6 Interview Warning Signs That Tell You NOT to Hire Someone

6 Interview Warning Signs That Tell You NOT to Hire Someone
From Recruiter - January 24, 2017

What is the hardest thing about being a small business owner?

For many, the answer is hiring. In fact, according tothe nonprofit association SCORE, 42 percent of small business owners in 2015 said their biggest challenge was hiring new employees.

The problem isnt a lack of talented or experienced people. There are a lot of great candidates out there and many ways to find them. The issue is that most employers do not know what to do with those qualified applicants.

Lets walk through a typical hiring scenario that many employers face:

You spend a lot of money and time recruiting and interviewing for anopen position. Your first instinct is to hire anyone with a pulse because work is piling up and things are not getting done. However, you also know that hiring the wrong person will be a temporary fix to a permanent problem. So, you patiently interview and feel out many qualified applicants.

(By the way, when I say interview, I mean it the way most people think of it: waiting until 10 minutes before meeting a candidate before searching for a list of good questions to ask and printing out their resume as they walk through the door.)

During the craziness of the interviewprocess, you encounter the perfect applicant. They meet all of the qualifications you need(and more), they are within range of the starting salary, and they are professional and pleasant.

You hit the jackpot on this one! You feel so accomplished because you have the bestest new employeeever! You got so lucky!

The first day rolls around, and the employee shows up to work ready to go. They go through the traditional office walkthrough, exchange some small talk, and joke about not being able to remember everyones names or learning who makes the best food when the company holds potlucks. Then they make their way to their desk. You help them understand procedures and start handing over some work. This should be a smooth transition.

Except that it isnt. Its actually nothing like whatyou expected at all. The employee takes a little longer than you thought to get work done, and that work seems to be completed by an amateur. After a few weeks of the same results, you pull the employee into your office. After a long discussion, you find out the truth: The person has no idea what they are doing and thought they could catch on before anyone noticed. They fudged their knowledge base and were hoping to get a second chance.

That is a pretty typical example of how applicants can game the system and trick you into thinking they are better than they really are. Are applicants evil? Absolutely not. In most cases, they are simply desperate to work and will tell you anything to get the job.

Does this scenario sound familiar? It happens much more than you might think. So, how can you avoid it and hiring the right person every time?

Well, you cant. But you can minimize the number of times you have to hire for a position. This may not seem like much, but its actually huge. It is frustrating and costly to hire for the same position over and over again because people leave as soon as they are placed.

To help you make better decisions about whom to hire, I offer sixthings to look out for wheninterviewingpotentialemployees.

Keep in mind that hiring is both an art and a science. It is an art because it is always changing and a science because, whendone properly, you can predict someones success within your organization.

With the right hiring process for your company in place, you can minimize the chances of hiring an employee whoturns out not to be a good fit.

Warning Signs

1. Something Doesnt Seem Right

As you talk with the candidate, things just dont seem to add up. Their stories dont match up to their resume. They are hesitant to say things and keep stopping themselves mid-sentence or rephrasing things.

Maybe their body language doesnt match their speech. Maybe they say that they like working with people, but they are sitting in a closed position with their arms and legs crossed in the chair farthest away from you. People who are good atdeveloping relationships are inviting and comfortable when getting to know you.

If they talk about enthusiasm but then mentionthey hit the snooze button for an hour before waking up, thats contradictory information. Or maybe they talk about the importance of time but show up late to an interview.

These are all examples of hearing one thing but seeing another. If you are uneasy about a person and you cant quite put your finger on it, this is probablywhy.

2. They Tell You Too Much

Lets say you ask the question Why do you want to leave your current employer? The candidate answers you by talking about some skeletons that should remain in the closet.


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