When you’re hiring a new remote worker, it is standard practice to review their resume.
It is often one of the first contacts you’re having with your potential employee, and a resume paired up with a cover letter can reveal much more than you may think.
Here are 5 resume red flags to watch out for if you’re hiring a remote worker from Eastern Europe.
1. Grammar And Spelling Mistakes
One of the most obvious red flags is if your candidate’s resume shows serious grammar and spelling mistakes. Why is this such an important factor, even if you are hiring a designer or a developer?
Well, even if you don’t need your employee’s English skills to be perfect, you have to consider that a resume is a key thing that should highlight their skills. It’s the one chance for the candidate to make a good impression.
If they didn’t make the effort to create a great resume that could potentially land them a job, they may make even less effort when you actually hire them.
2. Poor Attention To Detail
This is another red flag that shows a lack of effort. If there are cut-and-paste mistakes or important info obviously missing from the resume, your candidate is not very detail-oriented.
This may reveal how attentive to detail your candidate is going to be if you hire them.
3. Bad Formatting
Poor formatting is another red flag that you should look for in a candidate’s resume.
If their resume is messy and difficult to read, it reflects their inability to communicate important details.
If your candidate doesn’t have the ability to hold your attention with important, clear facts, they will most likely have trouble being concise and communicating with other members of the team. Make sure to consider this and verify it during the interview / test stages.
4. No Resume Customization / Poor Cover Letter
Many candidates send out resumes everywhere, hoping to eventually land a job.
If you want someone who is truly interested in your company, pay attention to their resume and cover letter.
Does it really reflect what you asked for in your job post? Or is it just a vague list of qualities that would make a candidate relatively suitable for any role?
A candidate who is truly interested in working for your company will take the time to explain why they’re the right choice for the position with a personal cover letter written just to you and for your role.
5. Fake Qualifications
Although it’s not always easy to tell, there are a few signs that your candidate is not being completely honest on their resume.
Pay attention to the following things:
If the dates of their previous employment periods do not add up, your candidate is most likely trying to cover up an employment gap in their work history.
However, an employment gap is not necessarily a deal-breaker for Eastern European workers. Work in some of these countries is often hard to find. Make sure to ask them about any gaps when you speak with them.
Focus on their soft skills and give them a test task to really assess their abilities.
- Discrepancy between cover letter and resume
If you come across a great resume and a mediocre, messy cover letter, your candidate may have had help in writing their CV.
- Incredible past experience
It’s great to have as much previous experience as possible.
But if your candidate is fresh out of college and has already had years of professional experience at great positions, they might not be being totally honest. Additionally, many workers try to polish up their resume by including inflated job titles (the list of top 10 inflated job titles in 2019 included receptionists who called themselves directors of first impressions).
If you have a hard time determining whether your candidate is making up past experiences on their resume, don’t worry.
You will find out everything you need to know during the interview process. Also, don’t forget to give your potential employees a test task to really test their abilities.
What about other common resume red flags?
If you are used to interviewing and hiring office-based employees from the US, you might think of an additional red flag: overqualification.
Many employees are worried that overqualified applicants might jump to a better position as soon as they get a better offer. For Eastern European remote workers, that’s usually not the case.
With excellent education and great workforce, the economy of many Eastern European countries is still not that great. Good job opportunities don’t come along that often. That’s why many workers are constantly working on self-improvement.
If your candidate is overqualified for the position, you should be upfront about it during the interview. Directly ask them if they are interested in staying with you long-term and how this position fits with their professional goals in the future.
If they are genuinely interested in working for you and you offer them a competitive salary and flexible working hours, they will most likely stay with your company for a long period of time.
These were our top 5 red flags to watch out for if you are looking for an Eastern European remote worker.
Remember – don’t overlook the resume. It can give you important pointers about your candidate’s skills even before you interview them.
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