There are few things more exciting than seeing a job ad where you meet all of the qualifications. Searching for a job is time-consuming, exhausting, and frustrating. You want something that will help you grow, something fulfilling, something you enjoy doing. However, there are some potential employers out there who might not be what you expect. Look out for these things during your job hunt and make sure you don't end up somewhere you don't want to be.
Sales Jobs Advertised as Marketing Jobs
These jobs are often advertised as "Entry Level Marketing". They usually involve "in-store promotion", "event marketing", or "personal marketing". Make no mistake, these are sales jobs. You'll be paid on commission and will be selling either door-to-door, or in a grocery/big box store. If this is something you're interested in, go for it. It's a great opportunity, but it isn't a true marketing job. It's sales. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're looking for a marketing opportunity, this isn't for you.
When You Can't Ask Questions in the Interview
You want to interview your employers as much, if not more, than they interview you. After all, you're going to be working there. You should get an idea of what it's like. They need to convince you to work there just like how you need to convince them to hire you. The questions you ask will provide information about their values and how they'll help you succeed. Additionally, asking good questions will help them appraise your ability to think critically.
Now, I'm not saying that companies that don't let you ask questions in the interview room have something to hide, but you should definitely consider it to be a red flag. It can mean that the company isn't putting a ton of energy and time into their interview process. You want to work for a place that cares about the people they hire, avoiding answering questions can show the opposite.
Always Check the Company
Of course, you should already be doing research on the company you're interviewing with. You should know what they do, how they create revenue, and how you might fit in there, but I'm not talking about that. Make sure the company you're interviewing with treats their people well. Check your LinkedIn connections to see if you have any that work at that company. Ask them what the experience is like. Ask them if they like working there. Check out the company on Glassdoor. Current and former employees leave reviews about their experience working at a particular company. Former interviewees do the same about their interview process. Before you even show up, make sure it's a place you might want to work.
Job hunting is tough, and the last thing you want to do is waste your own time. On top of that, you don't want to work at a place that fooled you into getting an interview. That won't bode well for your employment there. You want to work somewhere that's transparent and cares about their employees as well as their potential employees. The best jobs are mutual fits for the company and the prospective employee. It can't be a mutual fit if it isn't right for you.