My company has found a great person to potentially take a financial analyst position that has recently opened. In his interview, he mentioned that he left his past company because he wasn't dedicated enough to it. He followed up by saying that he is looking to put his dedication into a company that he can relate to---us. Besides this answer, his resume, the rest of his interview, and his analytical skills are outstanding? Should I be worried?
Well...maybe. :) When he gave that answer did anyone dive deep into that by asking follow-up questions such as "why weren't you dedicated to your last company?" or "what do you need to be dedicated to a company?" Those are important things to know. If everything else was superior, he probably would have a good answer to those questions but I would want to know what they are. Are there any more interviews left in the process? If so, re-raise that issue in the next interview. If not, I'd find an excuse to bring him back in. Maybe you can have him meet some additional people. Then, when he is there, just casually bring it back up, "I am curious about something that you said in the last interview... you had said you weren't dedicated to your last company. Can you tell me why that was?" Then you need to dig into the answers he gives. (ex: he says "I didn't like where the company was going" you say "why is that?" and then just keep asking questions, like that, until you are satisfied. I hope that helps!
I think we are on the same page. I have gone back and forth with the rest of the team, encouraging them to bring him back in, but they are sold already. I'm going to do everything in my power to have a final office visit so that I can feel completely comfortable with him. It's good to know that I'm not over analyzing his response.
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There have been many times that only one answer to a question kills an entire interview. He said he wants to put his dedication into a company he can "relate to". If you dig into that he could start talking about how he didn't get along with his boss, or didn't like the company president and all sorts of things can unravel from there... you never know. Like I said, if all else was good, it'll probably turn out okay but the cost of a mishire is not worth the risk or the headache. If no one else is on board, call him back in and take him to lunch. :) And.. check his references! Good luck!