Hiring a new employee is something that must be done thoughtfully. The cost of hiring the wrong person for the job can be surprisingly high, both in terms of lost productivity but also lost time in having the right person in the role. That’s why it is so critical to spot those warning signs in the interview phase of hiring. Here are several things to keep an eye out for to help you weed out the bad hires before they sit down for their first day on the job.

Warning Sign #1: A History of Short Term Employment

While a work history with many different employers doesn’t necessarily mean your candidate is a job hopper, it does warrant a question or two in the interview stage of a candidate’s application. If, for example, the candidate was working several temporary contracts to build experience, that’s a very legitimate reason and one that will probably prepare them better for working for you. If they come out and say that they left each job for more competitive pay or didn’t like their coworkers or something similar, it’s worth thinking about how their departure might impact your overall team.

Warning Sign #2: This Is Not Their Dream Job

When talking with a candidate during an interview, ask them what they are passionate about. What makes them get out of bed each day eager to take on new challenges and make a difference in the world? If it’s not something related to the job they are applying for, chances are they might not be a long term employee. Work is an intensive investment for everyone. If it sounds like they would be bored or distracted on the job, they likely won’t be a great fit for the long term.

Warning Sign #3: A History of Contention At Work

If your candidate speaks poorly about former managers and coworkers, that could be another red flag that they are a serial job hopper. Of course, everyone has other people they don’t get along with at work. Still, the reality of a team environment requires a little give and take to ensure collaboration and communication are flowing smoothly. If it’s clear, they have a hard time getting along with others, that is certainly worth taking into consideration as you evaluate their application. If hired, they are highly likely to bring their issues along for the ride.

Warning Sign #4: They Only Talk About Themselves

Even worse than speaking poorly about former coworkers is speaking solely about themselves in an interview. Every great team member can see how they are part of a more significant effort. Their ability to work with your team will determine whether they are as impactful as they say they are. Watch out for the tendency to take credit for everything good that was done on their last team, and a resistance to taking ownership of mistakes and inability to see where they could have learned valuable lessons from failures.

Find the Right Hire

For more advice on how to find and hire the right person for the greatest impact in your open roles, connect with the recruiters at Williams today.

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