Consider These Red Flags When Hiring a New Employee

by | Oct 25, 2023 | Background Screenings, Employer Solutions

Hiring a new employee can be a daunting task. You want to ensure that you make the best possible decision for your business and that the new employee will fit your company culture well. There are different things to consider when hiring, such as skills, experience, and attitude.

Background check is essential for new employees who are joining your company. It gives you insight into criminal records, potential drug use, legal issues, and past employment history.

It is up to the hiring manager to note any red flags they may encounter while interviewing and researching a potential employee.

Below is a list of the top red flags to watch out for when hiring any employee:

BAD BACKGROUND CHECK

A background check can reveal various issues, such as:

  • Criminal record: any major criminal convictions should be a red flag.
  • Drug use: if an applicant has been convicted of drug-related crimes or tested positive for drugs, this can indicate potential problems ahead.
  • Legal matters: If there is evidence that the applicant has been involved in legal matters, such as lawsuits or restraining orders, this can be a warning sign.
POOR REFERENCES

This can be a red flag if an applicant’s references are unsatisfactory or limited. Ask for more than just one reference and try to use unique references such as colleagues, former employers, and clients they have worked with. These references can provide insight into an applicant’s work ethic, attitude, and overall performance.

LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM OR POOR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

A job interview is the first test of an applicant’s interpersonal skills. Pay attention to how they present themselves and answer questions during the interview process. Do they show enthusiasm? Are they polite, humble, and courteous? Do they carry themselves with confidence or seem to lack self-assurance? The applicant’s lack of confidence or poor interpersonal skills could indicate a more significant problem.

MULTIPLE JOB APPLICATIONS

When an applicant is applying to multiple jobs simultaneously, it’s a red flag. While this may indicate an individual who is eager for work and willing to explore all options, it could also mean that the candidate is desperate for any job they can get. Be sure to ask why the potential employee has applied to multiple positions and try to determine if it is out of necessity or enthusiasm.

INABILITY TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW DIRECTION

When an applicant cannot listen and follow directions from the interviewer, it can be a sign that they may not have the ability to carry out tasks effectively. Ask questions throughout the interview process and carefully observe the responses to ensure that each applicant can understand and act on instructions.

UNPROFESSIONAL LOOK AND ATTITUDE

You want an employee who will represent your company in a positive light. Look for people who have dressed appropriately and carry themselves professionally. Their attitude should be welcoming, respectful, and enthusiastic about the job opportunity.

Total Reporting, powered by ARCpoint Labs, offers the best background screening for employers, with thorough investigations and reports to ensure the safety of your team. Our team of professionals provides you with the most comprehensive data available to make the best hiring decisions.

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