There can be a lot of pressure on you when you’re interviewing job candidates, especially if you’re having to replace a great employee. No matter what position you’re hiring for, you want to make sure you find a candidate that’s not only a good fit for the position but a good fit for your team and your company culture. There are a lot of good options to hire, but here are three people you might want to avoid…
The (too) quiet person: It’s not a crime to be a little shy (it’s def better than saying really dumb things), but when a candidate wants to make a good impression, it’s a good idea to have something to say. Look for the candidate who is delivering great answers and asking great questions. If someone really wants to fill your opening, they’ll be prepared with plenty to say.
The brown noser: When I was a kid, I used to love reruns of classic sit-coms like Leave it to Beaver. If you’re familiar with the show, then you probably remember Eddie Haskell. He was the guy who was a little sleazy but always turned on the fake charm whenever there were parents around. A job candidate who says exactly what they think you want to hear is definitely not the right person to join your team. It’s usually pretty easy to spot someone who’s faking it. Find someone who feels like a good fit and doesn’t seem deceptive.
The Negative Nancy: You would think that anyone interviewing for a job would try to have a positive outlook. For some, they see a job interview as an opportunity to complain about their current/previous workplace. If they have a legitimate reason to complain that may be one thing, but I’d bet they’re probably the type of person who’s going to look for the negative anywhere they work. Think about whether or not you want someone like that on your staff.