If your MSP business is short on quality talent, you might feel the pressure to quickly fill the position. It’s important to remember that a bad hire wastes time and costs your business money. Also, hiring the wrong candidate can have a negative impact on your current employees.
So, what should you look for while interviewing a candidate? Read more about how to recognize a bad hire during an interview.
1. Shows up Late
Not getting to the interview on time is a glaring faux pas for a job candidate. Being late could also indicate that the candidates have a problem with responsibility and accountability.
2. Not Enthusiastic
If the candidate doesn’t show enthusiasm for your MSP business during the interview, then it doesn’t bode well for being motivated on the job. You want your candidates to show passion for your business and a willingness to jump right into the new position.
Keep an eye on facial expressions. If your candidates look annoyed at the potential for performing even the mundane tasks, you can expect a slacker if hired.
3. Only Talks About Self
If your candidates only talk about themselves during the interview without any mention of anyone else who might have been a mentor or helped them with their careers, it should be a red flag to you.
Most likely, they’re not team players. Go for the candidates who speak fondly about a few people in their lives, and how they helped them. This shows their consideration for others.
4. Doesn’t Show Interest in Company Culture
A sure sign of a bad hire is a lack of interest in your company culture and values. If your candidates only ask about salary and benefits without asking about your goals, values, and culture, then they may not be a good fit for your team.
5. Doesn’t Admit Weaknesses
If your candidates won’t discuss their weaknesses and only take credit for being perfect, then it’s a sign that they won’t accept criticism. Instead, look for candidates who want to improve and receive training to advance their careers.
6. Complains About Previous Employers
When your candidates complain about previous jobs, managers or team members, they’re not showing accountability. They put all the blame on others for their past employment problems. Most likely, in a new position, they will act the same way, and you’ll be the next employer they complain about.
7. Communicates Poorly
Take note of how your candidates communicate with you. Are they using correct grammar and expressing themselves in a clear way?
Communication skills are important for jobs requiring collaboration, speaking in public, answering customers’ concerns and creating written communication. If your candidates can’t communicate clearly during the interview, then they probably won’t do it on the job either.
Separate the Good from the Bad
As you’re interviewing candidates for your MSP business, look for these signs of weak prospects. Combine your efforts on finding the strongest fit for your business while weeding out the poor ones.