Hiring

When hiring employees, negligent hiring practices can doom the process. Learn from your colleagues’ successes – and avoid their pitfalls.

Smart interview questions, well-written job descriptions, and sharp interviewing result in hiring employees that work out well, AND make you look good in the process.

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More employers are having applicants sit down with key employees whose opinions they trust. Here are the pros and cons.
Q. We have a manager who is really concerned about “fit” when we interview for his group. He wants to ask questions about hobbies, whether the candidate has a family and how that will affect the candidate’s ability to be at work. I’ve tried to explain that, due to discrimination laws, we should only ask questions based upon the job and its requirements, but he ignores me. What can I do?

HR pros in hiring mode don’t waste much time! Most spend less than five minutes reviewing a résumé to decide if an applicant is worth considering.

Jamba Juice is finding summer employees with culinary skills through a government program that offers job training to youth.
A majority of employers (77%) say soft skills are just as important as hard skills when evaluating applicants, says a new CareerBuilder survey.
For some occupations, raising the level of education required of new employees pays off big for businesses, according to research published in The Talent Equation, by CareerBuilder CEO Mat Ferguson and business professors Lorin Hitt and Prasanna Tambe.
Researchers at Realized Worth, which helps companies engage employees in volunteer work, say Millennials seek jobs that offer them good salaries, flexibility, meaningful work and a chance to contribute to society. Here’s what they want.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new Web portal designed to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.
Want to know what really makes an applicant tick? Try asking something outside the norm.
Hiring for attitude makes a lot of sense. After all, you can teach smart people new skills, but you’ll never turn a curmudgeon into an optimist at heart. Just make sure you understand how a particular personality trait will translate into on-the-job performance.
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