Hiring new employees for your small business can be risky. The financial and opportunity costs of hiring the wrong person for a key role are steep. To streamline your hiring process, here are some red flags to watch for throughout the hiring process.
1. Lack of Preparation
If the candidate doesn’t seem to know what the job is about, or doesn’t seem to care, this is bad news. Most likely, the individual saw your job posting somewhere and thought, “Heck, why not,” and then showed up for the interview. You don’t want to hire somebody who will do a flimsy job because he or she isn’t passionate about your company’s mission. In a small business setting, every new hire directly impacts the company culture and morale. Hire somebody who cares enough about the position to be prepared and to take the interview seriously.
Somebody who talks in circles or avoids your questions will likely show similar behavior in the workplace. You want to hire people who can think on their feet and communicate their responses concisely and clearly. Vagueness and hesitation also just come across as dishonesty, which you also want to avoid in the workplace.
3. No Achievement
Hire people who have a strong track record of achievements. This way, you know for a fact that the individual you hire will demonstrate the same diligence and work ethic at your small business. But of course, there is a first time for everything—what about newly graduated individuals who demonstrate strong qualities but haven’t yet had the chance to develop a track record? Offer entry-level positions or internships to five inexperienced people a chance to build their track records at your company. This way, you can mold them into successful individuals who might, in a few years, end up having a great impact on your company’s success.
4. Lack of Accountability
Did the candidate show up late to the interview? Did he or she forget to send you the documents or the references that were promised? If this kind of behavior is already evident in the hiring stage, it is likely that this individual may show this same lack of reliability in the workplace. In the fast-paced business world, accountability is key.