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3 Red Flags that Should Disqualify a Candidate for a Job


When you run a business, every applicant who contacts you hopes for a chance to attend an interview after sending a job application. Many people fail in this last stage of getting their dream job. Applicants send detailed and well-written resumes and cover letters that impress you as an employer but fail to follow through during interviews.

If you are interviewing candidates, here are some red flags that probably should disqualify them and how candidates should avoid them.

1. Showing up Late

Lateness is a big deal in the corporate world. You cannot keep a potential employer waiting for you and get the position. Showing up late for an interview communicates to the employer that you will be coming to the office late if you get the position. Lateness also shows that you do not value the position as much as other candidates do. You may escape if there are many candidates attending the interview, but most employers are very keen on arrival time. Start preparing for the interview a day before and plan to arrive an hour or half an hour earlier just in case of incidents on the road.

2. Lack of Knowledge about the Company

One common mistake that job hunters make is to send many blind applications to different companies. Sending as many applications as you can increase your chances of getting an interview invite and possibly a new job. However, you must have basic knowledge about each company and its products. Customize your resume and cover letter to suit the needs and interests of the potential employer.

You may not remember every detail about all the applications you sent, but when a company calls you for an interview, start researching about its operations immediately. Every employer asks a question to check if you have any information about the company. If you have no clue about the company when attending an interview, chances are that the employer will discover it and disqualify you from the position.

3. Blaming Others for Their Failures

Everyone shows up for an interview ready to present his or her best side. You want to talk about your achievements in your previous jobs and demonstrate that you can handle the new job. However, employers have a way of taking you back to your failed projects. In fact, many of them are more interested in finding out how you handled failure than success. You will lose the position if you start blaming your teammates or leader for your failures.

Failure is part of the journey to success. If you failed in any project in the past, take full responsibility and talk about the lessons you learned from your failures.


When you interview candidates, pay attention to their level of preparedness. If you can avoid hiring people who show these red flags, you’ll likely end up with great employees.

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