Do I need to test my candidates?
interview lies

Even one meeting with a candidate can help you understand if he is a liar

Interviewing candidates is a very important stage of the hiring process. At this point, you can understand if the applicant matches your company or not. Unfortunately, it is impossible to identify all negative qualities of the candidates from one meeting. However, you can notice some red flags even from a simple phone call.

We bet that sometimes you have a feeling that the candidate is lying to you. But how to find out if they are really lying? Of course, you can't prevent it, but you can identify it. We advise you to pay more attention to the following points:
interview body language do's and don'ts
Their reactions are confusing or unrelated
You pose a serious, complex question to a candidate, and they react with an irrelevant or inaccurate response. This isn't only a hint that a candidate didn't prepare well enough for the interview; it may also mean they're not speaking the truth. When interviewing candidates try to understand if they're inflating their qualifications or just nervous.
Their body language is unnatural
When answering key questions, constant fidgeting, darting eyes, or full avoidance of eye contact can indicate that a candidate is doubtful of their replies. However, keep in mind that these could also be signals of nervousness on the part of the candidate, so context is important. There's a big difference between a candidate who bounces their knee every now and then during lulls in the talk and one who drones on about grandiose accomplishments while refusing to meet your gaze.
They just talk about group achievements
Modern companies indeed value teamwork. However, pay attention to the applicant who exclusively talks about their successes as part of a team. It might indicate that they're not as self-assured as you'd like.
They get defensive
If a candidate you're interviewing seems to skip some question or dismiss your concerns, you could be dealing with a liar. Such candidates might even get angry with your questions.
They fail the test task
One of the most common things candidates exaggerate is their experience or skills. Fortunately, it is not difficult to check their competence. You can either ask them on the interview about some difficult cases when they had to perform the discussed skill. Or you can simply give them the test task. In our article "Should I test my candidates?" we explained the importance of test tasks.
These are the main red flags that can help you identify dishonest candidates and prevent some conflicts. You should make a habit of paying attention to these moments. You will be surprised how effective the hiring process will be and how strong your team will be.
body language during interview
As remote work becomes a more common and widespread phenomenon of our life, more remote employees are needed. We know that sometimes the hiring process might be long and tedious for business owners. That is why Udalenno's team of professionals is always ready to assist you in hiring perfect and trustworthy employees.
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