The TOP Reason New Hires Fail

The TOP Reason New Hires Fail

According to the results of a study published in Forbes Magazine, 46 percent of new employees in professional positions quit or are fired from their job within the first 18 months. That statistic is alarming enough on its own, especially in this crisis. What is even more surprising is the reason for the failure.

It would be natural to assume the high rate of new hire failure would be due to a lack of professional skills. However, that was only the case 11 percent of the time. The rest did not make the cut due to their attitude. Perhaps even more disheartening, only 19 percent of those who remain in their position are expected to be truly successful at it.

What Does a Poor Attitude Entail?

Speaking in broad terms, failing at a job due to attitude means the employee had low emotional intelligence. Specifically, they lacked the following skills:

  • Ability to accept feedback: Receiving feedback, whether it is positive or negative, is an essential part of any job. It allows the employee to learn from his or her mistakes and perform better in the future. In the study published by Forbes, 26 percent of new hires who didn’t make it to 18 months were unable to accept feedback without arguing or completely disregarding it.
  • Ability to manage emotions on the job: Every person has emotions and there is nothing wrong with that. Even so, there is a time and a place to display them. People who couldn’t control their anger when things didn’t go their way or who often cried in frustration are just two of the reasons that new hires failed in this aspect of emotional intelligence. It fell slightly behind the inability to accept feedback at 23 percent.
  • Initiative and motivation to excel: People who only put forth the minimum effort to get by are rarely successful in their careers. Some won’t even do that much. It comes as no surprise then that 17 percent of new hires who didn’t last much longer than a year did not possess the inner drive to push themselves to succeed in their present position and excel in their overall career.
  • Proper temperament for the role: Introverted people in a direct customer service position and extroverted people working at a desk job with little people contact are just two examples of employees having the wrong temperament for the job. Fifteen percent of new hires in the study fell into this category.

Too Much Emphasis on Professional Skills

The biggest reason for new hires failing due to a lack of emotional intelligence is that hiring managers are overly focused on a job candidate’s skills. They are definitely important, but the interviewee also needs to show strong emotional intelligence to be a good match.

For this reason, companies are gradually shifting to a style of interviewing that gauges coachability, motivation, ability to handle emotions, and other predictors of success on the job. They are also turning to their current employees for referrals, doing their own networking or utilizing industry specific recruiting firms with proven track records to find the best candidates for open positions. As this trend is not going away any time soon, those searching for a professional position must be prepared to prove they are a good fit beyond the technical skills they possess.

At CERCA Talent+, we have worked in your field as both leaders and recruiters. We know the space and the people that will help you attain your important goals. We exist to ensure you are provided Top Talent to achieve Peak Performance and Exceed Expectations. Contact our managing partner, Scott Rivers, today:, to find out all the ways we can help you build a winning team.


Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses.

As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott is an intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside.


Cerca Talent+ is a full-service Executive Search Firm with a strategic focus in the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology, Genomic and Genetic Medicine. Our clients choose Cerca because of our deep understanding of the industries we serve. They continue to work with us based on our extensive market knowledge, vast connections and quality of results.

We Provide Top Talent to create Peak Performance. That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Email Scott Rivers today at, or call direct at 201-594-2101, and we will begin the process of finding you Top Gun Talent guaranteed to help you set records.Report this

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