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Hiring Red Flags

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Feb 19, 2014


One of the biggest concerns for hiring managers is making the best decisions on potential employees. Here are some big red flags all hiring managers should consider when hiring an employee.


The initial most important factor to consider when hiring a new employee is the one which is right before your face - the interview. Potential employees may or may not make a good first impression. If you have scheduled a phone interview but you can’t get your potential employee on the phone, that’s a red flag. If you have them on the phone but they appear unready for the interview, that could also be a bad sign. The most ideal way to size up a potential employee is an in person interview. See how they present themselves, see if they are on time and see if there is anything else about the way they speak which runs against the way you envision your employees behaving.


Another red flag in the hiring process is a chaotic looking resume. Maybe you see a resume with short stints at a variety of different locations. Does that mean your prospective employee isn’t very big on commitment? Maybe the resume is littered with typos, is poorly written, or does not include all of the things you should think would be on a resume. If the resume has no phone numbers, contact information, dates, addresses, or names of former employers or references, that is a big red flag to take into consideration.

Sixth Sense

Another component of employee hiring, and something which cannot be understated, is the sixth sense you may have about an employee. It could be something “off” or something you can’t identify but it is something which can’t be ignored. If you really can’t find anything awry in a potential employee but something still doesn’t sit right, one way to gain reassurance or validation is to have another person in your office interview this person. See if they get the same feeling.

Mitigating Risk with Your Background Check

One of the big ways many companies are able to wean out bad apples from their employee search is through the use of  employee background check programs. Some employers, however, are unsure of what they need to look for in employee background checks. This is where VeriFirst can help.

During a VeriFirst employee background check, we look at the following criteria:

  • Identity - including verification, social security trace and address history
  • Criminal searches - including national, county, state, federal and international
  • Verification - including employment, education, drivers license and professional license
  • Financial history - credit report history and summary
  • Substance Abuse - drug screening

Red flags during an employee background check can be everywhere or can be deftly hidden. However, it is your responsibility as an employer to make sure you tap into all of the potential conflicts and leave no stone unturned before offering a position to potential employees.



Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting