Five Clear Signs You Really Shouldn’t Make That Job Offer

If I have learned anything at all in my HR/recruiting career, it’s that everyone has an opinion on what makes a good hire.

If you ask 100 people to give you one thing they focus on when deciding between candidates, you’ll get 100 different answers!

I’ve got some of my own. They might be slightly different than yours, but I know mine work!

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5 clues that you shouldn’t make that offer

So, if you want to make some better selections, take note of these, my young Padawans:

  1. Crinkled up money. Male or female if you pull money out of your pocket or purse and it’s crinkled up, you’ll be a bad hire! There is something fundamentally wrong with people who can’t keep their cash straight. The challenge you have is how do you get a candidate to show you this? Ask to copy their driver’s license, or something like that.
  2. Males with more selfies on their Instagram than all other photos. I don’t even have to explain this.
  3. Slow walkers.  If you don’t have some pep in your step, at least for the interview, you’re going to be drag as an employee.
  4. “My last employer was so awesome!” Yeah, that’s great — we aren’t them. Let’s put a little focus back to what we got going on right here, sparky. Putting too much emphasis on a job you love during the interview is annoying. We get it. It was a good gig. You f’d it up and can’t let go. Now we’ll have to listen about it for the next nine months until we fire you.
  5. Complaining or being rude to waitstaff. I like taking candidates to lunch or dinner just to see how they treat other people. I want servant leaders, not assholes, working for me. The meal interview is a great selection tool to weed out bad people.

What are your signs not to make an offer? Share in the comments!

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community ? so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.