5 warning signs not to hire

Melinda Bullock
August 23, 20182 mins read

When hiring new staff we have a number of processes in place to help screen the best candidates.

However, people often get so caught up in the interview and referee stages they forget that the interview actually starts from the moment the candidate enters the organisations building. 

Here are some warning signs to look out for. 

1)    Arriving on time 

This should be pretty obvious, but unless something drastic prevented the candidate from turning up to an interview on time, why in the world would you expect them to turn up to work on time? Likewise, turning up too early shows they are not respecting your time. 

2)    First Impressions last

We often call this a “gut impression”, however, your gut is not a decision making part of your body! You automatically assess anyone you meet for the first time within a few seconds. This impression is usually made from the following details – Smile, handshake, introduction, the way they speak, eye contact, the way they are dressed. 

Imagine yourself introducing your interviewee to the team, a senior stakeholder in your business or even a client. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this then you don’t have the right person. 

3)    How have they treated the staff they have made contact with?

Who did they meet and how did they treat them? If the interactions had with this person were cold and unfriendly how would this candidate work in a team environment?

4)    Speaking negatively about past employers

Even if the story may be true, you want someone who is going to at least take responsibility of his or her own actions or at least share what they learned from the experience, instead of blaming others?

5)    Showing up unprepared

This is a massive indication for me. Showing up without something to take notes on, knowing nothing about the organisation, not having any questions prepared. If they are willing to turn up to a job interview unprepared is this how will they approach their daily tasks?


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