Employers – Avoid These 5 Types of Job Applicants

Employers – Avoid These 5 Types of Job Applicants

With Hawaii unemployment at a low, some employers may be more willing to settle for candidates that don’t meet every requirement. Still, it’s important to remember that a few rotten apples can spoil the whole barrel. So as you review resumes and conduct interviews, be sure to steer clear of these 5 types of applicants that are sure to cause trouble.

  1. The Lazy Bones. This type of worker cannot overcome obstacles or meet deadlines and doesn’t seem to care about results. You can identify lazy/unmotivated applicants by asking them to discuss their career goals or a problem they solved at their last position. The ability to take initiative is an attribute your employees should never be without.
  1. The Liar. Studies show that one in three applicants lie on his or her resume. Make sure you are hiring a trustworthy employee by verifying the skills and experience of an applicant before extending a job offer.
  1. The Know-it-all. These applicants are trouble makers. They don’t like to follow policies and procedures and think they know more than the boss. This type of attitude can cause disruption and bring productivity to a halt. To identify an arrogant worker, try asking the question, “Tell me something your last supervisor said you needed to improve upon – what did you do about it?”
  1. The Pessimist. Watch out for the employee who constantly drags everyone down with a negative attitude. Negativity is contagious, so it’s important that your employees are surrounded by a positive work environment. As you’re talking to potential candidates, focus on their body language and attitude—ask questions that will reveal whether or not they enjoyed their last position and made friends on the job.
  1. The Hand Holder. You want to be sure that the people you hire are capable of getting work done without someone telling them what to do every step of the way. Weed out hand holders by describing a typical problem they might experience in the position and asking what they’d do to solve it.

As you search for the right candidate, be sure to check out Real Jobs Hawaii. Real Jobs Hawaii is a locally-based online recruitment portal that’s FREE for employers. Visit RealJobsHawaii.com to get started.

Posted on September 14, 2015

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