6 Red Flags To Spot In A Candidate During An Interview

You can tell the difference between a good employee and a bad one right from the beginning as it all gets clear during the interview. A smart employer or HR is the one who can recognize all the red flags that a candidate has during the interview as sometimes there are some candidates who make it obvious that all they care about are the benefits they’re getting and the salary.

So, here are some red flags that you should try to spot during an interview with a candidate.

1- Too Many Questions About The Benefits

Every candidate has the right to ask about the benefits but it gets suspicious when they ask too much about the salary, the number of days off, and sick leave.

It is normal for a candidate to ask about the rules so they can know the system and how they will be coping in the new work environment but there are some others who push their limits.
As an employer, you’d be able to tell who’s asking just to know the rules and who’s asking because they only care about the days off and flexibility. This type of employee cares only about what they can benefit from you not how they will benefit the company.

So, if you’re interviewing someone, take notice of how many times they asked about the benefits and you will know if it’s a red flag or not.


2- Too Many Gaps On The Resume

Unexplained gaps on the resume can be a red flag.

Sometimes too many gaps show that the candidate always hops from one job to another, which can raise questions about why they can’t keep a job.
So, what you need to do is ask them about the gaps and what happened at their last 2 or 3 jobs, their answer will reveal whether they can’t commit to a one job or not.


3- Talking Bad About Their Previous Company

It’s not a good sign when a candidate talks badly about their previous manager or company.

It is expected for a candidate not to like their former company and it’s probably the reason why they left but that doesn’t mean they are allowed to talk about it in the interview.
It’s a huge red flag if they talk badly about their previous manager or company as it shows they don’t respect the place they worked at.


4- Too Many Career Paths

When the career path is inconsistent, you have the right to be hesitant to hire them.

Shifting a career too many times shows how the candidate can be hesitant about what they want to learn, which means they can leave your company once they feel they don’t want this career anymore. This type of employees can cause a serious damage to your company’s system or workflow.

So, hiring a hesitant candidate who has too many career paths can harm your business.


5- Arriving Late Without Giving An Excuse

This shows that they don’t have respect for appointments and to you as an entity.

When a candidate informs you that they will be late, it’s a sign of professionalism and respect as it shows that they respect the place they want to work at and it shows they have respect for you as an employer or HR. When the opposite happens, it means that the candidate has 0 respect for appointments and it can reflect how they will behave at work.


6- Not Asking Questions

Every candidate has to have questions about the company and how they can benefit from it, but if they don’t ask any questions then it’s also a bad sign.

Asking questions shows that the candidate is interested in the company and had done their research about it. In fact, it is very known that people need to ask questions in the interview and they should come prepared.
Also, not asking questions can show a lack of ambition about the job as it is common that candidates always ask about the exact job description and the daily tasks.


You have to really pay attention of every little detail happen in the interview as it can tell you the type of employee you will be working with. 

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