Ever been sat in an interview and instantly thought: ‘this person is a definite no!’ Well you’re not alone. Many interviewers are confident that they’re about to meet the employee of their dreams, only to be left feeling disappointed within minutes of commencing the interview. Regardless of age, level of experience or education, some people are always triumphant in sabotaging their interviews. Below are some clear cut indicators of a bad candidate:
When conducting an interview one of the first things you should assess are the time-keeping abilities of the candidate. Candidates are tested on their time-keeping skills before anything else, and, unless they have a perfectly legitimate excuse for being late, this person should not be hired. Being late for an interview says the candidate is disorganised and apathetic about giving a good impression.
Job interviews should never be too long, particularly during round one. However there are times when you struggle to find a way to steer the conversation back to its point, especially if you have a candidate before you that talks far too much. But the content of their words is also important. Does the candidate talk badly about a previous employer? If so, steer clear, because this person will wind up being incredibly difficult to deal with.
Many candidates over-compensate for their latesness or inexperinence by making downright ridiculous statements. Whether it is about their level of success or about the numbers they generated, it is important to filter out the exaggeration to get a clear cut impression. Is the candidate making outlandish claims that you know they won’t be able to keep? Maybe it is time to close the interview!
Not my fault attitude
Always be sure to ask the candidate difficult questions, such as: Can you think of a time when you made a mistake in the workplace?’ Everybody makes mistakes, so if the candidate is unable to think of an example, then they will never be able to take the blame for mistakes when hired. Employ someone who is able to recognise mistakes and grow from them, rather than someone who shifts blames and has a defensive attitude.