Although a candidate may submit a top-notch resume, there may be less substance than what appears to on paper. Therefore, pay close attention during the interview to determine whether a candidate is all they seem to be. Here are four ways to spot a bad candidate with a great resume.
Talking About Only Him-/Herself
When you ask about the candidate’s career goals, they don’t mention the name of a successful person they admire. When you ask the candidate about how their previous work experience led them to where they are now, they don’t mention receiving help from a colleague, boss, client, or anyone else.
Taking Credit for Everything Positive
The candidate may mention collaborating with team members, but they take all the credit for achieving desired outcomes. Also, the candidate most likely claims others’ ideas as their own and talks as though any success is the result of only the candidate’s hard work.
Not Discussing Weaknesses
The candidate lacks insight into or accountability for their actions. When you ask about a bad decision they made during their career, they don’t acknowledge any wrongdoing or admit their actions resulted in adverse outcomes. Also, they can’t explain how they learned from their mistakes because they won’t admit to making any. Because the candidate lacks self-awareness, they’ll continue making the same or bigger mistakes rather than learning from their experience and correcting their behavior.
The candidate may be late for the interview and fail to notify or apologize to the hiring manager. They may know nothing about your company or what the position entails because they didn’t perform their research prior to the interview. In addition, the candidate may answer a question in an inappropriate manner, such as speaking negatively about a previous employer or fail to display polite, mature, composed actions before, during, or after the interview.
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