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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Most lawsuits are not triggered by great injustices. Instead, simple management mistakes and perceived slights start the snowball of discontent rolling downhill toward the courtroom. Here are 12 of the biggest manager mistakes that harm an organization’s credibility in court.

Employers, beware! If you ignore your posted job requirements to hire one applicant when another candidate meets all the minimum qualifications, you may find yourself being sued. Courts may conclude that you “pre-rejected” the most qualified candidate.
Many organizations today are writing online job listings that un­­intentionally limit the number of hits from qualified job-seekers because they're not using the right keywords. Here are tips for including keywords that increase the chances that your job listings will rise to the top in the search results:
The economy is a shambles, and employers are doing everything they can to stay in business. That includes terminations, salary and wage cuts and temporary furloughs. Nearly every one of those moves carries litigation risk.  With little to lose, more and more employees are willing to stake bias claims, hoping to score a big settlement. Their allies are attorneys who will look for any reason to sue. What should employers do?
Some workers file hiring-bias lawsuits before they bother submitting an application or telling any­one they’re interested in a promotion. Fortunately, they rarely win. Absent some direct evidence that an employer routinely rejects applications of a protected class, failure to complete an application or express interest in a promotion bars such a lawsuit.
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?
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