It’s no secret that you take a risk each time you set out to fill an opening with the perfect candidate. It takes time, money and a lot of effort to interview, that’s why we want to make sure you’re screening the potential red flags in future employees.
Some are obvious, and some you may need to dig a little deeper into the psychology behind. Nonetheless, here’s our specialised list of interview red flags:
1. Lack of eye contact
When candidates fail to maintain eye contact and consistently look down, it can indicate confidence issues. This could mean they won’t be able to drive processes or they have something underlying to hide.
2. Suspicious work history
It’s important that when you’re interviewing you ask the candidate to review work history, and explain any gaps or un-commonalities listed on their CV.
3. Inconsistent career path
If candidates’ CV’s show multiple career path changes, it could mean they get bored quickly and will grow tired of the routine aspects of the job. Again, it’s good to ask the candidate to address this.
4. Leaving jobs due to disagreements
Candidates who have a history of leaving companies because they don’t agree with managers tend to carry this behaviour into future roles. Additionally, any obvious bad-mouthing of another company is an ultimate red flag. “We don’t expect candidates to like all of their previous companies or managers, but they should keep the complaints to a minimum and keep it professional while interviewing.” Dani Bird, Recruitment Outplacement Specialist.
5. Arriving late
A candidate arriving late to an interview can be a strong indication of their time management skills, rather, lack of.
6. Missing home addresses
Candidates who fail to include an address on their CV may currently live out of the area. They’ll omit their address so that hiring managers don’t immediately rule them out. If hired, their start date could be delayed, as they probably won’t begin planning their move to the location until the position is confirmed.
7. Missing interviews
Candidates who continuously reschedule or miss interviews may be unreliable and disorganised. It also shows a lack of interest in the job itself.
8. Not asking questions
If you’re the one dishing out all the questions, it could be a sign of lack of ambition in the candidate. This again can generate signs of disinterest in the role, or a large confidence issue.
9. Inappropriate language
If your candidate uses foul language in an interview, it’s an extreme red flag. Not only does this show their lack of respect for the company, but if they can swear in this scenario, imagine where else they’d do so?
10. Arrives unprepared
If you’ve stated the resources needed for interview (copy of CV, ID etc.) and the candidate fails to bring them, this is a big sign of lack of organisation.
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