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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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When you're looking to hire new people, is all the weight on your shoulders? Or do you conduct interviews as part of a team?

Have you been struggling to fill an important position in your organization? Here are some common—but not always obvious—causes of hiring misfires.
In January, the Marriott Inter­­na­­tional hotel chain began accepting applications from job-seekers who apply via their cellphones and tablets. The hospitality giant says it is the first in the industry to offer mobile job applications to would-be employees.
Employers that use electronic systems to complete I-9 verification forms for new hires sometimes streamline the system by pre-populating employee information on Sec­­tion I of the I-9 with information pulled from the company’s HR software. Is that permissible?
Federal contractors will soon have new rules for managing ­veterans and disabled workers. Now is the time to prepare for the many changes that become effective March 24.
There were two unemployed Americans for every job opening listed online in January.
If you can’t name one great new hire in the past six months who came in via your employee referral program, it may be time to try a new approach. Instead of urging everyone to refer their friends, turn specific employees into “talent scouts” for your organization.
Only 20% of organizations are currently hiring HR pros, but those that are want HR generalists and recruiters. Here are the HR positions employers say they’re looking to fill.
Only a minority of surveyed employers admit to actually researching candidates online. Still, some do. Some research findings might help you decide whether social media should be a factor in your hiring.
While you might think of Facebook as a venue that works best for spreading viral videos and reading up on the latest celebrity foibles, it can be used as a very effective part of a broader recruiting strategy for your organization.
Former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch says that it is all right to trust your gut instincts when pursuing a business deal, but it’s not the best strategy for hiring quality talent.
Recruiting employees from outside your organization for both mission and culture fit is easier said than done. Oftentimes, you run a much better chance of recruiting from within your organization.

HR Law 101: Protecting yourself and your company from lawsuits starts the minute you decide to hire someone. Potential lawsuit land mines line your path. Federal laws provide a patchwork of legislation protecting workers and applicants from discrimination by employers ...

HR Law 101: In 2007, the EEOC introduced E-RACE, an initiative for “Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment.” The initiative’s goal: to eliminate recruiting and hiring practices that lead to discrimination by limiting an employer’s applicant pool. The EEOC noted that the makeup of an employer’s workforce is “highly dependent on how and where the employer looks for candidates.”

HR Law 101: Most organizations ask candidates to fill out a job application. Make sure that yours meets federal, state and local requirements. Don’t ask for information that could be considered discriminatory ...

HR Law 101: Two laws govern U.S. immigration policy: the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which was amended in 1990. For each new employee hired, U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The I-9 establishes the employee’s identity and legal work status.

Denver Public Schools fills hard-to-staff teaching positions in high-needs elementary schools by hiring college grads who didn’t major in education and then training them on the job. The highly selective Denver Teacher Residency program offers would-be teachers an alternative route into a teaching.

Q. We’re expanding our marketing efforts over the next few months. Because we don’t have much time to go through a rigorous recruitment effort, we are considering hiring a number of people on a contractor basis. If they work out, we’ll then consider hiring them as employees. Can we do that?
Starting March 24, employers that have contracts with the federal government face new rules for managing workers who are disabled or military veterans.
Legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against job applicants who are unemployed has been introduced in the House and Senate.
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