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8 röda flaggor att hålla utkik efter i intervjuprocessen


Everyone knows that interviews can be a very stressful experience. You have worked really hard to get to this stage and it can be easy to turn a blind eye to many of the red flags that the interviewer or company is displaying. It is very important to take this opportunity to interview your potential employer as well, not just allow them to ask all of the questions. The end goal of your career search should be getting hired by an employer in a role that fits you best. As you make your way through various interview processes, here are 8 red flags to watch out for that signal this may not be the best employer for you:

1. They don’t get you an answer to all of your questions or don’t let you ask any questions in the interview.

Interviewing is a two-way street and should be treated that way. You should always have the opportunity to interview your potential employer so that you can make sure whether it is the right fit for you. All interviewers should make time for questions at the end of each interview, and if time runs over, offer the opportunity to ask questions over email. You should never be left with questions throughout each step of the interview process and especially when you are facing that potential offer letter. If you haven’t gotten an answer to one of your questions, don’t sign the offer letter until you do. You should feel comfortable with the potential employer as you advance throughout the process. If you don’t feel comfortable, it may be time to walk away from the interview process.

2. They ask you about your salary history.

In some states, this is even illegal! Employers shouldn’t ask about your salary history as it shouldn’t have any relevance to the role that you are applying. Each employer should have a salary range in mind for each role to ensure that they are keeping to their own budget and also to make sure that they are paying employees equally relative to their different experience levels. I would make sure that you have your own acceptable salary range in mind, including all of the benefit variables as well, but don’t hesitate to redirect these questions towards what you are wanting from the new role. 

3. The interviewer seems disengaged or not paying attention.

Have you ever been in an interview where it seems like the interviewer is only partially there? That is definitely a major red flag! Employers should take you and your time seriously and also the hiring process in general. Hiring is a major investment for all employers and not treating it as such can be a big mistake. Your interviewer should be present with you and treat you as one of the most important parts of their day (because you should be)! You are taking time away from your current role, job search time, or the many other things you could be doing 

4. They don’t give you a timeline to hear back.

An employer should always give you a timeline to hear back especially after you have spent time on them by interviewing whether on the phone or in person. They should give you some idea of when you should hear back from them. They should then follow up with you in that time period, whether it is with no news or some news. Your potential employer should always be timely with their follow up responses. Employers should value your time and also try to ease any questions of when you will receive an answer of continuing the interview process.

5. They should always outline next steps and be transparent with you!

At the beginning of the process or after your first few steps, the potential employer should outline the interviewing steps to come as well as the timeline they are looking to hire in. All employers should have their interview process built out prior to candidates entering the picture. If they don’t, that should be a concerning sign as they haven’t thought through all of the pieces required to find the best person for their role. Most employers should have a rough idea of when they are looking to hire their open roles and they should be forthcoming with that information to you. You wouldn’t want to be waiting around for weeks or even months without any idea of when the final steps of the interview process will be. They should also let you know where you are at in the process, whether they are two more interviews to go through or a potential position assessment. The interview process should be communicated with you and you should have an idea of what is to come! 

6. They don’t treat you like a human.

All employers are human and they should also treat you with the same respect. There are many different activities going on in everyone’s lives at once so employers should be flexible with how and when they are scheduled. If you are sick, please cancel your interview. You want to be able to bring your best self into the interview and it is very hard to do so when you are sick. If your potential employer isn’t okay with canceling the interview process, then that is a huge red flag. Please keep in mind that you should be as transparent and upfront as possible communicating your needs as soon as possible. If you are transparent and upfront, employers should be willing to make accommodations when they can.

7. Employers are not able to identify goals to accomplish for the new role.

Any employer should be able to tell you what goals that the role is working towards within their first 90 days and beyond. These goals help set the expectations for you once you would start in that role and it can be hard to start working somewhere without knowledge of these starting points. It should be a major red flag for you as the interviewee, because if you were to be hired, what are you going to be aiming at doing? These goals also help determine how your performance will be measured. How will you know how well you’re performing without something to measure it against? Without these goals, it is hard to imagine what an employer’s onboarding process would be like. 

8. You are not interviewed by a variety of your potential team members.

This is your time to get to know your potential workplace and potential new team members. Employers should incorporate potential peers for this role into the interview to not only give you an idea of who works there, but it also gives them the opportunity to get to know you as well. As mentioned, interviewing is a two-way street. If employers don’t include your peers in the interview process, how are you supposed to get a good idea of the workplace culture and also a good idea of what your potential new team works on? I would include this as a flag because if they are not including their team into the hiring process, you have to wonder why they are avoiding introducing you to potential teammates.

