3."We were doing a walk-and-talk job interview as the manager was showing me the facilities. When the manager not only greeted the custodian by name, but also asked about his wife and kids by name, I knew this would be an awesome place to work!"
4."The office being empty at 5:30 p.m. I visited a friend at his office after-hours a couple of weeks before interviewing for a position there (they have a bar in the office). This is a multibillion-dollar tech company, and I'd estimate about 3 percent of the employees were still there at 5:30. It showed me that the company really respected their employees' time."
11."When they try to convince me that it's a great place to work and that I want to be there, instead of treating the position like a carrot they are dangling in front of me that I should be grateful to chase. A job is a mutually beneficial working relationship. Fucking act like it."
12."Honesty. I always ask the interviewers what the worst part of the job is, and it's a pretty good tell about whether they're being honest with you. And if they won't tell you what the worst thing about the job is, you definitely don't want the job."
13."If the higher-ups are genuinely nice. I think there's a tendency for business to advance assholes up the career ladder at a greater rate than kind people. So if you find a business where some truly decent people find themselves in positions of power, it's a good sign that the company has values and a good working environment instead of a culture of anything for a buck."
14."Seeing employees taking breaks is a good sign. Absolutely everyone was working on something when I interviewed for a job, and that should have been a red flag that the store was horrendously understaffed."
15."Employer at my current job told me: 'We don't care if you make reasonable mistakes. We just want you to inform someone when it happens so we can fix it and move on.' This was a huge plus in my book because so many places freak out when normal, human mistakes happen, and employees hide it from them for fear of being fired over small stuff."
17."The number-one green flag of every good job I've worked at is that they test my abilities. Every company that has given me a pre-interview test or interview exercise or some other way of testing my skills has turned out to be competent. Every company that has not done this has turned out to have hired idiots."
18."Look around when you are walking through the building. When I was walking from the receptionist's desk to my now-manager's office, I looked around everywhere. I saw we all had dual monitors, there were multiple microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee machines that were full. I also saw one guy listening to music while working, and another even had a movie up on his second screen. I later learned that we got free coffee and could watch or listen to things like TV shows as long as we were focused on work and got our work done."
19."Probably too late to be a green flag for anyone applying for the job but: They call you back if you didn't get the job after an interview. Bonus points if they point out your strengths and what you can do to improve yourself."