Today is Halloween, so let’s begin with a spooky story about a job interview.“The interview took me to a tumbledown building in the city’s historic district. I pushed the door open to let myself in and I did not see a single person. Just a dark hallway crowded with disorganized piles of boxes and books. I called out and nobody answered. Everywhere I looked there were broken window frames, dust, fixtures with no bulbs, and dripping pipes. Somebody finally emerged from the dark to greet me. She said ‘forgive our appearance, we’re in transition,’ and then left me alone in a dingy little room to take a test. Later, I sat down to talk with the owners of the company, a husband and wife in identical black turtlenecks. When I asked what happened to person I was replacing, the two of them paused and gave each other a look. The wife said awkwardly, ‘She just … ahh … she just wasn’t a fit for us. She didn’t work out.’ And then she abruptly changed the subject. That was when I knew it was time to go. I can’t work in an environment like that.” Sometimes a 30-minute conversation can send a clear message that an opportunity isn’t right for you. Employers can get negative feelings about an interviewee, but you may get an immediate “get me out of here” vibe from employers who should be working hard to impress you. Keep an eye out for these unsettling signs — on Halloween, and always — to avoid the horrors of a haunted house!