Hiring a new employee will either be the most expensive cost you will incur or the best investment you will make for your business. The outcome you achieve depends on how well you prepare for your recruitment process and ensuring that you really know the type of person you need to recruit and the skills they either have or need to develop.
Overall through, you would do well to avoid these 4 characteristics that will likely result in a toxic culture and a failed recruit.
The inability to respect their manager or team is a classic red flag and likely to end in disaster. Ask questions around the interviewees' colleagues and leaders to see how they respond and what they think of them. Unconstructive opinions and a flighty opinion of themselves should result in instant rejection no matter how good they are.
2. Inability to take feedback
Creating a culture of learning is critical if you have an appetite to grow your company. Someone who doesn't enjoy or see feedback positively probably has a fixed mindset and is likely to be your steady eddy. Perhaps look at using some robust psychometric testing to assess their learning ability and appetite.
3. Not a team player
I guess it depends on how important creating a team culture is for your business. Loners certainly have a place in companies but just make sure where one will thrive in yours.
4. Can't represent your company on their own
You will never grow your business or perform to optimum levels if you need to babysit someone for the entire time they work for you.
Hiring is the bane of every business owner's existence. In a perfect world, we could just come up with a disruptive yet tasteful new idea, magically find a director for every department, and let the business run itself. There would be no conflicting personalities, political correctness, or drama. Just a smooth, well-oiled machine. But that's not a thing. Instead, we have to develop these long and arduous interview processes to find the right people who believe in the mission and are both team players and independent thinkers. Once they're on your team, they could become a totally new person, exuding traits that no one saw coming. So, where do you draw the line? When your new hire or current employees begin to act up, what is OK and what isn't?