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How Can You Tell If A Company’s Culture is Not For You?

With article upon article painting a grim picture for 20-somethings in the work force, it can be a bit stressful looking for a job. Even for job seekers that are older, searching and finding a job is not an easy task today. With all of that in mind, it’s super easy for job seekers to hop on the first opportunity that comes their way.

But even if you are desperate for a job, this is something you want to try to stay away from.

So you get asked to come in for an interview. Awesome. Your endless job search has finally come to some type of fruition. But if they offer you the position, how can you be sure that this is really a place you want to work? Here are a couple ways you can tell right away that this may not be the type of environment you want to work in.

1. Nasty Interview: If an interviewer is rude to you right off the bat, chances are this is how they conduct business around their office. This is probably not the type of atmosphere you want to be working in.

2. Unanswered Questions: Remember that an interview goes both ways. It’s your chance to ask the interviewer important questions you may have about their company. If the interviewer gives you vague answers or refuses to answer your questions all together, it may mean they are trying to hide something from you. And chances are that something is negative.

3. Employees Conduct: If you get the opportunity to walk through the company’s building, take a look at the people that work there. Do they seem happy? Are they talking with each other? If not, that could be a sign that most of the people that work there are unhappy or unfriendly.

Remember, a job offer is simply that. An offer. It is ultimately up to you to decide if you want to take that offer, or find something better. Even in a distressed economy, you won’t want to walk into your job everyday unhappy.

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Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter

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