INTERVIEWING

Keep bias from creeping into hiring process

05/27/2015
It’s hard to discriminate against applicants based on characteristics like age and race if you don’t know they belong to a particular protected class. That’s why it’s important to have a “blind” hiring process.

Beware the hidden risks of hiring based on 'chemistry'

05/25/2015
We’ve all thought it: “I just have a good feeling about this applicant.” Relying on subjective factors such as interview skills and personality is not the best way to pinpoint successful job candidates. Yet a Society for Human Resource Management poll found that most HR professionals say their final hiring decisions are at least 50% based on “chemistry” with the applicant.

It's time to stop interviewing candidates like a flailing fisherman

04/30/2015
Instead of tossing out questions you’ve asked a million times, consider just a few that author and speaker Paul Falcone proposes to get past a professional façade and understand the human being behind it.

Put that phone interview on speaker--and be sure to have a witness!

04/13/2015

When it comes to hiring, it may seem simpler to screen potential applicants via a phone interview. But such conversations lend themselves to misunderstandings. If you must conduct them, do so via speaker and with more than one person participating. That way, the applicant can’t make wild claims when she isn’t hired.

How to avoid making legally binding promises when hiring

04/08/2015
Employee lawsuits can erupt when promises made in interviews aren’t kept or job offer letters inadvertently oversell the potential for monetary rewards. Here are four key questions to ­consider.

What if interviewee raises a sensitive issue?

03/16/2015
Every HR pro knows there are some questions you just can’t ask and topics you can’t raise during job interviews. But what if the applicant brings up an off-limits subject?

Cut lawsuit risk by listing minimum job qualifications

03/11/2015
Be sure your job announcements list minimum qualifications applicants must have. That way, if someone who lacks the right background sues, the case can quickly be dismissed.

Great interview question assumes offer is coming

02/19/2015
Here's a novel question worth trying in an interview.

7 interview steps that lead to great hires

01/15/2015
Poorly conducted interviews can result in bad hiring decisions and lead to legal trouble if an applicant later claims that he or she was passed over for a job due to discrimination. So, how can hiring managers maximize the effectiveness of an interview and minimize potential biases?

'Before I check your references ...'

01/06/2015
Before calling references, ask the applicant, “What am I likely to hear when I contact these people?” The answers may surprise you.

The 15 weirdest interview questions posed in 2014

11/24/2014
Want to throw interviewees a real curveball? Consider some of these real-life questions asked in job interviews this year.

14 interview questions that get to the heart of the candidate

11/17/2014
Interview questions need not be tricky. But they do need to reveal the character of what might be the next person on your payroll. Here's a list of questions you should consider asking your next candidate, and what his or her answers might reveal.

Which interview questions are off-limits?

10/27/2014
Q. What questions am I prohibited from asking during employment interviews?

When Pinocchio applies for a job

09/25/2014
When it comes to spotting résumé fibs, hiring managers and HR pros have seen it all. According to a new poll, here are the most common lies they catch on résumés.

Not so fast: Time-to-hire is slowest in 13 years

09/15/2014
Employers are taking their time before saying, “You’re hired!” Despite declining unemployment rates, the average time to fill a vacant position—from job posting to offer accepted—is now 25 working days.
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