Firing a difficult employee is hard. Luckily, there are ways you can spot problem people in the interview process, writes consultant April Starcadder.
Here are some important signs to watch out for:
• They only talk about themselves. While it is an interview, they should mention other people in the context of someone they look up to, like a mentor. If not, this may be a candidate who can be self-centered or refuse to pitch in and help other people.
• They take too much credit. This candidate may mention other people but will take way too much credit. However, any mistake will end up falling on someone else’s shoulders. This indicates they can’t come up with their own ideas.
• They’re unprofessional. Swearing and bringing up unprofessional situations in an interview can be indicators they don’t do well under pressure.
— Adapted from “How to Spot a Bad Candidate Who Looked So Perfect on Paper,” April Starcadder, The Muse.
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