Interview Red Flags for Hiring Managers

As a hiring manager you have most likely met candidates who didn’t interview smoothly.  That does not necessarily mean that they are wrong for the position, however.   But there are some key red flags that you should not overlook.   We have compiled a red flag list below for you keep in mind the next time you interview a candidate.


Trouble Following Directions

Directing your attention to a candidate’s ability to fulfill requests alerts you to one red flag. If a candidate is unable to fulfill requests, or do so in a timely manner, what can you expect from workplace performance? Likely more of the same.


The Late Arrival

Take note of late arrivals in correspondence as well as for the interview. The candidate may have too many obligations or be unconcerned about timeliness. Both are red flags.


Pay is Most Important

Focus on a candidate’s attention to compensation and benefits. Be concerned when questions focus exclusively on pay instead of the position.  You may be dealing with a someone who will just show up for the paycheck.


Lacking Professionalism

Watch for demeanor in dress, language, and communication incidentals such as handshakes and ability to follow non-verbal signs. Someone who is dressed down or not at all nuanced in signs of interview professionalism, warrants careful observation. The candidate may be inexperienced or apathetic.


Lack of Interview Questions

Expect a candidate to have informed questions during that portion of the interview. A lack of questions related to job specifics and next steps, indicates apathy or not being prepared.


Put this person at the top of your ‘do not hire’ list! This is the genuine bad apple presented in the opening paragraph. Nothing is ever right, even during an interview. Comments about past positions have a negative ring. This type of candidate, regardless of skills, is a drain on performance, goodwill, and finances.



Never Do These Things After a Job Interview

So often we focus on how to participate in the perfect job interview and, while that is undoubtedly important, the follow-up is, too. If you’ve just had a stellar job interview and aren’t sure what you should (or shouldn’t) do, then you should certainly heed this advice. Here are a few things that you should absolutely never do after an interview.

Never Write Poorly Written Follow-Ups

Follow-up emails are important. It lets the employer know that you are serious about the position and grateful for their time. However, sometimes candidates make the mistake of writing a poorly written or generic email. If in doubt, have someone else do a read-over to make sure you’re leaving the right impression.

Never Quit Your Job Prematurely

Sometimes after an interview, you are on such a high of it going well that you assume you landed the position. However, this assumption can lead to rash decisions. Never quit your current job without first getting an offer for the new position. Even if your interview went well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the best fit for the job. Have a little patience and hold off on making big decisions until you are offered the position.

Never Send a Hateful Rejection Response

You won’t always land the position. If this happens, don’t let things get personal. Instead, simply thank the interviewer for their time and move forward with your job hunt. Sending a hateful rejection response will leave a lasting impression that could get around the industry. Keep it professional.  Plus, this may keep them from keeping your resume on file for the next opportunity.

Never Stop Interviewing

It may be tempting to key in on a single position. However, you should never stop interviewing for other opportunities. Keep your options open and additional  interviewing experience. You will likely learn more about the type of work you want to do as well as other interviewing strategies that you could use later. Essentially, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.


While it’s certainly essential to practice interviews, it’s also important to be aware of what you should do immediately following one. Keep this in mind, and you’ll likely have much more success on your job-hunting journey!

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