Those statistics alone should make you want to take your hiring process a little more seriously and make your candidate selections more carefully. Here are some signs to look for during that process that could indicate you’re about to hire the wrong person.
Totally unprepared – Any candidate that you take the time to interview should have a reasonable knowledge of the company. The person who doesn’t take the time to research your company and the responsibilities of the position is likely to show the same type of dedication on the job.
Degrades past employers – The candidate who has nothing good to say about their former employers will bring that attitude into your workplace. No one enjoys working beside Mr. Negativity.
The loner – Unless the position for which you’re hiring calls for a person who works diligently without human interaction, be wary of the candidate who says they prefer to work by themselves. Teamwork is key to a successful business, and the person who can’t grasp that may not fit well into your system.
Easily distracted – If your candidate is having a hard time following your questions because they’re too busy surveying their surroundings, or, say, they whip out a cell phone, they obviously respect their own time more than yours. Move on.
Flawless – Ahh, the candidate who just can’t seem to think of a single lesson learned through a poor decision made at work, or the interviewee who explains all achievements they’ve made over the years they accomplished on their own. Signs of arrogance should be a huge red flag that bringing this person into your company would be the wrong decision.
Core differences – Make sure you’re upfront with your candidates about your company’s values. If there’s high importance placed on collaboration and the work environment is nearly always fast paced – explain that in straight forward terms. Ask each candidate how their work styles would align with that type of atmosphere. You should know based on each person’s answer if their values will support those of your company.
The hiring process can be lengthy and frustrating at times, but hiring the wrong candidate can take your frustration levels to new peaks. If your interviewee passes all the tests above, consider this: what is your gut feeling about the person? A candidate can look great on paper and even perform well during an interview, but if you have a feeling you just can’t shake that they still may not be the right fit, go with your gut. Keep in mind, if it’s time to bring in someone who knows your industry and can offer excellent candidate from which to choose, give Hoss Hire a call and place the hiring process responsibilities on us.