should we hire a candidate who talked non-stop? — Ask a Manager Jobearn


should we hire a candidate who talked non-stop?

A reader writes:

We’re hiring for a candidate to fill in for me while I’m on maternity leave. The strongest candidate we’ve had so far has a great resume and industry experience, which is rare for us. But she was so talkative in the interview it was staggering. An interview that typically takes 30 minutes took over an hour and a half. I know about her favorite taco places, the renovations she’s doing on her house, how she met her husband, and where she gets her eyebrows waxed. My colleague and I could barely fit any questions in. She just talked until one of us interrupted her.

We hire exclusively through a temp agency (long story), so we are unable to check references or do a lot of extensive digging. I’ve already checked LinkedIn for possible connections and asked my network if anyone has worked with her – they haven’t. She was at her previous position for three years, leaving only because she relocated.

My colleague (hesitantly, admittedly) wants to hire her mainly due to the experience, but I have pretty strong reservations. It may have just been nerves that made her so chatty, but it’s not my gut feeling. We have other candidates who were more professional but would require way more training, which I think is a better bet. Any advice?

I answer this question — and three others — over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here.

Other questions I’m answering there today include:

  • Telling a low-performer we’re not giving her a new project she wants
  • Intern brings slime to work
  • Is it unreasonable to expect an employee to offer to pick up lunch for others when he gets takeout

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