21 Reasons Not To Hire Someone

How would you describe the hiring process? Do words like difficult, challenging, or frustrating come to mind? There are no magic tricks for finding the perfect job applicant. The final hiring decision will ultimately lie in your hands. It’s up to you to choose wisely.
Job candidates waiting for job interview while holding question marks over face
How To Choose Between Two Equally Qualified Job Candidates

As an HR pro, it’s your job to sift and sort through resumes, scrutinize job applications, conduct job interviews, and narrow down the field of candidates until you pick the right person for the job. The reality of the situation is that not everyone’s going to land the job and it’s up to you to pick the winner. Are you ready to get picky?

Let’s take a look at a handful of reasons NOT to hire someone:

  1. Applied for multiple job openings
  2. Sent in a generic resume
  3. Bad attitude
  4. Lack long term career goals
  5. Unable to follow job application directions
  6. Don’t ask any questions during the job interview
  7. Seem unprepared and did not do their research
  8. Showed up late
  9. Not able to supply references
  10. Poor communication skills
  11. Hard to contact
  12. Better internal hire options
  13. Poor references
  14. Under or over qualified
  15. Inappropriate wardrobe selection at interview
  16. Appear desperate for a job
  17. Unable to listen
  18. Treat you differently than other people
  19. Make unrealistic salary/pay demands
  20. Lack of enthusiasm
  21. Irrelevant skills or experience

These reasons not to hire someone are not necessarily things you’ll pick up on in the job application, cover letter, or resume. Often you’ll notice these things in the job interview when you meet the candidate in person. It’s important to conduct quality job interviews because this is when you get to know the candidates and they will let their true colors shine.

How To Tell A Job Candidate They Didn’t Get The Job

By making human connections with qualified job candidates, you will really get to know them. Often the perfect candidate on paper will be a nightmare once they are in the office. If you make a bad hiring decision, it will be a super costly headache that you’ll have to deal with.

If you’re truly struggling with making a final hiring decision, get a second opinion. Never settle for a sub-par candidate. Be patient and eventually you’ll find the right person for the job.

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