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Hiring? Sharpen interview skills, maximize job-fair efforts

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U.S. workers have stayed put, waiting out the recession. Now, 40 percent of workers plan to change jobs this year, according to a Careerbuilder.com survey. Some tips to lure the best:

Look into job fairs. They're not just for big employers. Lean toward fairs run by media outlets; they tend to advertise well and draw big numbers. You can usually negotiate booth prices, especially if you wait until the last minute.

Hand out a flier with a company profile and job openings, so you don't waste time talking to unqualified people. Stand in front of your booth; it makes you more approachable to job hunters. Typically, one hire per fair more than justifies the cost.

Sharpen your interview techniques. Gain more insight with situational interviews. They are seven times more accurate than conventional interviews in predicting job performance, according to industrial psychologists.

Examples: Ask management applicants to lead a short brainstorming meeting or devise a strategy to solve a recent real-
life company problem. Have prospective customer service reps handle a difficult "customer" call made by an employee.

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