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PLA 2008 Day 1: You’re Fired! When the Ideal Candidate Becomes the Problem Employee



Speakers: Paula Alston, Sean O’Connell, Jody Treadway

Common mistakes:
- a warm body to fill the vacant position
- if you have reservations, don’t hire that person

warning danger avoid
- the whinny candidate
- the helpless candidate
- the candidate who has to be talked into taking the job
- the candidate who has conditions on taking the job
- the candidate who doesn’t commit to pre-employment deadlines

References
most important – would you hire this person again?

Really use the probationary period

Application – if they are careless on the application, they might be careless in their job

Interview questions – answer those yourself beforehand, then during interview, you can more accurately look for answers you want

Most people will fire themselves – they’ll either do something they know will get them fired, or they’ll resign. How odd!

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  • Eric Gustafson

    The line about most people firing themselves is so true! I was a restaurant manager for a total of 8 years, and I rarely had to fire people. The ones that I was having trouble with always seemed to fire themselves. I guess subconsiously they realized that it was time to move on.

  • http://deborahfitchett.blogspot.com/ Deborah Fitchett

    I suspect that (and from my limited experience) most people who really don’t fit a job feel that lack-of-fit themselves and are as unhappy to be there as anyone around them is.

  • http://deborahfitchett.blogspot.com Deborah Fitchett

    I suspect that (and from my limited experience) most people who really don’t fit a job feel that lack-of-fit themselves and are as unhappy to be there as anyone around them is.

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com/ K.G. Schneider

    “the candidate who has conditions on taking the job”

    Um, what candidate doesn’t have “conditions”?

    I’ve made one bad hire in my life and it was because I talked myself into it (which you address). But I hope most employees are assertive enough to be clear about their employment prerequisites.

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com K.G. Schneider

    “the candidate who has conditions on taking the job”

    Um, what candidate doesn’t have “conditions”?

    I’ve made one bad hire in my life and it was because I talked myself into it (which you address). But I hope most employees are assertive enough to be clear about their employment prerequisites.

  • davidleeking

    KGS – the presenter gave some good examples of “bad” conditions (alas, I don’t remember them now). Of course, we all should set SOME conditions – but there’s probably a balance, too.

  • davidleeking

    KGS – the presenter gave some good examples of “bad” conditions (alas, I don’t remember them now). Of course, we all should set SOME conditions – but there’s probably a balance, too.

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  • Eric Gustafson

    The line about most people firing themselves is so true! I was a restaurant manager for a total of 8 years, and I rarely had to fire people. The ones that I was having trouble with always seemed to fire themselves. I guess subconsiously they realized that it was time to move on.