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July 2018

Red Flags that You Made a Mistake Hiring Someone

Red Flags that You Made a Mistake Hiring Someone

Hiring the right person for your company can be tricky. It can be even trickier when you hired the wrong person and don’t know what to do.

Unfortunately, it might seem like a person is a great hire at first. But down the road, the truth comes out. Even if you think the person you hired is great, here are a few signs of a bad hire that you need to be on the lookout for.

They Don’t Have the Skills They Told You They Had

During their interview, you likely asked them if they could do specific things. For example, say you asked them if they are great with Microsoft Excel. If they said yes, but a few months into the job you notice they don’t know how to work the program, a red flag should raise in your mind. Some candidates will exaggerate their qualifications to make themselves look better in the interview. So do your best to thoroughly check out the candidate before you hire them.

They’re Always Late and Take a Lot of Time Off

Unless they’re genuinely sick or something is going on in their life, they really shouldn’t be late or calling off of work all the time. If you notice that they keep taking time off, sit down with them and have a discussion about what is making them decide to do so. If it just seems like they aren’t interested in their job or that they don’t want to be there, tell them they can leave or you’ll be stuck with someone unreliable.

They Keep You Up At Night

If this person is really bothering you to the point where you can’t sleep because you’re worried about their mistakes, they’re not a good hire. If going to work to face them is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning, do you think they’re making other people feel the same way? If you don’t see anything changing in the future, you might consider sitting down with your HR consultants to decide the next steps for your employee’s career.

A recent survey by Robert Half showed that 36% of 1,400 executives surveyed felt the top factor leading to a failed hire, aside from performance issues, is a poor skills match. The second most common reason, 30%, was unclear performance objectives. If you're having feelings that you hired the wrong person for the job, sit down with your human resources department to discuss next steps.