• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Don’t show your cards before making a hiring decision

by on
in Hiring,Human Resources

When interviewing job applicants, you should never indicate to the candidates any preference about whom you plan to hire. Provide only neutral comments until you're ready to offer the job.

Why the cautious approach? As the following court ruling shows, even one statement to a candidate hinting about who you think is the "most qualified" can show preference. And later on, that statement can be used in court as potential proof of your discrimination.

Such statements alone could outweigh your defense that you had a legitimate reason for choosing one person over another.

Case in point: Employee Loretta Wilson received steady promotions during her career.

When she sought a VP position, the hiring manager told her she seemed like the "obvious candidate ... even though women aren't typically in that type of position." The hiring manager also told others that Wilson was the "most qualified" candidate, based on her experience.

Two male employees were also interviewed for the VP job, and one was ultimately hired.

Wilson sued, alleging discrimination in the company's failure to promote her. Result: A federal appeals court sided with her.

The court said the hiring manager's "mini-promises" weren't direct evidence of discrimination, but they could be used to rebut the company's argument that the male employee showed better qualifications. (Wilson v. B/E Aerospace Inc., No. 03-14909, 11th Cir., 2004)

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/1212/dont-show-your-cards-before-making-a-hiring-decision "

Leave a Comment