7 Signs You Hired the Wrong Employee

The Only Thing Worse Than Making a Hiring Mistake Is Not Catching It in Time

Getting through the hiring process can be exhausting and time-consuming. We’ve been there and we get it.

You found someone with a great resume, who has most of the skills needed, and seems like he’d be a good fit

with your company culture. Yet once he starts work, you notice things are…off.

The harsh reality is sometimes the person you saw in the job interviews isn’t the same person who ends up

working for you.

1. Not Taking Initiative

There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve hired a go-getter only to find out that’s not the case at all.

If anything, the first few weeks of a new employee’s tenure should be a time when he’s trying to impress. A

stellar employee will come in and try to make a positive mark right away, going above and beyond to do so. So

if a new employee arrives and turns down work, says no to new projects, or develops a habit of saying “that’s not

my job,” consider the alarm raised.

Great employees will always try to impress, while problem employees either don’t take initiative or shirk


2. Morale is sinking

Good morale is worth its weight in gold.

Even in sports, great team chemistry can lead to championships. It’s no different in the working world. If

you’ve got a good thing going and all of your workers like each other and enjoy coming into work every day,

it’s vital you hire with that in mind. If the balance has been upset and the only change is the new hire, you

need to think about excising said new employee from the situation. Happy employees are more productive


3. An Unwillingness to Adapt

You go through the painstaking hiring process and finally decide on someone. But when you bring them

in, instead of acclimating to your business and how you operate, all you hear from your new hire is “Well this

is how we did it at my old company.”

Remember, there's a difference between having trouble acclimating and being unwilling to adapt.

While good ideas from other places can always be implemented, employees also shouldn’t be of the mind

set there’s only one way to do things. This isn’t his old company, it’s your company. And you need to make sure

you’ve hired someone who can adapt and be fluid or else you’ll need to restart the hiring process.

4. Existing Employees Are Complaining

On the flip side, maybe your new hire is happy but everyone else is miserable.

Creating a harmonious and productive atmosphere is an important part of the hiring process. Unfortunately,

one bad hire can pollute the entire organization. So if everything was working fine before, and suddenly your

existing employees are unhappy and productivity has dropped because no one is getting along with the new guy,

that’s a real issue. There are two sides to every story, so make sure you talk to both groups. But if you’ve hired

someone and suddenly your workplace is an unhappy, unproductive place, it might be because you’ve hired the

wrong person.

5. Constantly Complaining

You want employees who speak up when they have something important to say, but no one likes someone

who is constantly complaining.

If you’ve just hired someone and all you’ve heard from him in the first couple of weeks is how everything is

terrible, the company is lacking, and the coffee in the break room isn’t up to par, it’s possible you’ve made the

wrong choice. Constructive criticism is fine as are suggestions, but those are much different than complaints. If

your new hire is just bringing up negatives without bringing any solutions or positivity to the table, he probably

isn’t going to last very long or have a good impact.

6. Asking for Lots of Special Treatment

The work schedule was laid out in advance and contracts were signed with that understanding. Yet suddenly

during the first couple of weeks, your new employee is asking for special privileges.

If everyone else works Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and that was clearly conveyed to your

new hire, then it’s a real problem if he’s already asking for a four-day workweek or leaving work early every

Wednesday. If there was a problem with the schedule, it should’ve been addressed during the interview. Besides,

catering to a new employee while forcing existing workers to stick to what was in place, is going to create big


7. Constantly Making the Same Mistakes

As we said before, there will be a learning curve. That’s to be expected. But what shouldn’t be tolerated is

making the same mistakes over and over again.

First of all, make sure your new employee is getting the necessary training. If that’s the case and the same

mistakes are occurring regularly, that is a sign of laziness or incompetence. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for

his future (especially if you’ve already talked to him about being more careful).

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