The toxic answer: Toxic employees have a hard time recognising their faults and may be too proud to reach out for help when they really need it.
Arrogance is a signature trait of toxic employees, and job seekers with this trait won’t take corrections, advice, or criticisms from their co-workers and managers, recognise and learn from their mistakes, or seek help to remedy a situation. In fact, the Cornerstone OnDemand report found that professionals who are notably over-confident about their technical proficiencies were 43 percent more likely to engage in toxic behaviour.
Avoid job seekers who admit a failure but are quick to blame others for the situation. Similarly, beware of candidates who claim they solved their own problems, without the help of others. These professionals won’t ask for help when they need it, and they won’t appreciate their team members who help them out.
In addition, eliminate candidates who don’t think they have ever failed or could have improved their performance. These professionals have unrealistic perceptions about their skills and can’t recognise their faults. If they can’t recognise problems, they won’t learn from them and grow as a professional.
What to look for instead: Look for the candidate who understands their strengths and weaknesses and takes responsibility for their mistakes. These candidates recognise their faults and move on. They don’t see these situations as failures but as learning experiences. In their answer, they focus on what they learned from the situation and how they would handle it differently now.
Non-toxic candidates won’t have a problem talking about their team members who helped them out, their managers who offered tips and advice, or how the team worked together to handle a crisis.