5 Tell-Tale Signs That Spell “Wrong Fit”

Apr 11, 2017


Small business employers often find themselves in a crunch during the hiring process. They either have to replace an employee with little notice and planning, or they’re burned out from interviews and wind up settling. Hiring the wrong fit costs the business time and resources, and ultimately they will just have to repeat the hiring process again.

Here are five tell-tale signs that help identify the wrong fit during the hiring process. Although it may seem like you’re exhausting time and resources finding a good fit, in the long term, it will be worth it.

1. Carelessness

Depending on the job, wearing a suit and tie to an interview may not be necessary, but you should still expect candidates to give a great first impression if they really want the job. A big warning sign that the candidate may not put in a 100% in a position is pure carelessness leading up to and during the interview. Carelessness can be characterized by the following:

  • Typos and errors on the resume, cover letter, and any email communication
  • Shoddy appearance; the work environment or interview may not call for a suit and tie, but the candidate should look clean and professional
  • Arriving late to the interview
  • Showing general disinterest during the interview, not asking clarifying questions or wanting to know more details about the job or business

2. Lack of job loyalty

It’s rare that you find applicants that were at a previous job for more than five years. In some jobs, it may not be more than two years.
However, seeing short spurts of employment requires an explanation. Was the previous employment on a contract-basis? Did a start-up business fold? If the applicant cannot demonstrate loyalty to a company without reason, it could be a warning sign that they may look for the next big thing after they start working.

3. Ambiguity

Does the job history make sense on the applicant’s resume? Look for dates to match up and for responsibilities to be outlined clearly. If the responsibilities are too vague, you’ll need to ask the applicant to be more specific. Candidates with solid work experience are normally very happy to discuss their career. If the applicant skirts around questions, they may have something to hide.

4. Colleague Disapproval

It’s always best to have other staff interview the applicant either in a group setting or one-on-one. You’ll want to get co-worker’s input on the applicant, especially if they will be working with him/her. If they aren’t impressed, that’s a warning sign that the applicant may not be the right fit for your business.

In addition, be curious as to how the applicant treats the rest of the staff. Is he or she rude to the front desk attendant? You want someone who will not only fit with your team, but with the business as well.


5. Failing to send an official Thank You

It may be a thing of the past to send handwritten Thank You notes to employers to show appreciation for the interview, but it’s essential to send at least a Thank You email. Best practices in hiring show that a potential employer should receive a Thank You within 24 hours.


Know Before You Hire

It can prove devastating to your business if you hire the wrong person for the job. Aside from onboarding and training, you may inevitably have to replace the applicant you just hired! Remember, the applicant may look great on paper, but the interview is the point where you can identify whether or not they will fit in with your company culture. Even if they seem to bypass all of the warning signs, in the end, trust your gut to make the best decision for your team and your business.

Diversified Human Resources (DHR) is the leading full-service HR solutions provider based in Arizona, with offices in Denver. Since 1996, DHR has served thousands of Arizona and regional companies with payroll, benefits, HR administration, retirement, and workers compensation solution. Contact us today and learn how easy it is to tailor a plan to upgrade your HR function and improve your bottom line.

Todd Miller

Written by Todd Miller

Director of Marketing, DHR

Todd leads DHR’s marketing department and is responsible for overall marketing strategy and execution. With nearly 15 years in the sourcing services and solutions space, Todd provides interesting insight on a variety of topics in this fast-paced and ever-changing industry.

Todd lives in Scottsdale with his two daughters and Collie/Shepard. One is a good boy.

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