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Interviewing

Document why hiring committee was overruled

03/18/2021
Having a group of employees interview job applicants is a great way to identify the best candidates. But a would-be supervisor may disagree with a hiring committee’s candidate recommendation. If that happens, be sure to document exactly why he or she rejected the committee’s choice.

How to lose a good job applicant in just 10 days

03/09/2021
One-third of senior managers surveyed said their company is taking more time to hire in today’s coronavirus environment, despite having access to a deeper talent pool. We won’t say employers are stringing candidates along. Robert Half calls it “breadcrumbing.”

Automated interviews raise bias concerns

12/10/2020
By automating part of the hiring process, there’s less scheduling hassle and more opportunity to quickly screen out clearly unqualified and unsuitable applicants while identifying the most promising candidates. But there are also disadvantages.

Avoid hiring panel squabbles

08/26/2020
Having a group interview job applicants yields questions from different perspectives. That usually yields more information and creates more buy-in from those included. However, all that diversity can—and probably will—also make for arguments.

Caution when conducting virtual interviews

08/11/2020
The same principles that have always guided your interviewing protocols apply in an online environment. However, just like in-person interviews, virtual interviews can trigger discrimination complaints. Follow these tips to avoid potential pitfalls.

Get ready for more failure-to-promote suits

03/19/2020
The coming months look like they will bring hard economic times, which probably means we will see an increase in employee lawsuits. One unique risk to watch out for: failure-to-promote litigation.

1 in 5 candidates say an interviewer flirted with them

02/27/2020
While it’s important to make candidates feel comfortable during interviews, it’s also important to know the line.

Cover letters: Are they still necessary in 2020?

02/27/2020
With more organizations moving to online applications, is the traditional cover letter outdated—and do employers care?

Terrible job interview? Note that for the record

02/18/2020
Tell members of hiring committees that it’s important to make note of a candidate who interviews poorly. That’s especially true if the candidate isn’t selected and the interview was an important reason why.

Retain every résumé, application you receive

02/03/2020
When you receive résumés and applications for open positions, it’s best to keep those documents even if they are from people you don’t end up interviewing. Here’s why: If you are later sued for failure to hire or promote, you may need those documents to justify your decisions.