Ten Job Interview Deal Killers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-27-2015 Email

A bad hire can take a big bite out of your budget. The average cost of a failed hiring decision equates to 30% of the staffer's first-year potential earnings, according to industry research. Two-thirds of employers say they've experienced negative effects of bad hires, with 37% saying the situation lowered department morale while 18% indicate that it harmed client relationships. In addition, as much as 80% of personnel turnover is due to poor hiring decisions. Obviously, you want to avoid this. And, fortunately, you can–if you fine-tune your observational skills during job interviews. The interview presents an opportunity for potential recruits to reveal their true selves, after all. If they convey any of the following deal-killer behaviors or traits, then you can safely cross them off your list. That's because, among other potential headaches, these lapses demonstrate a lack of reliability, motivation, initiative, positive mindset and attention to detail. Our list was compiled by a number of online resources, including those posted by The Creative Group and Fresno City College.  The listed deal killers apply universally for any hirer.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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