3 Green Flags of a Great Candidate: A Hiring Expert's Insights

Drake Editorial Team

In today's competitive job market, finding a great candidate can be challenging. Employers want someone who not only has the required skills and qualifications, but also fits in with the company culture and has a positive attitude. Here are three green flags to look for in a great candidate.

1. The are prepared:

A good candidate will have researched the company and the position they are applying for. By familiarising themselves with the company's business, and its mission, values, and goals, they can articulate how their skills and experience align with the company's needs.

Another good sign is if they have questions ready to ask during the interview. This shows that they are genuinely interested in the position and the company and are interested in more information to determine if this is the right fit for them.

2. They are transparent:

Honesty is an important trait in any employee, and a great job candidate is one who is transparent about themselves. A great candidate is honest about their skills, experience, and any relevant issues that may reflect badly on them. For example, if they were fired from a previous job, they explain the situation honestly and take responsibility for their actions. A transparent candidate is a sign of a trustworthy employee who is not afraid to take ownership of their mistakes.

3. They have a good attitude:

This means that they are positive, enthusiastic, and resilient, even when they haven't been guaranteed the job. A candidate with a good attitude that is open to constructive feedback and is willing to work hard to achieve their goals is a sign of a resilient employee, as they are more likely to be able to adapt to new situations and challenges and are not easily discouraged by setbacks. This kind of attitude can have a positive and contagious impact on your workplace.


In conclusion, finding a great job candidate requires more than just a resume and a list of qualifications. Keeping an eye out for candidates who are prepared, transparent, and have a good attitude can help you ensure the right fit for your company.


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