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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World War II news correspondent Ernie Pyle showed an extraordinary ability to write about the average GI’s thoughts, feelings and experiences.
If the people at your new job are ridiculously happy to see you, beware. You’ve just inherited a big mess. As early as the interview stage, you may see warnings. Look for problems like these:
You probably think you know your “people people.” They’re the nurturers, the team players, the diplomats. In truth, that ain’t the half of it. Researchers studied the psychological tests of more than 7,000 professionals and identified four aspects of “relational” work: influence, interpersonal facilitation, relational creativity and team leadership. Here’s what it means:
You've posted an entry-level position, and now you're getting flooded with résumés from candidates with substantial skills, education and experience. What do you do with these overqualified applicants? Here's some expert advice:
Issue: Some new job boards this year take their cues from dating sites, trying to match employers with applicants.
Benefit/risk: Such sites can eliminate unqualified applicants, but they're fishing in ...
Issue: Too often, hiring managers will poorly define to HR the type of employee they're looking to hire.
Risk: This can result in wasted time and costs, plus mounting frustration ...
Make sure your hiring managers understand that customer preference should play no part in their hiring decisions. Applicants' race, age, sex or religion ...
You can't stop employees and low-level supervisors from comparing notes and speculating about management's motivations; the right to complain is practically ...
“I’m pregnant.” For many managers, hearing those words from an employee may bring mixed emotions. You may be happy for the employee personally, but worried about the resulting implications for scheduling, employee retention and leave issues. Another issue to consider: the potential legal pitfalls. Both federal and state laws provide pregnant employees with special rights […]

For too many people, the tax season is a February-to-April affair. But trying to plan your tax strategies after Dec. 31 is as futile as a football team drawing up its game plan with two minutes left in the fourth quarter: You can't do much to affect the score.

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