You've interviewed 10 people for a key position and finally offered the job to someone with good experience and a "can do" attitude. She accepts the offer and shows up for her first day of orientation. All set, you think.

Not so fast. For so many employers, what seems to be the ideal candidate and perfect hire ends up being a disaster...on the first day!

Here are five high-flying red flags that will communicate that the person you hired is not who you thought she was. When true colors show up on the first day, consult your HR and legal team first, then wish them well as you show them the door.

1. They demand a pay raise.

Your employee has just demanded a bump in salary by the end of his first day because, he believes, the job being described to him at orientation is not the job he signed up for when he accepted the offer. Since you, the employer, clearly communicated all expectations about duties and responsibilities during the interview process, and the employee's contract of employment clearly states the job description and salary offered, this is a huge red flag, and things may go downhill from here. Your best bet is to retract the job offer and save valued team members the undue stress of dealing with a problem employee.

2. They tell other people how to do their job

A new employee should never give others they just met advice on how to do their job or how a work process or customer should be handled. This is especially true for higher-level managers and subject matter experts. While they may be the smartest person in the room, hastily "imparting their wisdom" and giving advice within a few hours on the job--even if they're right--only demonstrates they're operating on hubris and arrogance, without regard for their new team members.

3. They show up to work very late.

Fifteen minutes late is excusable, but casually strolling in on your first day of work one or two hours late without apology or explanation is a big no-no. The issue isn't so much about being late--it's the utter lack of judgment on the most important day of a new job. Pay special attention to whether this person is reeking of alcohol. You may be dealing with a "high-functioning alcoholic."

4. They are harassing or hitting on co-workers.

Enough said on this topic. Remove this worker from the building as fast as you can and wish him well. Also be on the lookout for language cues from new employees that point toward openly racist, misogynistic, or homophobic behaviors and attitudes.

5. They violate company policy.

When a new employee violates written company policy on their first day, show them the door. Behaviors that may raise a red flag include sharing proprietary information, engaging in discriminatory practices, bullying, stealing company property, or sexual harassment. Especially troubling is violating any kind of policy that would break the law or jeopardize the health and safety of co-workers.

Published on: Jul 19, 2018
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