When applying for a remote position, every candidate does their best to leave a good impression.
They tailor their CV to fit the job description, dress to impress for the interview, and may even read a few web articles looking for tips and tricks to help them stand out from the other candidates.
It’s important to come prepared, especially if it’s a job you really want.
However, it’s also important to know your worth and not settle for any job just because it was offered to you.
The interview is not only supposed to help the employer decide if you’re the right fit for their company. It’s also supposed to help YOU decide whether it’s worth your time and effort.
Will you be able to handle all the tasks? Will the salary be enough? And finally, is the employer someone you’ll actually want to work for?
An interview is a perfect opportunity to look out for red flags and make sure the employer is treating you well. After all, a fair boss makes a strong, loyal team – and being a part of one will make your life much easier.
That’s why we’ve prepared an article to show you exactly what you should look out for when applying for a remote position.
Here are 10 signs that the hiring manager is not treating you fairly.
1. They Come Unprepared
During the application process, you were probably asked to send in a CV and a cover letter. If it’s obvious that your employer didn’t take the time to read either of these, that’s a red flag.
The employer should be able to answer most of your questions, especially when it comes to the position you’re applying for. If they are unsure about it, they may be having difficulty with their hiring process.
Hiring remotely is not easy, and if the employer is not well informed, they may end up looking to fill a position they don’t even need. This can result in a high turnover – and leave you without a job.
2. They’re Downright Rude
For both employers and candidates, having a bad attitude is one of the biggest red flags you can encounter.
There’s no valid reason your employer should treat you like a child or make you feel like you should beg for the job.
Hiring is a two-way street. You may be looking for a job, but the company is looking for an employee.
You’re giving this company your time and effort, and that should always be appreciated.
3. They Don’t Offer Compensation for Test Tasks
Test tasks are a great way to show your skills and really shine during the recruitment process. However, test tasks or trial periods should always be paid. If your employer expects you to work for free, that’s a major red flag.
You may not find it hard to do a couple of free tasks if it’s a job you really want, but it shows how your employer will treat you if you get the job. If you don’t get paid for test tasks, you probably won’t get paid for additional and overtime work once you get the job.
Additional tip: Although working remotely has so many benefits, you should always be careful when finding job posts on social media and suspicious websites. If the employer avoids giving you a detailed job description or asks you for any money for training materials, it’s probably a scam. If you want to find a trustworthy website, check out this article on where to start.
4. You Feel Replaceable
For me, this is the biggest red flag when applying for a remote position.
Years ago, I had an online job interview at a huge company that was providing online English lessons. Although they had hundreds of teachers working, the salaries were simply horrible, and the hiring managers were downright rude.
The job itself was not great. You couldn’t make a decent salary, the rules were extremely strict, and the atmosphere was very stressful.
So why did so many people work for this company?
Well, since the talent pool for remote businesses is much larger, some companies will try to find low-position remote workers from foreign countries who are in a desperate need of a job. Since the unemployment rate in these countries is very high, they won’t have a problem replacing you if you speak out.
If your interviewer is rude, barely knows your name and clearly tells you that your ideas and opinions don’t really matter, it’s one of those companies.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to get rid of these practices, but if you have good skills and want to work hard, don’t settle for any less than what you truly deserve.
5. They Offer a Low Salary
When it comes to remote positions, many companies try to offer less money to increase their profit. That’s why you need to be extra careful during the interview and clearly communicate your expectations.
Always know your worth and don’t be afraid to negotiate a reasonable salary.
6. They Don’t Contact You
The application process was simple, the interview went well, you had a good feeling… And out of nowhere, the interviewer hasn’t contacted you in several weeks.
If this happens, it’s possible that they chose another candidate.
I’ll admit it, not taking the time to send an email and let you know you didn’t get the job is not really the nicest thing to do, but it happens.
However, if you’ve been biting your nails for weeks, don’t be afraid to contact your employer and ask whether they’ve filled the position. You have nothing to lose!
These were our top 6 signs that the interviewer is not treating you fairly during the hiring process.
If your interviewer makes one of these mistakes but leaves an overall good impression, follow your gut and don’t give up. But if you notice many red flags when applying for a remote position, the job itself probably won’t be much better than the interview.
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