To an extent, hiring decisions are always a gamble. There’s no crystal ball you can use to predict a candidate’s success at your organization, but reading between the lines during the interview phase can make all the difference.

Since they’re just getting started in the workforce, entry-level candidates often commit a serious of glaring interview blunders, but experienced professionals should know better. The following five behaviors are serious red flags for mid-to-senior-level candidates, so think twice about hiring anyone who displays them.

  1. Offering Vague Responses to Work-Related Questions

When you ask a seasoned candidate to walk you through the process of completing a task they supposedly do every day or describe a time they felt overwhelmed at work, you expect a detailed response. However, if they give a generic answer or claim to never have been in a tight spot at work, something is up. They’re either not as qualified as you thought or they’re just plain lying.

  1. Complaining About Previous Employers

It doesn’t matter how awful it was to work for a mean boss or a stingy company, it’s never acceptable to mention anything negative about a current or former employer during an interview. If the person does this, feel certain they’ll eventually say the same about your organization during a future interview.

  1. Failing to Ask In-Depth Questions

They’ve spent at least a few years in the industry, so experienced candidates should be asking deep, intelligent questions during the interview. Beyond those relating to work hours and dress code, they should be asking about specific software, processes, and procedures used by your company. Truly interested candidates will want learn about things like upward mobility, if the position is newly created, and if not, why the previous employee left.

  1. Focusing Too Much on Compensation and Perks

Topics like salary, health insurance, and vacation days need to be discussed before a candidate accepts a job offer. However, they really shouldn’t be brought up during the interview unless you start the conversation. A job interview is the time for candidates to learn as much as possible about the position, so if they use it to inquire about a 401(k) match, this should highlight their priorities.

  1. Boasting About Multiple Job Offers

Top talent often receives multiple job offers, but this should be kept under wraps during the interview. If the person brags about all the interest they’re getting from other employers, they clearly have an ego that won’t fit on your team. They’re also probably not that passionate about the job at your company, because they’re clearly using the other offers as leverage to see who will offer the best compensation package.

Choosing the best automotive or engineering professional for the job is always essential, whether you’re filling a vice president or staff-level position. At JC Malone, we take great pride in finding quality candidates primed to succeed. Contact us today to discuss your hiring needs!

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