#5 Gut feel OR the nose, knows!
At the end of the day, I have learned to trust my gut (what I call my Spiderman senses). If it looks like a duck or walks like a duck or feels like a duck it probably is. If your spidey senses start to tingle then it’s telling you to look beneath the charm, the wit or the bravado.
If something “does not feel right,” keep looking. There is probably a better applicant out there.
Err on the side of caution. Find a job applicant who passes a standard battery of HR assessments such as pre-employment profiles, interviews, references, referees and background checks.
The ultimate test is to invite the candidate to meet the team and see how they feel, too.
But trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
At the heart of a lot of poor recruitment issues lies the need to be liked and the need to people please. We want to get on with people and we often feel that its our job to be friendly and obliging. If that makes you ignore standard HR due diligence and overlook normal checks and balances then be warned. If you ignore a gut feel awareness that something isn’t right, then moreso.
Ignore your awareness at your own peril.