The Non-Negotiable List – 20 Red Flags For Interviews

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.


nonnegotiableIf you ever interview job candidates, you need a Non-Negotiable List.  This list is used during the interview process to help identify “warning signs” that candidates aren’t a good fit for the organization or position.  When a candidate shows one of these warning signs, he or she is no longer considered as a potential hire.

We used a Non-Negotiable List quite effectively at my old company, curbing our turnover by over 90% in one year.  The genesis of the list were the many occasions where on the heels of a new employee not working out (fired or resigned), one of the interviewers would say something like “You know ,when I interviewed him/her I noticed he/she . . . (Fill in the blank with any of the items on the list below.)  When it comes to interviewing, trust your gut.

Here is a list of 20 sample non-negotiable traits and behaviors that should be red flags for most jobs. This list will help you start creating a list of your own, using warning signs for behaviors that clash with your company culture.

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“Re-Casting” Employees into the Right Role

This guest blog is an excerpt from Kevin Sheridan’s New York Times Best Seller “Building a Magnetic Culture”. Kevin is a best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement.

RECOGNIZING TALENT – MISS BETTY’S STORY

She is more than just a greeter to patients and guests at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana; she is Miss Betty, an always smiling, forever cheerful, burst of positivity and enthusiasm.  The Louisiana hospital group first recognized Miss Betty’s positive attitude and ability to connect with patients and their families when she started working as a housekeeper 30 years ago.  She was in that position for many years, but Senior Leaders thought her people skills could be better utilized.  They speculated Miss Betty could make a far greater impact on patients and guests as a greeter than as a housekeeper.  In 2010, they proposed a switch in her role.  Miss Betty was absolutely delighted by the idea, especially since her favorite part about working for Ochsner is interacting with people.

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Culture is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – For Good Reason

This guest blog has been provided by Kevin Sheridan, best-selling author and innovator in the field of Employee Engagement. Largely due to its tracking of which words were looked up the most during 2014, Merriam-Webster chose “Culture” as its Word of the Year.  While “Culture” had … Continue reading Culture is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year – For Good Reason