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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With U.S. unemployment still running high, that means two things: You’re receiving more résumés per job, and applicants are ramping up the creativity to grab your attention. That creativity leads to a lot of home runs ... and some dramatic strikeouts.
Questioning the capabilities of a person in a wheelchair is almost a guaranteed lawsuit. Case in point:
Though an interview can tell you a lot about a person, his or her references can be the real key to unearthing whether the employee is a fit—but only if you’re obtaining valuable insight from them. Here are six ways to beef up your reference checks:
Q. I have received several résumés that do not include a home address. Is this a red flag?
As a recruiting tool, more employers have begun including a sentence or two about the typical career path of the job at the end of each job listing.

Q. I understand there are lots of questions we can’t ask during interviews. But what if the applicant brings up the subject? For example, if she mentions that she just had a baby, can I ask if she’s made child care arrangements? If a person is coming from out of town, I may ask why. If they say “boyfriend/girlfriend,” can I ask if it’s a permanent move?

When you have several good applicants for a job opening, picking the best-qualified candidate isn’t easy. While you should be as objective as possible, the final decision can have a subjective element. Just make sure you document a good business reason to back up your choice.

Q. When, if ever, can our company legally ask an applicant about his or her religious affiliation?
Stevens Transport, a Dallas-area trucking company, has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle EEOC charges that it refused to hire a paraplegic man for a management position due to his disability.
Marymount Manhattan College’s refusal to hire a 64-year-old choreography instructor for a tenure-track position has left the New York City liberal arts school tap dancing around age discrimination charges.
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