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March 2013 Cover Story

We'll See You On Monday

Thoroughly vetting candidates can help in finding ideal employees who are worth the investment in time and resources.

March 18, 2013
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Raising Red Flags

Body language and other nonverbal cues say a lot about a person and are generally more representative of one’s personality than any spoken words or written text.

Many nonverbal cues — eye contact and intermittent nods to convey interest and attentiveness, for example — enhance the likeability of a potential hire.

But, some unspoken actions can also work to the detriment of future employment.

Some red flags that can serve as an early warning about a prospective worker include:

  • An application containing gross misinformation or grammatical mistakes
  • A misrepresentation of job skills and proficiencies
  • A short or nonexistent work history
  • A criminal record or history of incarceration
  • Being hired and let go numerous times in the past several years
  • No listed references or poor reviews from character witnesses
  • An unkempt appearance or an unprofessional demeanor.

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