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.

If you think you might be leaving your job, voluntarily or not, you’ll need a comprehensive search strategy. Using a headhunter for yourself isn’t the same as using one to fill an HR position on your staff. You should be familiar with the two types of search firms: contingency and retained.

The global economic crisis that has forced U.S. employers to slash their salary budgets has not spared HR salaries. A new report says HR pros' base pay and incentive compensation grew more slowly last year. Compensation isn’t expected to rebound in 2009, either. Find out where you stand.

The best way to keep high-level new hires around is to give them an accurate picture of what their jobs entail before they start work.

A Bronx jury has ordered Bernard Spitzer, father of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, to pay more than $1.3 million to four former employees to settle racial discrimination charges.

You don’t always have to promote the best educated or most experienced employee—but you must at least have a good explanation why you chose another candidate.

If the workplace rumor mill tells you that one of your managers or supervisors may harbor antiquated ideas about equality, watch out—especially if he or she has any input into hiring and promotion decisions. Instead, investigate the rumors and take a look at past hiring practices.

Remind all hiring managers and supervisors that absolutely no racial slurs are allowed during an interview—not even in passing or in jest. Applicants who aren’t hired will get a jury trial if they can show that someone with hiring authority uttered a racial slur.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has stopped conducting drug tests on job applicants as a cost-cutting measure. DCFS introduced the drug tests in February 2008 for all applicants for jobs that involved direct contact with children and families.

Sometimes employers have the delightful problem of having several qualified candidates for a position or promotion. But that good problem can turn into a legal nightmare if an employer winds up fighting discrimination claims from a passed-over applicant. One approach that helps guard against discrimination charges is to have a diverse panel help make the hiring decision.

Q. Is it true that someone now has to watch my employees give urine specimens as part of DOT drug and alcohol testing?