5 Red Flags from a potential employer

Dodging Bullets in the Architecture Scene or in general

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The strangest thing happen to me today, enough to warrant this blog post. I received a job offer from a small residential firm I'd applied to last week. The offer was not the surprising part, it was how the next 60 seconds of the telephone conversation unfolded.

received the call from X firm owner. He notifies me that he's spoken to all my references and that they only had good things to say (not surprising since I'm pretty awesome, hehehe j/k okay maybe just a little awesome). Due to this, he'd like to extend an offer for X amount of money.

Cool right? Think again...... 

I said: "wao this sounds great, however is it possible to have a day or two to think about this offer and complete the last remainder of interviews I'd scheduled for the week?". I assured him I wouldn't take any longer than Friday to give him an answer  (during our interview I'd notified him that I was also seeking other employment opportunities).

This is when the most interesting part of my week occurred, he rapidly retracted his offer and said the following: "That's okay, I will give the job to the other person that seems more eager to work for me."

Ouch! Right? 

Don't worry folks my Latin sassyness stayed dormant. While I was keeping my cool and collecting myself I answered with the following:

"Awww this is very unfortunately, that you cannot give me a day or two. However, I understand you'd like to fill the position as quickly as possible. I still believe your work is amazing and inspiring. I hope there are no hard feelings, please let me know if it doesn't work out with this new employee, and if I'm still available we can revisit the offer."

The X firm owner said: "yup, thanks, goodbye".  

And this guys is how you get a job offer, and have it taken back from you in 60 seconds. Just in case you ever needed to know.

Now, for the good part....

Lessons learned from impatient Meany Pants: 

1. When a potential employer is just looking to fill a seat as fast as they can, and are not willing to wait for their potential employee to review the offer......You just dodge a bullet. 

2. If during the interview the potential employer speaks ill of his own or past employees, this is a sign that he is unprofessional or just a plain  _____ (fill in with offensive language).  

3. If when you ask "how long has your longest employee been with you?" and the answer is 1 yr or less, this means something is wrong with him or the firm in general. 

4. If he belittles your resume or work experience and classifies your worth as less than what your past employer's compensation was....this means he's playing hard ball and wants you for Pennies. 

5. If when you enter or exit the firm, the current employees look scared, sad or worried, they're trying to tell you something with their eyes. Run for the hills you just dodged another bullet!

 P.S Follow up post to come about Job Hunting in today's market and using the help of a recruiter.