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.
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:
- Applied for multiple job openings
- Sent in a generic resume
- Bad attitude
- Lack long term career goals
- Unable to follow job application directions
- Don’t ask any questions during the job interview
- Seem unprepared and did not do their research
- Showed up late
- Not able to supply references
- Poor communication skills
- Hard to contact
- Better internal hire options
- Poor references
- Under or over qualified
- Inappropriate wardrobe selection at interview
- Appear desperate for a job
- Unable to listen
- Treat you differently than other people
- Make unrealistic salary/pay demands
- Lack of enthusiasm
- 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.
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.