New Hires: Spotting Red Flags and Cautions - Page 2

Aug 22, 2008

Katherine Spencer Lee

Red: The candidate treats people differently based on rank.


A great way to learn more about how someone will act in the workplace is to ask your receptionist or administrative assistant for impressions about the applicant. Was the candidate polite and respectful, or condescending in any way? You want to hire IT professionals who can work well with people at all levels of the company, so an interviewee who talks down to the receptionist can be a major tip off of potential problems.


As soon as an interview concludes, write down as much as you can about your impressions of the individual, including any areas of concern. This will keep critical information top of mind as you evaluate all of the candidates. Then be sure to check references. Verifying an individual’s qualifications and work style can increase the chances of making the best possible match to your hiring needs.


Katherine Spencer Lee is executive director of Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from e-business development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. The company has more than 100 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

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