It’s pretty difficult to ignore something that smells bad. It consumes you, and in almost an instant you react. Whether you block your nose, gag a little, or fan your face, your reaction to a bad smell tells you instantly that something is not right.
If there are warning signs when you interview someone – don’t ignore them. Your company is not desperate enough to fill this position with someone untrustworthy.
Take it slow. Meet with your candidate more than once to see if their personality is the same as the first encounter, and since you are on this site, you see the importance of background screening, which is highly suggested at this point of the interview process. The right person will come along. You don’t want a lawsuit on your hands three months down the line because you didn’t have the time to wait for Mr Right.
If you haven’t found anyone suitable for the job, accept the fact that it may take a little longer than anticipated. Wouldn’t you rather wait an extra week to find a pearl rather than settle for a stone?
If worst comes to worst and you’re under pressure to fill the position, make sure you investigate into the applicant’s credentials, really look into their background. Validate that this person is who they claim to be. Check them out.
Don’t ignore the odour. Don’t ignore the obvious signals.