Are you really the right fit for your job?

Bad hire

A new CareerBuilder survey finds a majority of workers have accepted a job that turned out to be a bad fit.

While no job is perfect, most workers can at the very least tolerate their job and perform the functions necessary to get it done. But what if something just seems…off? Perhaps you feel a little in over your head, the company culture doesn’t mesh with yours, or you and your boss just never see eye-to-eye?

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 2 in 3 workers (66 percent) say they have accepted a job and later realized it was a bad fit. While half of these workers (50 percent) have quit within six months, more than a third (37 percent) have stuck it out.

Employers are having regrets, too
If you’re feeling less than thrilled about your employer, the feeling may be mutual. According to the survey, nearly 3 in 4 employers say they’ve hired the wrong person for a position. This is how employers categorize someone as a bad hire:

  • The worker didn’t produce the proper quality of work: 54 percent
  • The worker had a negative attitude: 53 percent
  • The worker didn’t work well with other workers: 50 percent
  • The worker had immediate attendance problems: 46 percent
  • The worker’s skills did not match what they claimed to be able to do when hired: 45 percent


Red flags that signal a bad fit
If you’re unhappy at your job but aren’t sure whether to stick it out or start looking elsewhere, consider these red flags to watch out for:

A toxic environment: According to the survey, workers ranked toxic culture (46 percent) as the top reason why they realized their job was a bad fit. Unhealthy workplaces can cause everything from stress and anxiety to physical health problems. If your job is affecting your health in any way, that’s a major sign to get out.

A bad boss: Workers also said that the boss’ management style (40 percent) was what made them recognize a job wasn’t the right fit. While no one will get along perfectly with their manager all the time, (in fact, it’s actually good to have differing opinions from your superiors), if you are constantly clashing and can’t get anything accomplished because of it, that’s a red flag.

An alternate reality: Sometimes hiring managers may overplay certain aspects of a role during the interview to make it sound appealing, when in reality you’re not really doing all the cool, exciting things you were promised. That’s why 37 percent of workers said the job was the wrong fit due to it not matching what was described in the job listing and interview.

Vague expectations: Thirty-three percent of workers who said they had taken a job only to realize it’s a bad fit noticed their mistake based on a lack of clear expectations around the role. It’s important to sit down with your manager at the start of your job to lay out goals and expectations to ensure you’re on the same page from the get-go. If that doesn’t happen, you’ll have nothing to guide you and help you grow professionally.

Start your job off on the right foot by asking the right questions. Here are 10 questions to ask your first day at your new gig.