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.