Top Ten Red Flags for Hiring Managers & Recruiters

Have you ever thought you killed the first interview, but didn’t get asked back to the second round? Ever wondered how you could improve? At American Consultants, our recruiters’ days are filled with screening candidates for job opportunities around the country. If we see any of the following red flags during the interview process, we won’t be calling you back. Continue reading to learn about the top red flags to avoid when continuing your job search.


1. Lying

This is the number one red flag for our recruiters. If you lie on your resume, or in an interview, there’s no chance you’ll be asked back regardless how small or trivial the lie might seem to you. Here’s how we see it- If you’re going to lie to us now, what’s stopping you from lying to us in the future?

4. Having time constraints during scheduled time

When you do schedule an interview, make sure you don’t have any time constraints so you can give the recruiter your undivided attention. Not only are time restraints rude to the interviewer, but they can also make you seem distracted, which will in turn make us feel you don’t really want the job.


7. Job hopper

If you have jumped from job to job, recruiters will wonder if you will be the long-term fix for which they are looking, or if they will be conducting interviews again two months down the road. If you have jumped from job to job, be prepared to explain your job history.


10. Negativity

It’s never a good idea to talk negatively about a previous employer or manager, as this will reflect poorly on you. In the same vein, don’t have a bad attitude in an interview. Recruiters want to hire people who will bring positivity to the role and their company.

2. Bad References

References will always be checked, so it’s important to let your past employers know to expect our call so they can be prepared with details of your past performance. This will also give you an opportunity to refresh their memory of your stellar behavior. Our recruiters have countless stories of candidates not getting a job because references weren’t prepared to speak about the candidate when we called.

5. Being Late

If you are late to an interview-forget it. Recruiters want to know you will be on time every day at work. If you are a person who is always running late, or you aren’t sure where the interview is located, make sure to leave earlier than you think you should. If possible, drive by the site the day before so you feel comfortable with your route. Remember, if you show up on time to an interview—you’re late. If you’re early for the interview—you’re on time.

8. Not doing any prior research

Often recruiters will ask what you have heard about their company, so it’s important to do your research before an interview. If you don’t know anything about the company, why you are interviewing, or with whom you’re interviewing, you won’t be asked back for the second round.

3. Rescheduling an interview

Emergencies aside, it’s never a good idea to reschedule an interview. By changing the time or date, recruiters think you are not truly interested in the job. Rescheduling is also a red flag that you won’t be dependable in your role.

6. disheveled appearance

First impressions count during an interview, and you want the recruiter to come away thinking you are put together. It’s better to be overdressed than under dressed for a job interview. Also, be wary of wearing too much perfume, in case a recruiter has allergies or doesn’t like strong scents. In that same vein, you also don’t want to smell like smoke. Since most healthcare facilities are smoke-free, you want to present yourself like a smoke-free person.


9. Claiming you have no weakness

Another question recruiters often ask is, “What is your weakness?” If you respond “none,” the interview will probably be over before you know it. Be prepared with constructive answers such as “I am very detailed oriented, and while tasks might take me longer, I am always accurate.”