When it comes to recruitment the best decision-making tool everyone has is their gut instinct. When you are reading the resume of someone who looks like the ‘perfect’ candidate, how can you know they are suitable? Below we articulate some reasons why you will feel hesitant to hire.

According to Forbes Magazine there are six reasons to avoid a decision to hire.

1. The candidate doesn’t know what they want from their career.

How can you expect them to help your company grow and thrive if their own professional life is unclear to them?

2. They don’t research the company or the position they are applying for.

There is nothing more frustrating than interviewing a candidate who has no idea about the position or company. For a candidate to show that they want to work with you, they should know what you and your company stand for.

3. They are not curious.

An excited candidate who is keen on the position will have a couple of questions prepared to ask you in the interview. Questions may include: ‘why is this position available?’ or ‘what are your company values?’

4. They are unable to provide you with references.

If you find yourself in this position alarm bells will start ringing. A reference doesn’t need to be from a direct supervisor—it could be from a colleague or a member of another team.

5. They don’t treat your receptionist or other staff members well.

This is a major red flag! It shows how the candidate will treat people when a manager or supervisor is not around. Bear in mind the culture of your workplace—by adding one bad apple you could sour the whole company.

6. You can’t get hold of them when you need to.

Last but not least, if you cannot get in contact with the candidate through the recruitment process – or if they don’t return your calls – avoid the trouble.

This is the candidate’s opportunity to give a good first impression. If they are not returning your calls, then they are giving a bad one.

Recruiting a new person is a little like playing chess—it is about making the right moves at the right time.

Follow your gut instinct and keep in mind the above six reasons not to hire someone. You will be on your way to hiring the right person every time.

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