Top Interview Red Flags

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, and not just for the interviewees. For many managers, business owners and hiring teams, the hiring process can be exhaustive. If your candidate search has stalled, it can affect every aspect of your business, including productivity and profitability. That’s why job interviews can be stressful for employers; they are anxious to find the best person for the job and the company, without stretching the search out over months.


Job seekers always put their best on paper, which is why the interview is essential in the selection process. By watching for these five red flags, you can easily assess whether or not this candidate will be a good fit.

5 Job Interview Red Flags

Unfamiliar with your company

Any job seekers worth your consideration should come to the interview with basic knowledge about your company and its overall mission. If the candidate doesn’t know what your company does, then how will they know they really want to work for you? Those interviewees who do their research are displaying the kind of commitment that your company needs.

Gives vague answers

At first, the candidate may present themselves as confident and comfortable, but only on certain, surface-type questions. Probe a little deeper and suddenly the heat turns on. If interviewees start to freeze when you ask for more details, it might be a sign that they aren’t being entirely honest with their experience and accomplishments.

Keeps checking the clock or the phone

If the job candidate’s eyes keep darting to the nearest clock, you may wonder if they have some place they’d rather be. This could give the indication that the job seeker is not all that interested in the position or could be a sign of poor time-management skills.

Nonstop talking

While it’s a good sign when a candidate communicates enthusiastically during an interview, it could be a red flag if they talk continuously. Listen carefully; is what the interviewee says relevant or are they trying to dodge questions? Even if each question is answered in detail, the nonstop talking could mean the candidate has a large ego, which could impair their ability to collaborate and work on a team.

More interest in personal gain

A job seeker who seems more interested in what you can do for them might be looking at this as a stepping-stone position. In other words, they are not as concerned with how they can advance your company, but more about how your company can advance their career. While it’s good for a candidate to be interested in promotional opportunities, one who shows more interest in their own personal gain may not be a long-term employee.


The job interview is the best opportunity for you to assess how a candidate will fit into this position and your company as a whole. Even then, you’ll never truly know a candidate’s true potential until they are actually working for you. That’s why many businesses choose to partner with a staffing firm that offers temp-to-hire employees. At Malone Workforce Solutions, we can help you find the right fit with temporary employees or take the lead on your hiring process until we get you the ideal long-term permanent candidate. Contact us today and get the attention you need to solve your most challenging workplace issues.


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