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10 warning signs a job offer is too good to be true, according to career experts

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 18 Jan 2019


Some job offers that seem incredible on the surface could be coming from a company that is fraudulent, has a toxic environment, or otherwise may not be what it seems.Here, two career experts walk through 10 potential warning signs that your dream job offer is too good to be true.After months of researching, applying, and interviewing, nothing is more relieving than finally getting that dream job offer. Even though you're fresh out of college with minimal job experience, they're promising you a six-figure salary, the ability to work from home once a week, and free trips to Mexico should you meet your goals.Although you've been doing all of the reaching out, the company seems really interested in bringing you on, despite not yet having an in-person interview. Out of eagerness you're ready to sign the offer letter. They haven't sent you one, but that's okay, you can just give them your social security number and bank statements over the phone.Sound like a plan' No! If you find yourself in a similar situation, know that there are many red flags in this particularly dire example of a hiring process that should steer you clear of accepting the job.It's important to be mindful of vagueness, verbal agreements, an eagerness to hire, and personal data requests early on, as these could indicate that the company is fraudulent, has a toxic environment, or otherwise may not be what it seems.Here, two career experts walk through 10 potential warning signs that your dream job offer is too good to be true, and that you should avoid the opportunity at all costs:SEE ALSO:11 tax deductions every independent contractor should know about1. The salary offer is too highAn unreasonably high salary is a common sign that the job may not be what it seems, according to career expert Eileen Sharaga. "This could be a sign that nobody wants the job because the conditions are toxic," she says. "They could be desperate to hire and will need you to solve an immediate problem."2. They make verbal promises"Steer clear of companies that make verbal promises to you but won't put them in writing," Sharaga said. "This almost always translates to unfulfillment." Plus, there's no physical evidence of the verbal commitment, so the company can't be held responsible for not following through.3. The details are vague"If they don't have the answers to your questions, this could be a red flag," Sharaga said. These questions may include details about your job responsibilities, the company's work environment, when you would start, or where the company's headed in 10 years. According to Sharaga, vageness signifies disorganization and instability.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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