Hiring the right person isn’t always as straight forward as looking at a resume and determining if the individual has adequate experience and skills. Much can be gleaned from observing how candidates carry themselves and what comes out of their mouths. If it doesn’t sit right with you from the beginning, chances are the candidate isn’t a fit for your company. As you proctor the interview, keep an eye out for candidates who do the following.
Complains Too Much
You want an employee with a good attitude, and a candidate who finds a reason to complain during a short, 10-minute interview is sure to complain about plenty of things in the workplace. Complaining about anything from the crowded parking lot to the lack of vending machines is a sign of immaturity that you don’t want on your team.
Furthermore, beware of candidates who consistently address things they don’t want to do in a job, which only showcases their lack of dedication. Good candidates will do just the opposite. With a professional smile and a can-do attitude, they’ll be willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
Brings Nothing to the Interview
Serious candidates will almost always come prepared with at least a copy of their resume for the employer, regardless of whether or not they end up needing it. Those who show up empty-handed are only paving the way for unpreparedness in the future.
Though a candidate lugging around a packed briefcase is a little much, those carrying a plain, crisp folder with a resume, references, and a blank piece of paper for note taking shows the perfect level of preparation. It saves your from searching through endless emails to find the candidate’s resume.
Asks for Directions
It may seem like a strange piece of advice, but be wary of applicants who ask for directions. This indicates that they don’t have the problem-solving knack necessary for filling any position successfully. Besides, with today’s technology, no one should need to ask for directions.
Fails to Dress Professionally
Nothing screams, “Don’t hire me!” like a contender who doesn’t dress for the occasion. Even if the dress code for the position is casual, that doesn’t mean the dress code for the interview should be. Those who dress professionally for the interview, no matter the occasion, show their dedication and interest in the job, letting you know they’re taking you seriously.
Shows No Persistence
Though you obviously don’t want your candidate to be a stalker who is constantly calling to check in on their current application status, applicants should check in every now and then, whether to send a thank you note for the interview or to let the company know that they’re still interested.
A candidate who fails to do any of this is probably not worth your time. Their lack of interaction with your company before and after the interview shows their lack of interest in the position.
Shows Arrogant Tendencies
Confidence is a dream come true in an interview. It shows that candidates are comfortable with their abilities and can stay cool in sticky situations. But arrogance is nothing short of a turn off. If the applicant can’t stop talking about his strengths and speaks condescendingly of others’ work, you know he’s a little too full of himself, and it’s no fun having an arrogant jerk on your workforce.
Didn’t Research Your Company
You can probably relate to this one. You ask the applicant what they know about your company, and they give you a generic answer, or worse, don’t know anything at all. This is just another sign of irresponsible preparation for the interview.
You want employees who are excited about the job, your company, and have discovered everything they can beforehand. Though you can’t expect them to be experts, you can and should expect them to answer simple questions with detail, such as “What do you think the mission of our company is?” or “Who is our client base and how do you intend to reach out to them?”
Arrives Late or Just Barely On Time
Punctuality is and always will be a sign of maturity and dedication. Applicants who don’t show much interest in being on time to the interview won’t show much interest in being on time to work.
Decent employees will get there right on time. Great employees will get there a few minutes early, and excellent employees who are excited about your company and the position in question will arrive 10-15 minutes early, using that time to review their notes.
Uses Vulgar Speech
Candidates should always reserve the use of vulgar language for their personal life. A string of swear words in an interview not only shows a lack of intelligence, but also a poor sense of decorum and etiquette. How embarrassing would it be to put that person in front of your clients during a major business proposal?
The kind of employees you want will broaden their vocabulary to include professional sentences and terminology. They’ll also know the appropriate place for more colorful language.
Has Poor Phone Etiquette
It’s sad that we even need to address this no-brainer, but with technology being so accessible, you’ll likely see a candidate or two with poor phone etiquette. Candidates should power off their cell phones, or at the very least, put them on silent. Serious candidates won’t even bring their phones into the room, let alone check a text message during the interview. If you see or hear a cell phone in an interview, you might as well end it there.
Talks Too Much
Great interviewees will treat their interviewers with respect by giving concise, but personable answers. Those who drone on and on about their strengths or their interest in your company are trying a little too hard.
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