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Red Flags for Employers to Look for During Interviews

OnDemand Webinar (63 minutes)

Avoid bad hires and increase the success of your organization by knowing what interview red flags to watch out for.A job interview is an applicant's chance to show their talent is valuable to an organization. At the same time, the organization is attempting to access whether the applicant has the experience, skills and work ethic needed for the position. The interview process is beneficial for both employer and applicant as both are assessing if a job and an organization is a good fit. Successful careers can be born just by the good judgment of a hiring manager. All organizations have different strategies and procedures to fill job openings. Some are very formal with specific procedures and others are very informal, sometimes hiring an applicant the day they walk in. Either way, there are signs to watch out for, red flags that a hiring manager should be aware of during the application and interview process. These are certain behaviors or actions that give us insight on an applicant's work ethic and motivation for work that may be detrimental to their future job performance. This topic is designed to ensure hiring managers recognize the red flags and how to discreetly avoid them. We spend valuable time weeding out those applicants who initially don't fit the bill and then spend even more time interviewing those with the potential of a good fit. Can we completely predict how well an applicant will do the job just by job interviews? Maybe, but not always, and that's why it's critical to look out for interview red flags. Red flags are cues that come out during the hiring process, some subtle and some obvious, that can be considered predictors of an applicant's personality, attitude, experience and work ethic. The cost of hiring new talent is great, spent in time and money. Red flags in any situation really mean danger that should be avoided.


Christine Melleno, M.A., PHR, SHRM-CP,



• Why Are Job Interviews so Important?

• Components of a Job Interview

• Who Conducts Job Interview?

• What Are the Red Flags or Warning Signs That You Should Take Notice of During a Job Interview That the Applicant May Not Be a Good Fit for Your Organization

• What Red Flags to Look out for During the Interview Including the Pre-Interview Screenings of Resumes and Applications

Red Flags on a Resume

• Employment Gaps

• Job Hopping

• Suspicious Work History

• Inconsistent Career Path

• Does Not Meet Minimum Qualifications

• Overqualified

• Spelling Errors

• Inconsistent Resume Format

Red Flags on an Application

• Many Are the Same as on the Resume.

• Why Do I Have to Fill out an Application, You Have My Resume?

• Applications That Are Completed Electronically

• Parts of an Application and Their Corresponding Red Flags

Red Flags During the Interview

• Arriving Late/No Shows

• Unprofessional Appearance

• Missing Information on Resume or Blanks on Application

• Lack of Eye Contact

• Poor Listening Skills

• Not Answering the Question That Is Asked

• Too Eager, Saying What You Want to Hear

• Inappropriate Language, Rambling, Bragging

• Leaving Jobs Due to Disagreements

• Gossiping About Former Managers and Employers

• Making Demand Up Front or Immediately Asking About Salary

• No References

Legal Issues During Interviews

• Interviewing 101 - Cannot Ask Questions That Can Be Construed as Discriminatory

• Ban the Box Laws

• Salary History Laws

• Minimum Wage Laws

How to Avoid Hiring Someone Who May Not Be a Good Fit

• Look for Red Flags First ... at the Resume/Application Stage

• If Red Flags Occur During an Interview, Consider the Applicant Carefully

• Follow Procedures Set out by Your Organization