It doesn’t matter how much effort you put into your hiring efforts, you may still occasionally hire an employee who is a poor fit for your business. You can do a great job analyzing resumes, asking the most probing interview questions, and calling references, but you may still make a hiring choice that isn’t right for your company. It happens.
So how do you know that your hiring choice isn’t going to work for you? According to career coaching experts, here are five signs that your employee is not a good fit:
- The new employee is way too high-maintenance: If your new hire makes all sorts of demands right from the beginning, like wanting his or her own office or working from home, you may have a big problem on your hands. Not only may the demands be unreasonable, but it could cause a ripple effect among your other staffers if you give in.
- The staffer is not putting in the hours: Many new employees make it a point of coming in early and working late when they first start at a job. So if you have a staffer who is showing up late and/or leaving early right from the beginning, what are their work habits going to be like when they are at your company for a year or two?
- The new hire is already taking sick leave or vacation time: Sure, it may be understandable if your new employee has a previously-scheduled vacation that he or she tells you about before taking the job. But if the staffer starts asking for a week off after only putting in a few weeks of work, that is a bad sign. The same goes if he or she is calling in sick for minor ailments, like a bad cough, especially if the sick leave happens to coincide with a weekend.
- The employee doesn’t get along with people: Maybe your new staffer is talented, and putting in the hours, but his attitude puts off customers or the rest of your employees. Unless he or she is the second coming of Steve Jobs, you can’t afford to have an employee who does not play well with others.
- The staffer seems disinterested in the job:Sure, not many employees spend 100% of their focus on the job, but if you catch your employee mailing it in right from the beginning, doing the bare minimum and spending too much time updating his or her Facebook page or making personal phone calls, that is something to be very concerned about.
In order to help prevent such things from happening, you should tell employees right from the beginning what is expected, and give them clear standards to follow. You should also have a probationary period at your job (some companies have a 90-day timeframe; others six months) in which you can let people go with no hassle if they don’t meet your standards.