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Hiring Red Flags

“It’s a match” (Is it?)

When you are hiring for a remote team, it is a little more difficult to spot red flags. So, how do you spot hiring red flags in a virtual interview?

Let’s just say, they start before you even log into Zoom. 

  1. They treat your VA poorly. If your VA (virtual assistant) tells you this person was being difficult or unkind. Red Flag! When someone treats upper management better, they are saying they don’t value people. They only value authority. This may be the biggest red flag of them all. 
  2. Does not offer any details about previous experience. When you ask them direct questions about a previous job and they give you no details, this could be a red flag. If nothing else, it’s worth diving deeper just to be sure it’s not. Ask for more information about their experience at their previous job(s). Often times a candidate may share their experience with what they learned and how they grew. A short response with no detail could be a red flag.
  3. Background decor. People go on live television with various objects decorating their bookshelves. Don’t act absentminded of what is in your view. Pay attention because the candidate is telling you who they are with these subtle clues. This can be a benefit just as easily as it can be a red flag.
  4. Upfront demands. First interviews are for getting more details about candidates and the position. It is a red flag if they say they require their birthday off and a paid trip to Fiji for their health. I love to travel as much as anyone else, but these demands would be a red flag of a what a candidate would expect ongoing as an employee or contractor.
  5. Did not do any homework on the company. A new hire costs over $15,000 (not including their compensation package if they don’t stay). The candidates must know who they are trying to work for. It makes for a better interview, and it also shows you that they are in it for more than a paycheck. This is especially important for a position that requires customer service. 

How do you feel? Are you rethinking any of your old hiring decisions? 

The most important thing to remember is that hiring takes time. In fact, 30% of hiring managers say they made a bad hiring decision because they felt pressured to fill a role quickly.  Sound familiar?

Don’t make the same mistake. Instead, ask your hiring questions below and I’ll help!

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