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.
Q. I’m job-hunting. I am well qualified for the positions I’m applying for, but there’s one problem: I have a few gaps in my résumé over the past five years when I took time off for various personal reasons.
Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, runs businesses that employ more than 5,000 people. His employees have ranged from basketball stars such as Charles Barkley to part-timers at ballpark concession stands. We spoke with Colangelo about his management philosophy and the lessons he has learned after 33 years in the business of pro sports.
Are you networking to advance your career? Don’t just rely on setting up informational interviews, mingling at professional mixers and attending trade shows.
Q. I’m an administrative assistant at a fast-growing firm. Our office
could benefit by hiring a junior marketer to help our one overworked
salesman. I’m taking marketing classes to improve my skills. How can I
convince management to create this position and promote me into it?
“Hire for attitude, train for skill.” That’s the latest craze in recruiting job candidates, and I’m sick of it.
When interviewing for a job, don’t dwell on why you left your last position.
If you’re filling a position in which the person will come in contact
with valuable assets or pose a safety risk, go beyond routine reference
checking to investigate the applicant in more detail.
When hiring, it’s OK to consider the likelihood that an applicant will file lawsuits against you.
Avoid putting “references on request” on your résumé.
He’s 34 and a seasoned CEO. Dan Wagner founded what’s now the Dialog Corp. in 1985, when he conceived of an online business information service. Today, he runs a London-based company of 1,100 employees with global operations and partnerships with Microsoft, IBM and many other firms.