INTERVIEWING

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

08/22/2016

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

07/05/2016
Don’t let clumsy messaging cause legal liability in job rejections.

Make employment applications stronger with these 5 add-ons

06/22/2016
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

05/17/2016
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

05/02/2016
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

05/02/2016
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

04/04/2016
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

04/01/2016
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

03/29/2016
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

03/08/2016
It’s the workplace equivalent of, “It wasn’t me, it was you.”

Blasé millennials require new approach to benefits

02/29/2016
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.

Feel free to use subjective factors when hiring, but be prepared to explain your criteria

02/25/2016
Not every hiring decision has to be based strictly on objective qualifications. Some jobs require special talents that are inherently subjective.

Poll: Bad body language can disqualify job applicants

02/05/2016
An impressive résumé and cover letter can help a candidate land a job interview. Bad body language and awkward mannerisms can ensure that there won’t be a second interview—or a job offer.

13 interviewee questions to prepare for

12/14/2015
What happens when applicants turn the tables on you during interviews? Are you (or the supervisors in your workplace) prepared? Here are 13 applicant questions to be prepared to answer:

The safe way to reject unsuccessful applicants

12/11/2015
Saying “thanks but no thanks” to unsuccessful job applicants may not be high on your hiring list of priorities, but how you handle rejections can mean the difference between applicants leaving with a positive impression of your organization and those whose feelings are hurt … and who might decide to sue.
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