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Guest Blog: An Ideal Candidate or Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted by Erin Borgerson on February 19, 2013

This is a guest blog written by Larry Gard, Ph.D. describe the image

It’s easy to assume that if you like what you hear in an interview, you can move ahead without any reservations.  Keep in mind though, even seemingly ideal candidates who ace the interview can prove to be poor choices.  Sometimes they’ve misrepresented themselves and their talents (pre-hire testing can help detect this).  But in many instances, it’s not that they don’t have the required strengths you’re looking for – it’s that they over rely on them. 

Remember, a person’s weaknesses are often nothing more than their strengths taken to excess.  Be vigilant for the possibility that a person may over-use strengths and get themselves into trouble, as this chart suggests:

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For example, if you’ve interviewed someone and determined that they are extremely hard working, ask yourself if perhaps the person might be too driven at times and how that could potentially impact their relationships at work.  These questions can then be explored in a second follow-up interview.  

About the author:

Larry Gard is a psychologist and president of Hamilton-Chase Consulting, a Chicago-based firm that helps individuals and small-to-medium sized businesses overcome the all-too-human obstacles that impede performance and profitability.  He specializes in Executive Coaching, Evaluation of Candidates for Hire, and Multi-Rater 360 Surveys. 

Larry can be reached at drlgard@hamiltonchaseconsulting.com



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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.