Ensure everyone knows about 'informal' promotions process

Sometimes, employers rely on informal processes to fill open positions. That can be dangerous unless you make sure all employees know about the process.

Smoking, long walks really make a résumé stand out

Fully 77% of HR managers have spotted an embellishment or outright lie on an applicant’s résumé, according to an annual CareerBuilder survey.

Conducting successful job interviews: A manager's guide

While managers are typically a major part of the hiring and interview process, they’re often short on experience, confidence or time. Here are some tips to help managers get the most out of the process and possibly avoid litigation down the road.

'Hey, look at me!' The 10 strangest come-ons by creative applicants

Job candidates realize that a great cover letter and résumé aren’t always enough if you really want the job — you need to do something to stand out from the competition.

Is it legal to require a lie detector test in California?


Q. I am in the process of interviewing candidates for an administrative position. This person would work very closely with me, and I need to trust him or her completely. Can I bring in a polygraph expert and use lie detector tests during the final interviews?

How to safely let down runner-up interviewees

Don’t let clumsy messaging cause legal liability in job rejections.

Make employment applications stronger with these 5 add-ons

No federal law dictates what information must be included on employment applications. However, there are certain statements you may want to include.

Why smart managers hire the wrong people: 5 myths

If the new employee is better than half of the existing staff, your organization has just gotten better. If not, unfortunately, your organization just got worse.

Be sure to document why you didn't hire

If you’re like most employers, you carefully consider applicants for open positions and document exactly why you chose the candidate you considered the best one to fill the job.

9 legal questions to ask job applicants' references

Having references won’t help if you can’t get them to open up to you about an applicant.

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.

Beware the discrimination perils of hiring and firing by committee

Using a group to make hiring or firing decisions can increase the probability that some illegal, discriminatory factor will influence the process.

Divide applicants based on qualifications

Do you have more applicants who are at least minimally qualified than you can reasonably interview? Then split up the applicant pool before you begin those interviews.

Good luck trying to entice boomerang applicants

It’s the workplace equivalent of, “It wasn’t me, it was you.”

Blasé millennials require new approach to benefits

Millennial workers are less knowledgeable—and less interested—in their workplace benefits than their older colleagues are, according to a new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
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