As is part of the job, when it comes to screening potential employees, hiring managers have seen it all. From candidates who flat-out lie, to serious attitudes, to laziness and even wardrobe malfunctions. The fact is, there are a number of red flags that every hiring manager should be able to recognize when it comes to weeding out the pack. Here are a few to look out for:
- Zero Knowledge of Your Company - If a candidate walks in without having done even the most basic research about your company, they’re showing that they’re not serious about the position.
- Bad Talking - Anyone who speaks badly about a previous manager or employer is no good for you. In addition to showing a complete lack in common sense, it may indicate that they have issues with authority or have problems getting along with other employees.
- Vacation Days - Candidates are obviously interested in learning more about company benefits, but, if the first question they ask is about how much time off they can get, that may be a sign of a weak work ethic.
- Can’t Provide Information Found on Resume - If a candidate is unable to provide details, examples or proof of work and claims that they provided on their resume, then they may have lied a bit about their abilities.
- Late to Interview - Showing up to an interview late is careless, rude and shows a complete lack of respect for the hiring manager’s time.
- Inappropriate Dress - Appearance really does matter, especially during first impressions. Remember, what you see is what you’re going to get.
- Poor Communication Skills - Though some nerves can be expected during an interview, if a candidate is unable to properly communicate and converse with you then they may be lacking the basic communicative skill needed for a given position.
You'll never know for sure about a candidate until they've actually come to join your team, but keep an eye out for these warning signs. They could save you significant time and money.