Hiring is hard, so it is important that you don’t make snap judgments or hire someone on the spot when you have a gut feeling about how they’re perfect. There are several things that should be taken into consideration, including some red flags that can let you know when a candidate isn’t the right fit for you. Before you make a job offer, consider if any of your applicants are guilty of these items of concern. If so, it may be time to walk away and consider an alternative.
Someone with All the Answers and a Habit of Interrupting
It can be frustrating to try to have a conversation when the other person won’t even let you finish a thought without responding. When a candidate does that, it can be a sign of a lot of negative behaviors. First, they may not think through a problem enough before tackling it, resulting in incorrect assumptions. Second, they don’t have respect for other’s thoughts and ideas and aren’t willing to collaborate. And finally, it may actually be a sign that they are truly unprepared and talking over someone is the only way they can exert their will in the conversation.
Someone Who Can’t Explain Why They Have a Gap in Their Resume
Resume gaps are not the actual problem when it comes to hiring someone who has experienced times of unemployment. The real issue is when a candidate can’t explain what happened, why they were out of work, and what they were doing during that time. If they avoid the question or distract you from finding out details, this may be a red flag. If they can’t tell you they were doing something productive during their down time, such as volunteering or caring for a family member, there may be some concerns. Also, if use this as a chance to complain about their former employer, it is time to move on to the next candidate.
Someone Who Demonstrates Core Values that Don’t Fit Your Mission
Core values are highly personal. Your company has them inherent in your mission statement and strives to meet them every day. It is part of your customer service plan, your HR strategy, and your daily interactions. So hiring for a match in values is extremely important. If the candidate demonstrates core values, for better or worse, that are vastly different from your own or your company’s, it will not be a good long-term fit. Even if their skills are perfect and you like them as a person, that innate personality trait will make it difficult for them to integrate into your corporation.