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Friday, April 12th, 2019

Job interview red flags to look out for

When you’re limited on time it can be difficult to get a full picture of every candidate that you interview. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of job interview red flags that you shouldn’t ignore, to help you identify which interviewees won’t be a good fit.

Being late

Although mistakes happen, failing to turn up on time for a job interview is definitely a red flag. It doesn’t bode well for their future ability to turn up on time for work every day and demonstrates a lack of respect for people and their time.

Changing jobs far too frequently

We’ve all taken jobs that didn’t work out and when you’re interviewing it’s important to operate with a certain level of understanding. However, if a candidate has an unusually high number of roles on their CV this can be a cause for concern. Why are they leaving so often?

Lack of specific work examples

If a candidate is not able to use specific examples when answering technical or behavioural interview questions should be a warning sign regarding their experience and skill level.

Inappropriate comments about their current or former employer

We’re all human, and that means that sometimes we won’t get along with our colleagues or bosses. It might even be that the interviewee had an awful experience in a previous role. However, they should try and keep complaints to a minimum and maintain a professional demeanour throughout the interview. They shouldn’t spend precious interview time gossiping or badmouthing any former employers.

Asking questions they should already know the answers to

We hope that every interviewee you meet has lots of questions to ask you about your organisation and the role. However, if they’re asking for information you’ve already told them or something they could’ve easily found on your website this is a red flag. It demonstrates a lack of preparation and enthusiasm on their part.


At Nicholas Howard, we aren’t just here to point out the red flags, we can also help you to find some fantastic candidates. We will review the market with you, advise on the availability, cost and location of talent, and then set about bringing that talent into your business. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can support your recruitment process.

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