10 red flags that could indicate that your new hire isn’t a good fit

All new hires should be given a fair chance to get used to their new role and to get used to the way things are done in your company. However, over time you may start to get signals that the induction period is simply not going well for your new employee.

So how can you tell if it’s just new hires jitters or if they’re not a good fit for the role? To help, 10 members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) are addressing the following question:

“What’s a sign that the onboarding isn’t going well and that the new hire might not be a good fit for the role?”

This is what they recommend you pay attention to.

1. Bad treatment of others

“I always watch how they treat their managers and colleagues. That tells me a lot about how long they plan to stay, their character, and overall commitment to the role. If they roll back current procedures or act disinterested with their managers, it’s a telltale sign that they’re not a good fit for the organization.” † Nic DeAngeloSaint Investment Group

2. Consistent Errors

“It takes time for a new employee to adapt to the new work culture and learn the new ways of working. But some candidates continue to make mistakes even after repeated reminders. They just can’t follow the instructions. If you have someone like that, it’s clearly not someone you want on the team.” ~ Josh KohlbachWholesale Suite

3. Rejected Feedback

“A sign that the onboarding is not going well and that the new hire may not be a good fit for the position is when the candidate rejects feedback. A good employee always learns team dynamics and new ways of doing things, no matter how experienced they are. If they don’t take notes of the feedback, you know you have the wrong person on the team.” † Thomas GriffinOptinMonster

4. Tension with existing employees

“A sign that onboarding new employees is not going well is if they don’t get along well with existing colleagues. This can be a sign of unkindness and bad attitude, which can lead to an overall negative vibe. It is important that new hires start out with enthusiasm and a willingness to interact with everyone as they perform their duties.” † Stephanie WellsFormidable shapes

5. Push back on procedures

“New employees who reduce procedures usually don’t fit well together. It’s okay for a new hire to ask why things are done a certain way to try and understand it fully, but it’s another thing to cut back on procedures just because the new hire doesn’t like the established processes. There will be opportunities to bring new ideas to the table, but first new hires need to show they can follow directions.” † Jonathan PrichardMattressInsider.com

6. Inconsistent Communication

“Excessive delays and poor communication are often clear signs of a bad fit. An effective hire tends to make mistakes and be quick to ask for feedback. At Fractal, we’ve had similar experiences working with A-players we’ve brought in. If there are issues around delivery dates without any follow-up communication, it’s a sign that the new hire is struggling and may not be a good fit.” † Brent Liangfractal

7. Negative feedback from the team

“Onboarding usually fails on a personal level. With a well-defined job, most failures will be interpersonal skills missed during the interview process. Constantly check in, not only with the new employee, but also with the trusted team members around them. If someone shows you a different picture than your team reports, it’s most likely time for them to go.” † Jason AzevedoMRCA

8. Don’t ask questions

“If the new employee has no questions about the work culture, that’s a red flag. Onboarding does not mean that all information about the new employee is dumped in a fixed template. It means creating a space that helps them relax into their role. If you tell them everything, they may struggle to make it on their own if you’re not in the picture. Motivate them to ask questions. Show, don’t tell.” ~ Candice Georgiadisdigital day

9. A lack of attention to detail

“A lack of attention to detail is a sign we look for when we’re trying to decide if someone is a good fit for a role. If they don’t seem to care about the little things, it’s a sign that they might not be right for the job. It’s important to address these issues early and support the new hire, but if they continue to show a lack of attention to detail, it may be time to let them go.” † Syed BalkanWPBeginner

10. Bad Devotion

“All new employees need some time to show competence, but commitment, or the lack of it, is often immediately visible. If the new hire isn’t fully involved in training for the job, whether it’s by coming in late or leaving early or maybe just not asking the questions a committed new hire would have, that’s often a big red. flag.” † Kyle Michaud Carolina Bulldozer

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