SEVEN REASONS NOT TO TAKE A JOB
(P1) From time to time, all of us go looking for a new job. But there are certain WARNING SIGNS that should make you THINK TWICE before accepting a new position. Here are a few:
(P2) 1. Everyone working at the company is new
(P3) High staff TURNOVER is always a RED FLAG. Why does the company have such a hard time keeping good people?
(P4) 2. INTERVIEWER complains about their current staff
(P5) If your interviewer BADMOUTHS employees to a job candidate, what do you think he will say about you after he hires you?
(P6) 3. The language describing the job is not clear
(P7) This suggests that the job itself won’t be clear, either.
(P8) 4. The language describing the job is hard to believe
(P9) If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
(P10) 5. The job is advertised over and over again
(P11) If you see the same job advertisement many times, that means something. Something bad!
(P12) 6. What is the CAREER PATH?
(P13) If the interviewer can’t tell you how you would make progress in the organization, you might get stuck in a DEAD END JOB.
(P14) 7. Bad body language
(P15) As you walk through the company, look around. Do people seem happy or unhappy? If they look like they don’t want to be there, remember – that could be you if you accept the job offer.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- When was the last time that you interviewed for a new job? Did you get hired?
- What was the best interview you ever had? What was the worst?
- Do you get very nervous before or during interviews?
- Have you ever been stuck in a dead end job?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Warning sign
- Think twice
- Red flag
- Career path
- Dead end job