4 Keys You Must Know to Start Hiring Smarter (Part 2)

Watch for Red Flags During the Interview

4 Keys You Must Know to Start Hiring Smarter (Part 1), reminds us that hiring is an ongoing process, and we need to be mindful of four keys to be successful. The first two keys to smart hiring are:

Pillar 1 Understand the Cost of Poor Hiring Decisions

Pillar 2 Learn Interview Basics

The next keys to smart hiring focus on paying attention to the personality traits of the candidate and determining whether the candidate is a good fit for the company’s culture.

3rd and 4th Keys to Smart Hiring

Pillar 3 Identify Red Flags

Potential employees reveal underlying characteristics in their personalities with specific behaviors during the interview. These “red flags” provide insight into their work ethic, level of interest and whether the individual can be a team player within the organization.

When interviewing look for these red flags:

  • Resume errors; shows lack of attention to detail and/or a candidate who rushes through tasks
  • Late for the interview; indicates issues with time management or lack of interest in the position
  • Unprofessional appearance; indicates a lazy disposition that does not take the opportunity seriously
  • Poor listening skills; shows inability to pay attention or lack of interest in the position
  • Talking too much; exposes inability to organize thoughts or demonstrate an understanding of the job
  • Use of inappropriate language; presents lack of respect for the interviewer, job and company
  • Does not ask questions about the position/job; indicates poor preparation skills or minimal interest in the position
  • Leaving previous position due to disagreements with supervisor or coworker(s) – signals an inability to work well with others or within a team environment
  • Background check issues; exposes dishonesty and questions qualification for the job

Next, determine if the person being interviewed is the right fit for the organization.

Pillar 4 Use the Hiring Process to Create a Positive Company Culture

Company culture is determined by all employees within the organization. It begins with hiring the whole person and not just what the person has accomplished on paper. Make sure the right person is hired by:

  • Thoroughly vetting the candidate before hire through references and a background check
  • Matching the candidate’s abilities and skill set to the specific needs of the position
  • Involving multiple interviewers in the hiring process for varying viewpoints and peer buy-in

Once the right people are in place, cohesive problem solving and team involvement opens the door to creative problem solving and success for the organization. Therefore, creating a positive company culture starts and ends with smart hiring. Remember, a good company is only as good as its employees.

Learn More About Smart Hiring with Timothy Dimoff

Timothy Dimoff knows the best practices when it comes to hiring the right people to foster a positive company culture. Contact Tim to schedule the Tim’s Talk 4 Keys to Smart Hiring for your organization today!

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