- Why did you leave each position?
- What made the new jobs attractive?
- What did you accomplish at the short-term jobs?
- What do you consider a "long time" to be with a company?
- Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 5 years?
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In a recent post, we tackled the notion that not every resume filled with short-term positions is a concern, and there are a number of valid ways a "job hopper" may have been created. In the end, you need to ask the right questions to learn more about each individual. If you do decide that the job-hopping applicant is the right fit for your organization, you'll still want to take the right measures to ensure your company doesn't end up as another notch in their belt.
How to uncover the truth about a job hopper's history
Are you evaluating a rising star who left various positions for valid reasons or is this a toxic worker who was pushed out of multiple organizations? This can be difficult to deduce through just a resume. If their skills and qualifications meet your requirements, bring them in for a job interview and learn more.
A smart job seeker will be aware that their job history is a concern and will be prepared to answer your questions on the topic. As hard as it is to believe, when you ask a candidate "Why have you had so many jobs?" they won't honestly tell you "Because I'm a terrible employee." Instead, ask questions like: