As an employer, you’re likely getting hundreds of resumes every day, especially if you’re the hiring manager for a well-known brand. However, do you know the red flags to look out for on these résumés? Below are the most common signs to look for.
- Job hopping: If a candidate changes jobs frequently, this should be a red flag for you. Hiring someone is an expensive process. Once hired, you will need to invest in and train the new employee to become productive. It usually takes about six months for a new hiring to take effect in their job. As an employer, you can only achieve efficiency with a new hiring after six months. However, if a person changes jobs every seven to eight months, then you should take care of that person. Also, try to avoid these type of candidates as changing jobs often leads to a lack of commitment, collaboration, and self-centeredness.
- Employment gaps: An employer should pay attention to the gaps in an applicant’s résumé. These loopholes can raise a red flag, but they might not be a bad sign either. Sometimes employees take career breaks to look after their children or elders, spend more time with their families, continue studying, or even travel around the world. These are all reasonable loopholes. As an employer, if you ask a candidate about the void on their résumé and get a reasonable answer, there is nothing to worry about. However, if the candidate is unable to explain the gap, it raises questions and concerns.
- Spelling and grammatical errors: Spelling and grammatical errors on a resume can be a big warning as it shows that the candidate is not very detail-oriented. A resume is also one of those places the candidate presents himself and mistakes show that that person doesn’t care much about his presentation. Every job requires details, attention, and a good presentation. Hence, an employer should really pay attention to these types of candidates.
- Lack of performance: A good résumé should be indicative of a successful career. The tasks should increase over time and the job descriptions should increase. If a candidate has no track records on their résumé, or has fewer job titles and responsibilities, that should be a red flag. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a candidate may sometimes choose to accept less responsibility, but a wise candidate knows that this raises questions and makes a reasonable explanation.