Red Flags for Hiring Managers to Consider

Picking the right candidate is like choosing a piece of fruit. The outer shell indicates what the flesh will be like. In employment, the stakes are higher than tossing a rotten apple in the trash. For business owners, every position is crucial to the company’s growth and development. One mistake can cost an enterprise anywhere from five to seven figures, because of replacement and retraining expenses. This makes each search vital to business success. Here are three red flags to look for while interviewing candidates.

Repeat Performer

Hire a candidate with a good track record and a positive outlook. His or her past performance is a hint of future success or failure. Most people repeat the same behavior every year. If a hiring manager listens carefully during the interview, he may find that the candidate gives important clues about his or her work ethic. A bad experience with a previous employer, may indicate that the candidate will have a similar interaction with your firm. Likewise, if the candidate’s resume shows him moving between jobs every two years, don’t expect that he’ll stay with your firm for a decade.

Critical Words

Positive words about previous co-workers are an indication that the candidate appreciates his experiences. Alternatively, if a candidate says that the previous employer prevented him from receiving unemployment, it’s likely you’ll convince the unemployment office to side with your firm at the end of this employee’s tenure, if you hire him. A candidate who recounts negativity may draw the same experiences in your workplace.

Body Language

That doesn’t mean that every candidate will have a sunshine disposition. You have to determine which personalities fit with your company culture. Certainly, some hard-edged employees successfully accomplish quite a bit of work.
Body language may help an interviewer interpret the candidate’s personality, if he analyzes visual cues, such as slouching or leaning in the chair . This may indicate a lazy personality. Candidates who sit up straight and hold eye contact are more likely to work diligently.
Without training, most employees will continue to repeat critical words, challenging experiences, and bad behaviors. However, companies that have in-depth training programs may offer workers with the right talent and experience a chance to improve habits.

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