When conducting a candidate interview be it a phone screening or in person it’s important to look out for any red flags that the candidate may not be the right fit for the role at hand. Here are a few things to watch out for.
1. Turning up Inprepared
This could be something as simple as not bringing along a pen and paper to take notes, a copy of their CV or even forgetting to learn about the organization. By showing up unprepared this can be an indication that the candidate will approach the job in the same way.
2. Arriving late
This is an obvious error, but should not be overlooked unless there is an extenuating circumstance. If a candidate can’t make the effort to show up on time for a first meeting, why would they be expected to arrive on time for work?
3. Giving vague answers
A job interviews main purpose is to understand a candidate’s qualifications in greater detail. If they provide ambiguous responses to straight forward questioning technique’s, then they are either unable to express their thoughts coherently or they are trying to hide something. Both of which are not characteristics of a good future employee.
4. Not asking any questions
By not engaging in the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview it demonstrates a lack of interest or understanding of the job/organization, or a lack of preparation.
5. Poor Body language
Body language is an important component of our day to day interactions and should therefore be factored in when conducting an interview. If a candidate is leaning back in their chair, slouching or displaying any other forms of poor body language this could be a sign that they are not fully focused or perhaps lack confidence.
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