Warn your hiring committee: Never discuss decision-making process with candidates

If you haven’t already, warn everyone who serves on hiring committees or is otherwise involved in hiring-related decisions to keep their thoughts about the hiring to themselves.

Warn hiring committee: Never discuss decision-making process with candidates


If you haven’t already, warn everyone who serves on hiring committees or is otherwise involved in hiring-related decisions to keep their thoughts to themselves. For example, they should never discuss the inner workings of the ­hiring process with candidates.

How much time do you spend looking at a résumé?


HR pros in hiring mode don’t waste much time! Most spend less than five minutes reviewing a résumé to decide if an applicant is worth considering.

Seeking applicants with integrity? Ask 2 questions

When hiring for a position at Baystate Financial in Boston, one trait they look for is integrity. Here are two questions whose answers can reveal how much a candidate truly has.

How to involve staff in the interview process

More employers are having applicants sit down with key employees whose opinions they trust. Here are the pros and cons.

What's the full list of off-limits job interview questions in California?

Q. We are looking to hire a new employee. Are there some questions I should steer away from?

Handling new hires or promotions from within, document every step of interview process

Document every step of the interview process for new applicants and internal candidates. Make sure the process is uniform and that every interviewee gets the same treatment.

Use consistent interview questions to ensure fairness in hiring and promotions

Here’s another reason to create a fair, impartial and consistent interview process: Your ultimate decision on who is hired or promoted is more likely to withstand legal scrutiny if you can show that each candidate interviewed faced the same questions and that each candidate’s performance was assessed by more than one interviewer.

Unprofessional employees? Re-evaluate your hiring process

Expect associates to put business first while at work? Hire people who convey they'll do just that during the interview.

What should we tell manager who wants to ask inappropriate interview questions?

Q. We have a manager who is really concerned about “fit” when we interview for his group. He wants to ask questions about hobbies, whether the candidate has a family and how that will affect the candidate’s ability to be at work. I’ve tried to explain that, due to discrimination laws, we should only ask questions based upon the job and its requirements, but he ignores me. What can I do?

Do candidates' color choices predict personality?

When an applicant wears red, do you see a potential power player? What does a brown suit tell you about an applicant? Apparently, clothing color does matter.

Promotions: 8 questions to interview in-depth

Internal hires often go wrong for one simple reason: HR and hiring managers assume they know the candidate. The best approach: Dig deep during interviews to identify employees who can be successful in the position you’re looking to fill—not just the job they're doing now.

Job Interviews


HR Law 101: Much of the information employers avoid asking for on a job application becomes apparent when hiring managers meet someone face-to-face (such as race, age, physical disability and national origin). So, you must take extra care not to ask questions or make comments that an applicant might construe as discriminatory ...

2 steps to a lawsuit-proof hiring process: Online applications and blind screening

One way to ensure “blind” ­hiring is to make sure your online application process doesn’t ask for any protected-class information. Then perform your initial screening without actually interviewing candidates. That way, only interviewed ­applicants can sue over not being hired.

Interviewing: Close the sale with the right message

Everyone who comes in contact with prospective job candidates, from receptionists to hiring managers, must think of themselves as salespeople at times. Here are tips to help achieve that goal.
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