Five candidate red flags you should be paying attention to
Friday, 5th July 2019 at 5:01 pm
When you’re dealing with hundreds of applications for a job, you need to pay special attention to any signs you’re about to hire a dodgy candidate. So we asked Shane O’Donohue, people and culture expert at SD Talent, to break down her top red flags.
- Short stints
A definite red flag is someone who has been in lots of jobs for a short amount of time. If it’s because of contract work, then that can be explained. If that’s not the case, I don’t think it’s a reason to strike the candidate completely, you just might need to go in and ask some more questions.
- “I didn’t get along with the boss”
Reasons for leaving are not always apparent, so you need to ask. A common response is that they didn’t get along with the boss. Again, I wouldn’t say this means the candidate is a no-go zone, because as a recruiter you need to understand the nature and the culture of the said organisation. Checking with references can really help on this one.
- “I left because of changes in the organisation”
My concern here is about how flexible this person is and how well they’re able to be managed. Do they need a lot of freedom, or can they adapt to changes that are put in front of them? Flexibility to adapt to a new work environment is important.
- “Can you tell me about the job?”
When a candidate rings to ask if I can tell them about the job, then that’s a problem. Ringing with a specific question shows me they’ve got an interrogative mind, but making me guess what they don’t understand about the job ad is a waste of time.
- They are unwilling to do a video interview
In my style of recruiting, I always conduct a video interview as the second stage of the recruiting process. There have been a few occasions where people have declined to do a video interview. The red flags that raises for me are that they don’t have a lot of confidence using a simple computer program, that they aren’t flexible in approaching new challenges and that they aren’t prepared to answer questions.