By Jack J. Kelly
You would like to believe that Recruiters and Human Resource professionals will share all the important and significant details about the job you are interviewing for; warts and all.
Sadly, this is not the case.
Most human resources professionals and recruiters are honest and decent people. However, keep in mind, they have a job to do which is basically headhunting. Just as Real Estate brokers tend to focus on the beautiful features of a home and conveniently forget to mention about the leaky roof and psycho killer living next door, recruiters, both internal and external, may inadvertently leave out a few essential points.
For example, it is fairly easy to forget to mention the long hours required, lack of internal advancement, crazy boss, high employee turnover, no salary increases, limited bonuses, and someone will always “mistakenly” eat the lunch you keep in the community refrigerator.
How can you combat this? Simply by asking a lot of questions during the interview so that you gain a sense of the firm’s culture, employee retention rate, history of internal promotions, and advancements. Also, inquire amongst friends, co-workers, peers and colleagues, to determine what information they can pass along to you, and you must conduct in-depth internet searches about the company. .
Just remember, like in real estate, buyers beware.