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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It’s hard picking which employees to promote and which ones to pass over, especially when a committee must make the decision. The HR professional overseeing the selection process should get proactive by insisting that the committee document the proc­­ess.
Pennsylvanians who knowingly hire illegal immigrants would lose their professional licenses under a bill being considered by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The “one-strike-and-you’re-out” law would yank licenses for first-offense violations.
Insist that all those involved in the hiring process document why they chose the candidate they did. That way, if a hiring manager inadvertently used hiring criteria that may have had the appearance of being biased, you can use those alternative reasons to de­­fend against a discrimination lawsuit.
These days, you’re probably receiving tons of résumés for open positions. You obviously can’t interview all candidates. But don’t get careless about whom you pick to advance to the next screening level.
You can’t be sure there’s no hidden bias in your promotion process unless you check. Conduct your own informal investigation so you’ll be prepared for possible litigation. That way, if you find a problem, you can fix it before things get out of hand.
Lawrence Transportation has reached a settlement with a job applicant whom it refused to hire unless he cut off his dreadlocks. In addition to an undisclosed payment, the company agreed to implement and enforce policies banning religious discrimination and provide anti-­discrimination training to all employees.
A woman was asked during a job interview if she had a jealous husband, and if she could work with all men. The woman was not hired and the company instead hired a man for the job, prompting a gender discrimination lawsuit.

The National Organization on Disability has cited nine companies for making the hiring of employees with disabilities a corporate priority. The “Fine Nine” include Sam's Club, J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods, Lowe's, Aetna, Sodexo, ADP, Saint Barnabus Health Care System and Toys R Us.

Employers expect greater computer proficiency from all levels of admin pros than they did only a few years ago, staffing firm reps say. Being able to chip in on assignments involving computer work offers one of the best ways for receptionists to move up.

Hard times have forced older workers to try the intern option. Fearing that employers shun applicants with long, unexplained career gaps, ambitious but unemployed people are opting for unpaid internships. But before you get carried away by the prospect of marvelous production for virtually no cost, let’s have a reality check.
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