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Filtering Good and Bad Candidates – Tips for Effective Candidate Screening

April 9th, 2016


Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could develop an automatic filter for identifying the best candidates? Finding the right candidate to fill the job is often a matter of figuring out the positives and negatives about each of the candidates for the job. Outside of candidate assessments and other screening solutions, sometimes, you just need a few examples to help you know the qualities you want to see. This can help you weed out the candidate traits you don’t want to bring into your organization.

Let’s look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly when it comes to candidate screening.

The Good

You want to make sure you take the effort to find employees who are willing to take the initiative and go the extra mile to get the job in the first place. Then later, you want them to have the initiative to get the job done. A recent news story out of Indianapolis, IN that’s taken the Internet by storm, was one about a teenager who walked ten miles on icy roads and in the snow for a job interview and how he impressed a different business owner so much that he offered the teen a job. This is the perfect example of a good sign.

Another positive sign is that the candidate presents him or herself in a professional manner when it comes to speech, presentation, and language skills. Candidates who cannot read and write at appropriate levels, while they may be qualified, don’t present the business in a favorable light. It’s something you should consider carefully before overlooking bad grammar and/or spelling.

The Bad

There are a few traits and characteristics that do not bode well for candidates. The two that stick out first and foremost are candidates who show up later for interviews and those who show up unprepared for the interview. As a business owner you expect the candidate to know a little bit about your business, the products you create, and/or the services you provide. He or she should also be on time and have a resume in hand as well as a list of questions ready to go too. These can be signs of poor work ethics in a candidate, and are best to avoid.

The Ugly

There are a few things that simply make a job candidate seem like a poor choice in every imaginable way. The first is to come into the interview with a list of demands or a long list of things he or she isn’t willing to do. The other things some candidates do that should give you pause is to come in talking bad about a former employer. Chances are good that you’ll be a former employer at some point in time, what is this person going to say about your business when and if that time comes?

When you look at the interview process in the proper light, it’s fairly simple to weed out the characteristics you do and do not want to bring into the heart and soul operations of your business. That, after all, is what effective candidate screening is all about – finding the right people to make part of your business.

Approaching the candidate hiring process can be difficult for many business owners. If you are looking for more resources and assistance with hiring top talent, contact the staffing experts at Concorde Personnel today


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