicions thatِ heِ or sheِ was hinting atِ anِ inappropriate relationship areِ correct, it’s time toِ getِ out ofِ there.
You’re thereِ forِ a job, notِ a date.