Hiring Opportunities and Pitfalls

How to shoot yourself in the foot.

Everyone once in a while I get a resume from what appears to be an ideal candidate, you will to. As with most things in life, you can’t judge a book by its cover and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do yourself, your company, shareholders and employees a favor and find out why this person is suddenly available and knocking on your door.

Recently I received one of these ‘ideal candidates’ and thought better of pulling the trigger. There are a few similar, if not competing, tech equipment companies in my neck of the woods. When an excellent candidate comes knocking after being with a different company for a long time, there is probably a valid reason why and not likely to be the reason you will hear from them. Why would a superstar want to jump ship voluntarily only to make a lateral move? I wouldn’t be a very good businessman if I jumped on the opportunity without examining the possible consequences.

What if this person had been fired for harming or endangering another employee, stealing corporate information or assets for personal gain? Even worse, what if they were fired for harassment and are in the midst of a legal battle? Do I really want to invite this behavior into my organization? Hiring this person may have some short term positives, but ultimately the reason they are available will be repeated and will become your problem before long.

Wisely, I called the former employer and got the real story before making a bad decision.

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