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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Big tax cuts aren't coming in 2005; neither the money nor the political willpower is there. But look for Congress, at the very least, to extend several tax breaks that are scheduled to go off the books at the end of the year

Strive to see your actions through the eyes of the other people in your organization.
Issue: HR typically handles reference checking at large firms. Smaller firms and those with strong management let managers do it.
Benefit/risk: Farming out reference checks to supervisors will lighten your ...
Issue: Personality tests are the first line of hiring defense at many organizations. Nearly 30 percent of employers use such tests.
Risk: A poorly designed test can open you up ...
Workplace drug testing's popularity has gradually fallen since peaking in 1996, when 81 percent of employers surveyed by the American Management Association (AMA) said they tested. By 2004, that percentage had ...
When you or your hiring managers need to fill an open slot fast, it may be tempting to skip steps in the application process. But don't do it; follow the proper ...
You'll soon have access to a new nationally recognized test that can help you gauge entry-level applicants' job readiness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spearheading development of the Equipped for ...
Issue: Forty-four percent of employees are "passive" job-seekers, meaning they might accept a job offer but aren't actively seeking one.
Benefit: Knowing how to manipulate the Internet to find such ...

It's already Memorial Day, so summer is right around the corner. While you're enjoying the warmer weather, heat up your tax savings with some timely tax techniques.

In many U.S. cities, houses bought just a few years ago have more than doubled in value. But unless you plan to move soon, such a "paper windfall" means nothing other than a soaring property tax bill.