5 Red Flags an Employer Should Never Ignore During an Interview


What exactly stands out in a candidate interview? Is it their style? Their flair? Or their ability to fit well into the company culture? Perhaps it’s all of these things – but for the person responsible for selecting the right candidate for the job, the interviewing radar must go far beyond detecting basic qualities of a candidate.

While there are many signs that can safely be ignored during the interview process due to nervousness, here are 5 red-flags that should never be ignored:

The candidate shows up late or not at all. Granted there are situations beyond one’s control (hospitalization, getting lost on a sprawling campus, sudden death in the family, etc.). However, those instances are rare and usually warrant a courtesy call for being late. No call and no show is a clear a sign of disregard and disrespect for the opportunity and the interviewer’s time.

The qualifications on their resume don’t match up with their answers. A person who falsifies their qualifications has a higher chance of being dishonest in their work. Trust and dependability are everything, so don’t let this red flag fly.

Their enthusiasm is everything but present. There are some very good reasons why someone avoids showing enthusiasm. But in most cases, if a candidate doesn’t interact positively with a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile, they’re not truly enthused about the job. Often, a disengaged interviewee makes for a disengaged employee.

The candidate is disrespectful, arrogant or overly self-assured. The humble-brag is difficult to master, and a candidate always walks a fine line between being confident and being arrogant. That being said, a person who talks down to staff, is inconsiderate of space in the waiting room, or is busy texting instead of making a good impression, is seen as rude. In the interview, a red flag candidate tries to control the conversation by interrupting and consistently steering the conversation back to them.

The candidate speaks badly about their previous employer. Speaking poorly of a previous employers can imply a lack of responsibility for one’s actions and the inability to deal with difficult situations. Additionally, a complainer can bring down the morale of an entire department, so any bad-mouthing at all is a red flag that the candidate isn’t worth investing in.

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