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Hiring ideal candidates takes more than good instincts or luck. Hiring a high-performance team requires a systematic approach based on a comprehensive framework.

In most cases, hiring is a rocky process with many candidates and weeks of interviews. It costs on average five times the yearly salary just to put an employee through the first year of training and employment. Why waste this money on someone who isn't right for your business?

Here are three red flags indicating that the candidate may spell trouble for your company.

1. Dismiss candidates who show up unprepared

The first sign indicating that the candidate is after any job. This candidate is not looking for a best-fit work environment. Applicants should not only be prepared to discuss the role and their experience but also explain how their skills and abilities add value to the team and business.

Asking candidate simple questions about the company shows if they have done most basic research. Candidates who are unable to answer these questions lack the motivation to do even the simplest things. This lazy behaviour should be a big red flag for employers.

2. Pay attention to and study their body language

It is common for interviewees to feel nervous during job interviews. However, you might want to pass the candidate who mumbles, slumps in their chair or sits with their arms crossed during the interview.

Look for interviewees who have strong self-confidence. These candidates sit up straight, make and eye contact and speak clearly, with a purpose. Employees who possess strong self-confidence and believe in themselves will excel in their daily duties and produce stronger results for the team.

3. Cross out candidates who aren’t interested in personal development

No interest in personal development shows that the candidate is not committed to shining in their role. The best hires know that excelling requires constant and ongoing personal development and training.

It also indicates that these employees will ultimately become more and more reluctant to meeting deadlines, objectives and quality standards agreed.

If you would like to learn more about hiring the right candidate for your business in 2017, please click here.

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