Prior to interviewing a candidate, you probably spend a lot of time coming up with the best possible questions to ask them, to determine if they’re a good fit for the job. However, it’s often the things they don’t say that reveal the most about them. It’s important to pay close attention to nonverbal cues to closely examine every candidate you interview

Five Interview Nonverbal Red Flags to Watch For

Getting ready to interview candidates for an open position at your company? Learn the following five nonverbal red flags to watch for to help you make the best possible hiring decision:

  1. Poor Listening Skills: It’s important for employees in all positions to have the ability to listen to others. If the candidate doesn’t seem to be paying attention to what you’re saying and has a hard time staying on track when responding to your questions, they’re displaying an obvious inability to focus.
  2. Inappropriately Dressed: Top candidates want to make a good impression on you by presenting themselves in the best possible manner. Anyone who shows up for an interview dressed casually or wearing dirty, rumpled clothing clearly has no respect for you or your organization.
  3. Lack of Preparation: When you ask a candidate to complete paperwork ahead of time or bring a portfolio of past work with them, you expect them to do it. Anyone trying their best to impress you wouldn’t dream of coming to the interview unprepared, so take it as a very bad sign if someone shows up without completing their assignments. If they’re unreliable before they’re hired, imagine how they’d behave after they’re on the payroll. Furthermore, barring a serious emergency, anyone who shows up late should be automatically disqualified, as they have no regard for your time.
  4. Inability to Make Eye Contact: Nerves can often be to blame for a candidate having less-than-stellar eye contact. However if someone seems to avert their gaze prior to answering every question, they may be hiding something. Excessive fidgeting can also be an indication of dishonesty.
  5. Questionable Body Language: While certain signs like a limp handshake and poor posture aren’t necessarily indicative of a lack of confidence, they certainly can signify it. Additionally, a candidate who crosses their arms may be subtly giving off defensive vibes, as someone who places an object in their lap during the interview is creating a physical barrier between the two of you.


Want to hire the best possible candidate to join your team? Contact Talent Bridge. We’re committed to the total satisfaction of both our clients and candidates. We personally interview all candidates and take time to understand their expectations, needs, and wants. In addition, we check professional references and verify credentials and education.