Attracting the best talent to your organization also involves looking for red flags. The wrong fit can waste hours of recruitment time, onboarding energy and focus. Worse, it can cost you money in hiring and onboarding costs. Fortunately, there are some red flags you can look out for at every stage of the application process to prevent this situation.
A candidate’s application is often your first point of contact. There are a few things you will want to look for:
Most candidates spend a lot of time on their resume. However, there are many points in a resume that could indicate a wrong fit:
Unfortunately, it is much more common than many business owners realize. It is important to verify credentials, past experiences and all facts on a resume to ensure nothing has been exaggerated or fabricated.
There are many legitimate reasons why someone might have gaps in employment. They may have been ill, caring for an elderly loved one or taking care of an infant. However, these gaps should be explained somewhere in the application or interview.
Resumes should have plenty of details, including duties, accomplishments, dates of employment and more. A very general resume simply does not show someone who is contributing and eager to make an impact.
Grammar and spelling errors suggest a rushed process or someone who has not carefully reviewed their application before sending it. In the workplace, this lack of attention to detail can be a drawback.
A resume padded with hobbies or one filled with work experiences that do not match the needs of the position you have open generally suggests a bad match.
A candidate should be making progress in their career, steadily moving toward more responsibility and leadership. While professional journeys sometimes take a meandering path, you should see evidence past employers trusted this worker and saw enough potential for promotion.
It’s a bad sign if the applicant is applying from their current employer. If they are using their current employer’s stationery or sending a resume during their workday, they are abusing their employer’s time and resources, which may mean they see nothing wrong with this behavior and may repeat it in your workplace.
A very generic resume that could be used to apply for any job could indicate an applicant is just mass-mailing their resume. This could mean they are not as excited about your position and may not be willing to bring 100% to the table.
There are many reasons why an overqualified applicant may apply for a job with lower pay and fewer responsibilities. They may want a break from more demanding positions or looking for any work in a specific region because they want to be close to family. In general, this is a red flag that could indicate a candidate intends to remain in the position for only a short time.
A candidate who jumps from job to job often and shows no sense of follow-through might not be committed to your position, either. In addition, an applicant who cannot list how they contributed to their position is often a red flag. You want someone who engages and adds to the job description.
Even if an application and resume are in good shape, there are some red flags during an interview to look out for. Even if a candidate seems like a good match, the impression they make in an interview may require a second look if you notice these signs:
Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters specializes in the supply chain and logistics discipline, helping you find top candidates for your organization. With one of the most far-reaching networks in the nation, we can bring you more qualified candidates fast. Contact us to find the right talent for your company’s future success.