Standardized interviews, questionnaires, complex scoring systems, background checks, drug tests and personality assessments — Corporate America has certainly engineered what should be a fool-proof process to help companies avoid hiring the wrong person.
Despite all of these processes and platforms, companies can still miss red flags in the hiring process, in fact, 66 percent of U.S. employers have been affected by a bad hire in the last year. And hiring errors come at a cost: a bad hire can cost a company as much as $50,000.
Luckily, picking up on warning signals is not difficult provided you practice keen observation and listening skills throughout the interview. Remember that a warning signal is not a 100 percent confirmation that there is a problem. Always consider any of the fairly defensible explanations that may have led to an interview blunder, such as an innocent misunderstandings or a classic case of nerves.