Expert Approved Interview Tips: Is Your Candidate Waving These 6 Red Flags?

It’s happened to all of us, a new boss who micromanages, a new coworker who takes credit for your work, or the recent hire with a chip on their shoulder. So how can we escape the financial loss and reduced productivity & negative employee morale a bad hire brings with it? Here are the warning signs so you can dodge candidates who fly these red flags during interviews.

Doesn’t Make Eye Contact

When you meet with your administrative candidate regarding your opening, don’t allow what is on the resume distract you from what you see in person. Any candidate who is excellent at what they do and passionate about their profession should be engaged enough in the interview to make consistent eye contact (even if they are shy or won’t need strong verbal communication skills to do the job).

Unprofessional Actions

Suppose a candidate doesn’t act and present themselves professionally. In that case, they may have a toxic attitude that is not conducive to a positive workplace. Also, watch for candidates who degrade their previous employers or coworkers. This is a major red flag for terrible employees.

Resume Errors

Be picky and pay close attention to detail when reviewing resumes. A resume error is an easy red flag to spot when weeding out poor hires.

Doesn’t Ask Questions

Premium candidates will ask questions about their job duties, the company, and the manager. Any candidate who’d accept a job without asking questions is desperate and will take any job they can find.

Lacks Specific Examples

Candidates who fumble when referencing specific examples of relevant experience are waving a big red flag.


We understand it tempts you to hire the highly-skilled accounting professional you are interviewing. She has tons of experience handling massive budgets and creating great returns year after year. The problem is she hasn’t stayed in one place for long. You will invest money and energy into this one acquisition, only for her to move on to bigger and better things in less than a year. Instead, invest in candidates who will invest in your company for long-term success.

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According to the Department of Labor, the average cost of a bad hire is 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings. Focus can help you avoid these interview pitfalls and find your next premium hire. Click here to contact Focus or call 770-937-0410 today.
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