5 Signs To Watch Out For In Hiring New Crew

One of the biggest issues many liquid waste companies face is hiring and keeping good crew members. You would think that there would be many qualified candidates clamoring for jobs in the industrial sector, but that’s just not the case. You can sometimes get a sense of a person just by talking to them for a few minutes. Other times it might be hard to pinpoint “red flags” about potential hires. People can be very adept at hiding things when they are in an interview. It’s up to you to really be tuned in to some potential problems. Some of these red flags mean those people should be avoided hiring like the plague. They are just going to waste your time and money. Here are 5 signs to watch out for in hiring your new crew members.

Sign #5: How They Are Dressed
If your hire comes into the interview looking like a bum, then it’s likely they won’t care too much about doing a good job. Even in blue collar work, you still want your crew to be presentable. They are going to be around the public after all, representing your company, so how they dress in an interview is a consideration. It’s a good indicator of how they might look on a regular basis. Ripped up jeans and holes in their t-shirts are not a good sign. Of course, in hands-on physical work, it’s normal to get a little dirty, but your crews still need to maintain quality work clothes that don’t look like rags.

Sign #4: Look At Their Eyes
The eyes are the windows to the soul, but they are also another key indicator of something very important. It’s just a sad fact of the world today that many people have drug issues they are trying to hide. This could be everything from a serious pot smoking addiction to harder drugs like heroin and crystal meth. If you look into a potential candidate’s eyes and see pupils that aren’t dilated properly, bloodshot eyes, or even very dark circles, that might be an indication of a drug problem. Make sure they are looking you in the eye in the interview as well, because otherwise they might be trying to hide something.

Sign #3: Holes In Their Work History
This is a big, obvious problem. When they are telling you about their work history, but seem to have long-term holes in some of their time spent, this could be an indication of instability. When they aren’t working for long periods of time, this may be a problem with keeping a job. You want to look for crew members that have a steady work history and if there are time gaps, allow them to explain the reasons why. It’s then up to you to decide if they are worth taking the risk.
Sign #2: Not Doing Background Checks
If you are desperate to keep people and are foregoing background checks, that might be a problem. You are overlooking criminal history and other indicators that they might not be the most reliable person. Also check their address history, because with a ton of different moves all the time, this could mean they get evicted often.

Sign #1: Obvious Health Issues
You don’t want to discriminate against anyone, but an obvious health issue could be excessive weight. Having a BMI (body mass index) of over 30 indicates obesity. This could also lead to a litany of health issues that you may not even see. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the possibility of strokes are just a few health issues that you can’t see in your potential employee that might become an issue. Just think of the time they might miss from work by dealing with health crises on a regular basis.

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