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The human resources team may have the perfect hiring procedures in place with a great aptitude test, a list of well-thought-out interview questions, and rigorous reference checks. Yet somehow there are still toxic candidates who manage to slip through all the assessment exercises and land an offer they do not deserve.

A post by Heawork shared three real-life cases of people who perform well during the interview, only to show up at work as if they’re a completely different person.

Case One: The girl with acute princess sickness
One of the common symptoms of princess sickness is the inability to deal with adversity. If colleagues disagree with them on a work related matter, they make sure others know that they are not happy about it.

They may have said all the right things during the interview but will show their true colours when things don’t go well.

A boss said he recently gave a a young female employee a lecture because she is under-performing.  The girl refused to speak to him for a week, and then told  him “I have forgiven you.” The boss was dumbfounded.

Case Two: The compulsive gamer
A newcomer set up a phone holder on his desk to play games. When the boss reminded him he should not be gaming during office hours, he said he is not playing games, he is using the auto-play feature to keep track of the progress of the game.

On another occasion, the boss saw the face of a girl on the monitor of the employee’s phone – the reasonable conclusion being they were having a video chat. But the two were not having a conversation or any interaction at all. Occasionally the employee would stare at the girl who was also just working at her working. Weird!

Case Three: The lost man
A boss said a friend had referred a young man to him. He decided to offer him the job because he performed well at the interview. The newcomer acted perfectly normal on his first day at work and said to the boss “See you tomorrow,” before leaving the office.

The next day, the young man did not show up for work. The boss tried to reach him on his phone and through email but was unsuccessful. In the end, the boss had no choice but to give up looking for him.

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