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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Nobody ever sets out to make a bad hire. But it happens, even to the best hiring managers. From managers' inadequate preparation to misguided hiring criteria to misreading applicants' credentials, here are the seven biggest reasons for hiring decisions that bomb.

No federal or state law requires employers to use job applications. But if you do require applicants to fill them out, know the legal do’s and don’ts of what questions to ask. Here's the topic-by-topic guidance you need, along with relevant records-retention rules.

Congress has repealed the dreaded withholding provision under which state and local governments would have been required to withhold 3% of payments made to any payee for goods and services. The provision was slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
Talent-based interviewing asks questions about real-life situations that are phrased in a unique way to elicit a candidate’s first (natural) response. This is a better assessment of future performance than simply checking whether the candidate has previously worked in a similar role (experience).
Q. We’re considering using an online pre-employment screening test designed to determine if an applicant is the right fit for our business. Are there any risks associated with using such tests?
The EEOC has filed suit against the Texas Roadhouse, claiming the na­­tional restaurant chain discriminates against older workers by denying them “front of the house” hourly po­­si­­tions, steering them instead into kitchen jobs or refusing to hire them.
Q. How do I know when to classify a worker as a contractor or a true employee?
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.
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