The Catfish - Avoiding a bad hire at the workplace


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The Catfish - Avoiding a bad hire at the workplace

  1. 1. The Catfish Avoiding a bad hire at the workplace
  2. 2. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Introduction • In the recruitment industry there are many challenges that we face but our most frustrating one is when we find out that the candidate we hired is not what he said he was and has falsified his credentials.
  3. 3. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Introduction • Unfortunately, there are candidates who tend to exaggerate or fake their background and experience in order to get a position with a company. • They pretend to be someone they are not even to the point of presenting that they may be technically stronger in some areas than may be true so they would appear to be able to assist a company.
  4. 4. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Where does the ‘catfish’ come from? • There is an MTV reality show named Catfish. • It follows internet couples who have never met … It is all filmed in typical MTV reality format. • The twist, of course, is that one of the people involved is fake, probably operating several Facebook accounts and generally being a massive conman.
  5. 5. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Where does the ‘catfish’ come from? • Another possible reason, and perhaps more applicable origin for the term “catfish” could lie on the restaurant side of seafood. • Some restaurants serve patrons a cheaper fish labeled as a different, more expensive species, and charge them for the fancier seafood serving instead catfish.
  6. 6. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Definition A catfish is someone who pretends to be a person they're not using even social media to create false identities, impressions, and professional experience in order to pursue create deceptive advantages.
  7. 7. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Why do candidates show fake experience? • The reason is simple as to why people falsify their curricula and history... they want to work at a higher position with higher salary even if they’re not qualified or capable for a job. • These types of candidates always look only for shortcuts in life but almost always get caught in the end.
  8. 8. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Main features of a catfish candidate The resume looks good. (Remember...if it looks too good to be probably isn’t.) The HR assessment is according to your company expectations. His job interview test was ok. The candidate seemed to interview well, he said all the right things. Unfortunately, afte r you made the hire you realized you made a big mistake. What went wrong?
  9. 9. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Main consequences • Companies lose more than time, money and effort by hiring and training people who perhaps shouldn't have been considered in the first place. • They must also deal with the havoc that the "wrong" employee can create: – a bad individual interaction with customers , other employees and suppliers, – extra costs when an employee needs to repeat procedures that were handled ineptly and – pressures on other employees who will share poor department performance. Bad apple
  10. 10. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire.. How to spott a Fake candidate - Main red flags Unexplained gaps in employment. A reluctance to explain the reason for leaving the last job and desire to not have their old boss contacted. . Unusual periods of self-employment. Exaggerated educational history Unfamiliar school names.
  11. 11. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 01 – Profile your ideal candidate • Often we start the recruitment process without truly understanding what we are looking for. • Job descriptions are essential since they define job requirements, responsibilities, edu cation, work experience and tasks that the new hire will be required to perform.
  12. 12. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 02 – Know where the candidates are • Successful fishermen know where and when the fish are biting. • Ask yourself, if I'm looking for an engineer, where would I find a good one? • The answers could be: your own company; your competitors; professional associations; engineering schools, etc.
  13. 13. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 03 – Interview techniques • Prepare for the interview with a set of questions. • Formulate questions beforehand that explore ability, potential and fit. • Ask behavioral-oriented questions, which are questions that require a response based on actual experience. • Listen to what the candidate says and how he says it.
  14. 14. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 04 – Resist the temptation to fill the job quickly • Don't hire until you are sure you have the right one. • Trust your gut. • Listen and watch for red flags (those signs that tell you something is not right here). • People hiring decisions are significant because they can affect the employee morale, culture and capacity of the organization.
  15. 15. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 05 – Always check references • It is important to be aware and check all of the provided references since we can learn a lot from previous employers or even personal references. • Listen to what is being said and how it is said to avoid any false information and “take notes”!
  16. 16. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Strategy 06 – Make your final evaluation • Ask yourself: – Can he do the job? – Will he be accepted by the other employees ? – Will he fit the corporate climate and culture? – Is he interested in the job or just looking? – Will outside factors or their past interfere with his performance?
  17. 17. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Our References • Appreciation for Editorial Assistance by William R.Z. Kush: – • The following are referenced in this presentation: – – – – – Team We Pow Rick Dacri MJ Helms Scott Kleinberg Jonathan Rajewski
  18. 18. The Catfish – Avoiding a bad hire Our Business Contacts Feel free to send us an e-mail. Our Website: Our E-mail: Linkedin: Roberto de Paula Lico Júnior Skype: roberto.lico