If bad hires walked into an interview with a “Hello, I’m Toxic” sign, they’d be easy to spot.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that easy.
And that’s too bad, considering what a toxic employee can do to your workforce. Bad attitudes and poor work ethic can be contagious. Soon, you can find yourself with a bunch of toxic employees after one bad hiring choice.
Bottom line: you need to be able to spot toxic employees during the interview so you can let them know upfront: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
How to Make Better Hiring Decisions
Just follow these tips from a leader of Entry Level Jobs in Nashville TN: Wood Personnel.
Ask interview questions focused on work ethic, handling difficult situations, and accountability.
You’ll want to do everything you can to uncover red flags. Look for excuses or transferring blame to others. Good interview questions to ask are:
- Tell me about a difficult situation at work and how you handled it.
- Tell me about a time you failed, what happened, and how you handled it.
- What type of people do you find difficult to work with?
- What would your former boss or coworkers say it was like to work with you?
Pay attention to body language.
Does the candidate seem more uncomfortable than usual answering any of the above questions? This could be a sign they’re simply telling you what you want to hear because the real answer isn’t a good one.
Notice their arrival time.
If a candidate can’t be on time for your interview, it’s a good sign they won’t take their job too seriously, either.
It’s easy to check with former employers about an employee’s work ethic or demeanor. It’s also important to verify any claims they’ve made on their resume, such as job title, length of tenure, degree, etc.
Work with a recruiter
Hiring is one of the most important tasks you do for your company. And if you’re feeling the pressure of making the best hiring choices, let a staffing agency handle some or all of the responsibility.
Recruiters are experts at finding the best possible staffing matches, and getting them interviewed, screened and ready to work! You can rest assured that you’re being placed with top-quality professionals.
Wood Personnel Services Can Help!
If you’re in search of new hires in Tennessee, contact us today! We’ll work with you to understand your staffing needs and help you find candidates who fit.