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Tell-tale Signs Of A Poor Hire On Your Team

Tell-tale signs of a poor hire on your team

A bad hire can be detrimental to the success of both your team and the organization. While sometimes it’s impossible to avoid making a bad hire, identifying one early on is critical to maintaining your company’s morale and productivity.  

In this post, we’ll highlight the tell-tale signs of a bad hire so you can spot them early on.

Coworker Conflicts

A bad hire won’t get along well with coworkers, and you’ll find that your team experiences much more conflict than usual once they are hired. You may find that the bad hire doesn’t have the necessary communication skills or conflict resolution skills necessary to collaborate effectively with the rest of the team.  Unnecessary conflicts and clashes on the team are detrimental to team-wide success, slow down productivity, and reduce efficiency.

If you feel that your new hire generates a lot of tension with other employees, it’s important that you act quickly in order to avoid disruptions in the team’s dynamics.

Doesn’t fit with company culture 

Company culture is increasingly important in today’s workforce.  It reflects the values of the people who work for your company, is a key player in holding onto valuable team members, and helps to keep turnover rates low.

If your organization is known to have hard-working employees and a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative atmosphere, it is essential that all new hires also embody these values. If a hire doesn’t blend in with the company culture, it will quickly become apparent that they are not a good fit for the organization. 

Employees who do not fit in with the company culture will also generally not engage in company-wide meetings or social events. You may also notice that your new hire doesn’t socialize well with other employees and doesn’t share your company’s culture.

Lack of moral

Disengagement is also very common in many workplaces, as studies have shown that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged in their work.  It is therefore essential to take on an employee who is motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic.

The signs of a disengaged employee include: consistently showing up late to work, taking a lot of sick days, and showing general disinterest in the company and tasks at hand.

You should also avoid hiring someone who constantly complains or who sits back and avoids taking initiative. A negative attitude is a drag on the rest of the team and can spread like wildfire.  Before you know it, a bad hire could drag down the rest of a once-productive team with them.


One of the most obvious signs to look out for when evaluating a new hire is their performance. Does your new employee take initiative or volunteer new ideas? Do they consistently meet or exceed goals?

If the answer to either of these questions is no, most likely the new employee is not performing at the required level for success at your company. It’s important to give the new hire some time to settle into the new role, establish what their responsibilities are, and how they can do their job best. However, it is important to monitor their performance to ensure that they are performing to the best of their abilities and contributing to your company’s success.

If you do find that your new hire is underperforming, it’s important to sit down with them in order to clearly explain the expectations of the role, while also checking in with them to better understand their side of the situation.  While you might be able to resolve the new hire’s underperformance with guidance and additional surveillance, you must keep an eye on them in order to ensure that they start meeting your company’s expectations. 

Doesn’t contribute to the success of your company

If your new employee often starts a sentence with ‘it’s not my job’, or frequently replies with what their own job is, it’s clear that this person is not prepared to go the extra mile for your company. Ideally, a new hire will consistently demonstrate their enthusiasm and often do more than what is required of them in their position.  Poor hires will often complain when given additional tasks and bring an aura of negativity to the team.

A good hire will be someone who is focused on the task at hand and who looks to ensure company-wide success. Look for someone who has a positive, can-do attitude and who is looking to grow and broaden their horizons – these employees are usually more committed to working towards the company’s overall success. Employees who are not committed to the success of your company bring little to the table and impede your company’s progress.

How Work Style can prevent you from hiring the wrong candidate

By using Work StyleTM Assessments you’ll be able quickly and efficiently evaluate a candidate and see if they will be a good fit – avoiding hiring the wrong person in the first place. Deciding if someone is suitable for the role beforehand will save you time and money in comparison to hiring someone who ends up being a bad fit for the role. 

Work StyleTM Assessments take only 8 minutes to complete. You can evaluate participants’ communication skills, strengths, preferred management styles, and areas for development. Once all possible hires have completed the assessment, you’ll be able to decide which candidates look like they could be the best fit for the position.

Identifying the perfect candidate for a position can be tough, but by using Work Style, you’ll be able to optimize the use of your company’s resources and ensure that you make more successful hiring decisions.  

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