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You should be taking notes throughout the interview process and be on the lookout for warning signs that the company you are interviewing with may not be the best fit. Like I said before, interviewing is a two-way street and it allows you the opportunity to get a sneak peek of what it is like within the company that you are interviewing with and also what it would be like to work in the role. It can be difficult to switch roles, careers, or even just to start your career in a role that the company is not transparent with you throughout the interview process. These decisions are not made lightly. If you see any of these red flags, it may be time to end the interview process with that company. If you do end up turning a blind eye to these red flags, you may end up regretting your decision later, once you have spent a few months at your new employer.

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Google December Produktrecensioner Uppdatering påverkar mer än engelska webbplatser? via @sejournal, @martinibuster



Googles produktrecensioner uppdatering tillkännagavs att rulla ut till det engelska språket. Inget nämndes om eller när det skulle rullas ut till andra språk. Mueller svarade på en fråga om huruvida det rullar ut till andra språk.

Uppdatering för produktrecensioner från Google december 2021

Den 1 december 2021, Google meddelade den Twitter att en produktrecensionsuppdatering skulle rullas ut som skulle fokusera på engelska webbsidor.

Fokus för uppdateringen var att förbättra kvaliteten på recensioner som visas i Googles sökning, särskilt inriktade på recensionswebbplatser.

En Googler twittrade en beskrivning av de typer av webbplatser som skulle vara inriktade på degradering i sökrankingen:

"Främst relevant för webbplatser som publicerar artiklar som recenserar produkter.

Tänk på sajter som "bästa TV-apparater under $200″.com.

Målet är att förbättra kvaliteten och användbarheten av recensioner som vi visar användare.”


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Google publicerade också en blogginlägg med mer vägledning om produktrecensionsuppdateringen som introducerade två nya bästa praxis som Googles algoritm skulle leta efter.

Den första bästa praxisen var ett krav på bevis för att en produkt faktiskt hanterades och granskades.

Den näst bästa praxis var att tillhandahålla länkar till mer än en plats där en användare kan köpa produkten.

De Twitter tillkännagivandet uppgav att det rullas ut till engelska webbplatser. Blogginlägget nämnde inte vilka språk det rullades ut till och inte heller specificerade blogginlägget att uppdateringen av produktrecensionen var begränsad till det engelska språket.

Uppdatering för Googles Mueller Thinking About Produktrecensioner

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Screenshot of Google's John Mueller trying to recall if December Product Review Update affects more than the English language

Produktrecension Uppdatering inriktad på fler språk?

Personen som ställde frågan hade med rätta intrycket att uppdateringen av produktrecensionen endast påverkade sökresultat på engelska.


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Men han påstod att han såg volatilitet i sökningar på det tyska språket som verkar vara relaterat till Googles Produktrecensionsuppdatering december 2021.

Detta är hans fråga:

"Jag såg några rörelser i tyska sök också.

Så jag undrade om det också kunde bli en effekt på webbplatser på andra språk av den här produktrecensionsuppdateringen... eftersom vi hade mycket rörelse och volatilitet under de senaste veckorna.

…Min fråga är, är det möjligt att uppdateringen av produktrecensioner också påverkar andra webbplatser?”

John Mueller svarade:

"Jag vet inte... som andra språk?

Mitt antagande var att detta var globalt och över alla språk.

Men jag vet inte vad vi tillkännagav i blogginlägget specifikt.

Men vanligtvis försöker vi pressa ingenjörsteamet att fatta ett beslut om det så att vi kan dokumentera det ordentligt i blogginlägget.

Jag vet inte om det hände med uppdateringen av produktrecensioner. Jag kommer inte ihåg hela blogginlägget.

Men det är... ur min synvinkel verkar det som något som vi skulle kunna göra på flera språk och inte skulle vara knutet till engelska.

Och även om det var engelska från början så känns det som något som är relevant över hela linjen, och vi bör försöka hitta sätt att rulla ut det till andra språk med tiden också.

Så jag är inte särskilt förvånad över att man ser förändringar i Tyskland.

Men jag vet inte heller vad vi faktiskt tillkännagav när det gäller de platser och språk som är inblandade.”

Påverkar uppdateringen av produktrecensioner fler språk?

Även om det tweetade tillkännagivandet specificerade att produktrecensioners uppdatering var begränsad till engelska språket nämnde det officiella blogginlägget inga sådana begränsningar.

Googles John Mueller erbjöd sin åsikt att uppdateringen av produktrecensioner är något som Google kan göra på flera språk.

Man måste undra om tweeten var tänkt att kommunicera att uppdateringen rullades ut först på engelska och sedan till andra språk.

Det är oklart om uppdateringen av produktrecensioner rullades ut globalt till fler språk. Förhoppningsvis kommer Google att klargöra detta snart.


Google blogginlägg om produktrecensioner Uppdatering

Uppdatering av produktrecensioner och din webbplats

Googles riktlinjer för nya produktrecensioner

Skriv produktrecensioner av hög kvalitet

John Mueller diskuterar om uppdateringen av produktrecensioner är global

Se Mueller svara på frågan vid 14:00 Minute Mark

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