Red Flags That Candidates Unknowingly Raise

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Dec 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights

Red flags can come up at any time. Unfortunately, assessing your own red flags can be hard to do on your own.  If any of the following red flags ring a bell to you, there may still be hope to turn it around for your next interview.As long as you keep self-aware throughout the process, any job can be yours. 

Previous Employer Problems  

While you may have legitimate issues, a person who states that they are leaving their old position due to boredom or personal conflicts triggers a few follow up questions. Even if these are legitimate reasons for a candidate to leave, he or she should at least find a better way of talking about these problems.  

Similarly, companies are wary of anyone who has a history of not staying long at their jobs. While short-term contract work is normal in a lot of industries, it’s rare for a person to have nothing but assignments lasting six months or less on their resumes.  A multitude of short-term assignments could mean that a candidate has trouble staying through to the end of a project.  Don’t be afraid to give an explanation for either previous employer problem during the interview. Just be aware that you need to frame every negative into a positive. If you were bored, don't say that. Instead, say you are looking for more of a challenge. 

Compensation Obsession

Obviously, pay is a big factor in deciding where to work, but it shouldn’t become a big focal point of the interview.  Candidates who frequently ask about pay or constantly try to open up negotiations on the subject are likely to be either want frequent raises or leave quickly to chase a bigger check.  Companies are also wary of candidates that use other offers as leverage during salary negotiations.  While this can be a sign that a candidate is highly desired in his or her field, it more often translates to the employer that they are not really interested in the job or the company. Be cautious in salary negotiations and furthermore, refrain from speaking about salary if the employer has yet to bring it up. 

Strange Video Interviews  

Even if you don't come to the office to interview for a job, there can still be things that come across in a video conference that can raise legitimate concerns.  For some employers, if the candidate simply has a strange background, such as a busy coffee shop or a messy bedroom, it can be a concern.  While these factors might not be too important for candidates with a low level of experience, a highly skilled candidate should be able to consider his or her professional appearance.  Take pride in what you show the employer.

Your interviewer will also consider the tone of your answers to questions.  Replies that seem scripted or too well thought out are often a sign that a candidate has been over-coached or is receiving some type of help from off-camera. Keep it smooth and relaxed to limit this flag.

Troublesome Commute

Consider the fact that one of the most common reasons that new employees give for leaving a job less than ninety days in is their commute.  Tell employers your future plans for the commute if it is long.  This will lessen their worries regarding losing you before you've even been hired. If you plan to move to an area closer to the office in the near future, be verbal about that, especially if you've done it successfully before at another job.

Poor Communication

Candidates that frequently misunderstand questions or don’t want to answer what you are asking are definite red flags.  Even if you have the experience and skills that they’re looking for, the inability to effectively communicate will make you virtually useless in just about any office. If you find this is one of your weaknesses, take a course or class to strengthen your communication skills. There are groups out there like Toastmasters that can transform you into an effective communicator for any occasion. 

Preparing for an interview is a lot of work, let alone finding the right job for you in the first place. If you need help finding the best job, talk to the professionals at ICS Staffing.  Our company has years of experience helping candidates, in multiple industries, wade through the ever-changing world of searching for jobs.

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