How To Spot A Dysfunctional Work Zone At Your Very First Job Interview?

Dysfunction exists in almost every office. That’s for sure. But the level of dysfunction may vary from one workplace to another workplaces. To our surprise, many famous companies also have dysfunction in their workplace. If any form or level of dysfunction occurs, then the decisions, outcomes, and conclusions will be affected, making it less profitable. The whole company can collapse in case of massive dysfunction in the workplace. A dysfunctional workplace can be connected to a toxic relationship. Things take off well at first, but you can see uneventful things happening, which later may turn into unhealthful.


While giving the interview, you should focus on answering questions and being aware of the surroundings because you might get the hints or red flags, indicating a dysfunctional workplace.

  • Clouded communication

Communication or presentation is a vital aspect of every organization. The growth of an organization depends on the level of communication. A healthy organization secures its virtues and expresses them in each possible way in the company. So, in between the interview, watch how the interviewers communicate among them. If the email you received from the company is not well written or if it is presented in poor decency, then you should get the hint that the workplace is not that great, and the company has a dysfunction for sure.

  • The length of the interview

While the interview is going on, monitor the interviewers. A decent interviewer or the one who truly cares for the company will interact with you most of the time. They will let you feel comfortable and asks questions about your previous work experiences (if any) in a respectable way. After asking one or two questions, if the interviewer says that the interview is over, you can easily understand that they are not interested. This is also one of the clues for you that this company is not that productive.

  • Gossiping interviewers

In rare events, you might be interviewed for a job that is vacant or left by someone. During the interview, if you are continually being compared to their previous employee, then there are high chances that you will be treated poorly. If the interviewers gossip about you in your presence, you can understand how they will behave towards you once you are employed in their organization.

  • Inappropriate questions

Interacting with the interviewer is a good thing. But if the interviewer asks out of context questions related to religion, ethnicity, or constantly suppressing your emotions. Then don’t think twice to avoid this company because these are some of the generally found characteristics in a dysfunctional workplace.

  • Attitude

Watch out for the behaviors of the interviewers. Diminishing your work experience or lowering your past working positions. For example, let’s say that your previous work position is manager, then the interviewers might say that you can only become a junior employee.

  • Dictatorial Boss

It is easy to spot an oppressive boss during the interview. If you are answering them, they might interpret you saying ‘you are taking too long to answer’ or even if you slightly move from your seat, they will ask you ‘who allowed you to move’ questions. Because these types of bosses always want drama and are ready to pick on you even for the slightest mistake.


It is easy to sense whether it is a dysfunctional workplace or not during an interview if you observe everything. Avoid these kinds of companies to have a peaceful workplace because the workplace is considered a second home.