Interview Red Flags for Hiring Managers

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As a hiring manager you have most likely met candidates who didn’t interview smoothly.  That does not necessarily mean that they are wrong for the position, however.   But there are some key red flags that you should not overlook.   We have compiled a red flag list below for you keep in mind the next time you interview a candidate.


Trouble Following Directions

Directing your attention to a candidate’s ability to fulfill requests alerts you to one red flag. If a candidate is unable to fulfill requests, or do so in a timely manner, what can you expect from workplace performance? Likely more of the same.


The Late Arrival

Take note of late arrivals in correspondence as well as for the interview. The candidate may have too many obligations or be unconcerned about timeliness. Both are red flags.


Pay is Most Important

Focus on a candidate’s attention to compensation and benefits. Be concerned when questions focus exclusively on pay instead of the position.  You may be dealing with a someone who will just show up for the paycheck.


Lacking Professionalism

Watch for demeanor in dress, language, and communication incidentals such as handshakes and ability to follow non-verbal signs. Someone who is dressed down or not at all nuanced in signs of interview professionalism, warrants careful observation. The candidate may be inexperienced or apathetic.


Lack of Interview Questions

Expect a candidate to have informed questions during that portion of the interview. A lack of questions related to job specifics and next steps, indicates apathy or not being prepared.


Put this person at the top of your ‘do not hire’ list! This is the genuine bad apple presented in the opening paragraph. Nothing is ever right, even during an interview. Comments about past positions have a negative ring. This type of candidate, regardless of skills, is a drain on performance, goodwill, and finances.