Red Flags for Staffing Firms to Look For When Interviewing Candidates

There may be some red flags to look for when they are interviewing potential candidates for open positions by checking behavior. Interviewing job candidates can be fun. If it goes well, it’s an opportunity to get to know somebody, pick their brain, and understand their motivations. Any recruiter can tell you that every interview does not go well. There are many instances where these discussions raise more questions than answers.

Red Flags for Look For

If you’re talking to a candidate who displays several red flags to pay attention to when interviewing, you may wonder how to end the interview quickly. Consider the following four examples of red flags to be on the lookout for.

Speaking Negatively of Employer

One of the best tips for interviewing staffing firms is to pay attention to how a candidate speaks of former employers. It is likely a major red flag if they don’t hold back on the trash talk. Sometimes a candidate departs a job under less-than-ideal circumstances. However, even when this is the case, they should have the common sense not to speak ill of their past supervisors.

Talking About Prior Conflicts

If a candidate talks about prior conflicts with past colleagues and other work personnel, it should be cause for concern. You want to hire staff members who are respectful and committed to collaboration. If a candidate reveals that they did not get along with their prior coworkers, this may be a sign that they won’t get along in your workplace. In a worst-case scenario, an employee who engages in conflict could be a liability for your company, which could become an issue for your staffing business insurance.

Lack of Interest in the Job

Sometimes a candidate does not indicate that they will be a problem. Alternatively, they don’t suggest they will be an asset. An ideal candidate will do at least the bare minimum research on the job and company before attending an interview. Then, if a candidate shows up and they appear to be uninformed and uninterested, this is a major red flag. You don’t want a team full of apathetic people. Instead, look for candidates who are knowledgeable about the position they are interviewing for and excited about the opportunity.

Seemingly Combative Attitude

You might be surprised when you encounter candidates seemingly bent on sabotaging their own interview — but it happens. A candidate may approach the interview with an unpleasant, rude, or downright combative attitude. There are many reasons why this may occur, but regardless of the cause, it’s essential to weed these interviewees out of the candidate pool. Anybody who feels comfortable being combative in an interview will likely escalate this behavior once they start working. 

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