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How to Spot a Bad Candidate so They Do Not Become a Bad Hire

It can be difficult to spot a bad candidate during a job interview. Companies that make the mistake of hiring unmotivated and dysfunctional employees have to eventually pay for it in a myriad of ways. Hiring is never an easy task, but there are ways to spot potentially bad hires. During your next set of interviews, look for the following red flags if you want to weed out the best from the rest.

Frequent Complaints About Previous Employers

Very few companies want to hire an employee who complains about their previous employers – and for good reason. When a person constantly complains about their past jobs or managers, they could have a penchant for shirking responsibility and blaming others for their mishaps. This refusal to take responsibility can be especially apparent if they refuse to address their role in any of the situations they mention.  


The majority of people understand the importance of timeliness, and when a candidate is late for an interview, you may want to consider hiring someone else. Lateness can be a sign of a candidate’s:  

• Lack of respect for others’ time and energy  

• Inability to budget time and plan

• Unprofessionalism

• Lack of interest in the job

If someone is late for a job interview and they refuse to give prior notification, it may be best to pursue another candidate.

Bad Attitude

Let’s face it – no one wants to work with a bad attitude. This is especially true in the business world. If an employee doesn’t seem to be very “thrilled” about the interview or job at hand, they probably won’t work out. Life’s minor inconveniences can be frustrating, but when this frustration spills over into the workplace, problems can occur. Never hire a candidate with a bad attitude.  

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