Last Updated Sep 16, 2009 9:29 AM EDT
CAREEREALISM's Rob Taub has a top ten list for that. Just imagine a fun David Letterman style delivery as you peruse these ten ways you can tell you're interviewing for a dead-end job:
- Number 10: The position for which you are interviewing is vacant for a long time... Before letting someone go or sensing if someone wants to go, [well-run companies] will be ready with a replacement.
- Number 9: When asked how the company measures its success in the market, the interviewer offers a self-constructed analysis-- he's making it up!
- Number 8: Interviewer offers only vague generalizations about where the company would like to be, concluding with, "hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it". The correct thinking: better improve it before someone else does.
- Number 7: When you bring up Internet marketing or SEO, his or her eyes start to close.
- Number 6: When asked who they feel are their main competitors, you're fed the old unsubstantiated line, "we don't have any".
- Number 5: When you ask how the position has changed over the years the response is, "it hasn't."
- Number 4: When you ask the interviewer to tell you something about the particulars of the job you hear, "very steady work; lots of job security."
- Number 3: When you ask if the Interviewer has any tips before you leave and he or she says, "just make sure you have some fun out there."
- Number 2: When you ask your would-be boss how long he or she has been in their job, you hear, "since the company started."
- And finally, THE NUMBER 1 REASON YOU WILL KNOW IT'S A DEAD-END JOB AND SHOULD HIGH-TAIL IT TO THE DOOR -- When asked if the he or she is happy with where the company is today, the interviewer replies, "hey, it pays the bills and keeps the kids in tennis lessons!"