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  • Warning Signs of a Bad Candidate

    shutterstock_206262628Hiring the wrong candidate can cost the employer time, energy and money. Therefore, employers should be careful when assessing the candidates for the job. As an employer, you should not only look if the candidate’s skills and experience is a good fit for the job but also watch out his/her manners during the interview. If you see the below attitudes throughout the interview process, chances are that s/he is the wrong candidate for your company.

    • Showing up Late: Arriving late to an interview is not a good first impression and every responsible candidate knows that interviews are all about first impressions. For this reason, if a candidate arrives late to an interview, most probably s/he is either irresponsible or has poor time management skills. Certainly, there may be times where unexpected circumstances may occur and the candidate may be late but in this situation, at least s/he needs to call and inform in advance.
    • Has Not Researched the Company: If a candidate comes without any research about your company even though the interview is arranged previously, then probably s/he is not serious about this position. When asked “Why do you want to work here?” as an employer you should expect a clear answer. Instead, if the candidate looks at you with a blank impression, then, it is best to end the interview at that point because this candidate is not the right fit for your organization.
    • Isn’t a Team Player or Is Arrogant: If you want to know which types of roles s/he plays in a team but s/he answers only his/her side of the story and achievements and not any team element, then this raises a red flag that this person may not be a team player at all. Arrogance or being ego-centric can create problems in the workplace. It can also prevent all of the team members working in harmony. Who wants to hire someone that only thinks themselves in every situation and not the benefit of the majority? Therefore, think twice if you are interviewing with an arrogant candidate.
    • Talking about What S/he doesn’t Like in a Job: Well, nobody likes making photocopies or bringing coffee to all coworkers from the coffee shop in the corner. Still, we all do these tasks sometimes. If a candidate tells you in the interview that s/he has things that s/he doesn’t want to do in a job, then this means that this person is not cooperative and in the future may also refuse to do things the job requires.
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    Ceren Cubukcu is a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States. She recently founded her consulting business to help more international students find jobs in the US in addition to her self-service digital event ticketing platform, Etkinlik Fabrikam (My Event Factory), to offer her webinars. You can follow her via Facebook or contact her via www.cerencubukcu.com/contact .

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