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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If your organization employs lots of part-timers—or is considering shifting work formerly done by full-time employees to part-timers—consider these factors.
You may be hiring the wrong way, says reputation management consultant Logan Chierotti. Your best bet may not be looking at résumés or cover letters.
With seasonal hiring expected to be at its highest level in years, fraud experts warn that companies that loosen their usual processes to ramp up staffing can wind up increasing their fraud risk.
Here’s an easy way to avoid needless failure-to-hire lawsuits: Sim­­ply have someone who is not involved in the initial decision to offer interviews remove risky identifying information from résumés.
Q. I believe I should be able to refuse employment to any prospective employee with a record of criminal conviction. Can I institute a blanket policy that bars employment to applicants with criminal records? Also, what can I ask applicants about their criminal records?

Interview tip

by on November 1, 2014 12:00am
in Hiring,Human Resources

If you plan to beef up your staff this busy holiday season, make sure you ask the right questions. Your standard interview questions about long-term goals and career ambitions don’t apply.
Interviewing need not be tricky—but it does need to reveal character.
Once filled by students willing to run for coffee and make copies, internships have become regulated, and expectations for the experience have been raised. Are you ready to compete for interns?
It’s crucial to keep good records of the hiring process, including tracking applicant experience levels. After all, you never know which applicant will sue, alleging that he was passed over for a discriminatory reason.
Answering reference calls? Don’t think all responses are protected by “free speech” rights.
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