Work for us and you’ll be rich, powerful, and wildly happy. The lure of the siren song is real. Offers may sound really attractive, companies may feel warm and cozy, and the people may make you want to jump ship tomorrow. Beware. Pay close attention to the top three warning signs that the company who’s recruiting you is too good to be true.

It’s Too Good To Be True If…

They give you a short list of staff you can talk to about the company

Everyone loves this place – let me have to talk to John and Kate about what it’s like to work here. I’m sure John and Kate do love their job, but how big is the company? You’re only allowed to pick the brains of a chosen few employees? What about someone in each department? What if you got the real story by choosing who to chat with?

They throw around a lot of buzz words

Corporate synergy, empowerment culture, alignment leadership, agile workforce. Say what? What ever happened to the real story backed up by facts? We’ve got an ownership culture, incentivized to provide awesome support – because we’re 100% employee owned. We hate bureaucracy – if you want to talk to the Marketing department, give them a ring. Here’s some pictures of our last team event – we’ve got 300 employees and 295 were there to celebrate. If you can’t figure out what they’re talking about when they start talking, consider why they can’t just say it like it is.

Everything is rosy

Every job, every company, every department has its highs and lows. Nothing is perfect. We know this, and yet we can still so easily get sucked into tales of that far off fantastical company where nothing annoying, aggravating, and downright scream-worthy ever happens. When a company is willing to admit the areas that they are working on, instead of being a red flag, it’s really a breath of fresh air – and very telling about how they operate every day.

Do your homework. Trust but verify – you’ll be well on your way to finding a great place to hang your shingle.