There are several red flags that can be raised when looking at CVs.
It is important to not only spot these red flags, but to question the candidate on them if you do decide to take them forward to the interview process.
If a candidate has many gaps of employment on their CV, it can sometimes allude to a problem with their work ethic.
Large gaps in employment could suggest they are not particularly focused on working or they have struggled to be successful in obtaining a job for some reason.
There are occasions where the delays are justified but just not explained such as travel, illness, relocation etc but certainly one to question in an interview and seek to find evidence of the explanation.
Some candidates’ CVs may show that they have hopped from one job to another or not stayed anywhere particularly long.
This may look like they are disloyal to their employers or are not very strong workers however, the job changes may be caused by circumstances out of the candidate’s control such as redundancy, financial problems with the company itself or perhaps relocation.
The best CV’s will explain their “reasons for leaving” clearly but if not you should question the reason for leaving each vacancy when interviewing.
Poor spelling and grammar
A CV should be neat and well presented ideally with no errors.
If a candidate’s CV is full of spelling errors and poor grammar, it could suggest that their CV was rushed and put together with little care or attention to detail.
It could also be an example of how they write everything in their day to day life and a hint to poor English skills. With grammar and spell check software widely available, there is no excuse for these errors and mistakes.