Category: Hiring & Recruiting

Recruiting is changing at a rapid pace. Some organizations are abandoning traditional methods for social media; some think software can do a better job than people.

9 Legal Landmines for Untrained (and maybe Trained) Interviewers

Even seasoned interviewers can inadvertently ask questions that lead to legal problems. That’s why the first rule in interviewing is "Innocent questions can lead to trouble." "An interview is essentially a pretty casual conversation, particularly if it goes well," says Amy Berecek. And in a conversation, it’s just human nature to ask people if they’re […]

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Interview Etiquette–Shud U B Concerned? R U at Fault?

In yesterday’s Advisor, we shared results from a recent Vault survey on recruiter and applicant etiquette. Today, questions about actions after the interview, and a look at a training system to help your supervisors with interviewing and other critical skills. Here are some additional responses to Vault’s 2008 Interview Etiquette Survey: Question for recruiters: How […]

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Thx for the Iview! I Wud Luv to Work 4 U!! ;)

“Thx for the Iview! I Wud [Luv] to Work 4 U!! ;)” read a recent Wall Street Journal headline. Does that sound like the thank-you letters you’re getting after an interview? What’s happened to interview etiquette? Today’s applicants, fresh from the Facebook, MySpace, and incessant texting world of Gen Y, are scoring few points with […]

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DO Check Google and MySpace / DON’T Check Google and MySpace

What do you do when the experts’ advice conflicts? Some experts say run Google searches on every candidate and don’t forget their MySpace and Facebook pages. Others say, stay away, you don’t want that information. So should you surf or not? It’s annoying when the experts don’t agree, but it doesn’t mean you’re paralyzed. Here […]

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Attracting–and Compensating–the Coveted ‘Passive’ Candidates

In yesterday’s issue, we talked about “passive” candidates—the supposedly great candidates that aren’t actively seeking a job change. Today, suggestions for approaching them and a tool to help with compensation when you hire them. Heather Hamilton, a staffing manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist, shares her tips for attracting “passive” candidates on her One Louder blog: […]

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Recruiting Gurus: It’s the Year of the Passive Candidate

When HR managers at the recent SHRM conference in Chicago were asked what their most challenging problem is, virtually all responded, “Finding and keeping good people.” How can you locate and hold on to top performers in a tricky economy with a diminishing number of qualified candidates? Many experts suggest that so-called “passive” candidates are […]

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Rent a Geezer: The "FlexGeneration" Is Here

Enough of Gen X and Gen Y—now we’ve got FlexGenerationSM. This new category includes mid-career execs who want more flexibility or more varied experiences, and those at retirement age who want fulfilling work. They wan to fill emerging gaps in your workforce—but only on their terms. How do you match up those eager flexers with […]

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Cyberslander: 6 Ways HR Can Contain It

Yesterday’s Advisor  briefed us on the challenges of cyberslander. Today, recommendations for dealing with it, and a new technological solution to a far older HR problem … writing job descriptions. Here are Attorney Matthew S. Effland’s tips for identifying and managing cyberslander. Effland, an associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., in Indianapolis, […]

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Hiring: Best of Intentions, Worst of Lawsuits

Today, more manager’s hiring mistakes to add to the expensive 6 in yesterday’s Advisor, plus a program that’s helping HR managers all over the country be more effective … especially if they’re in small or one-person departments. Although they may have the best of intentions, untrained managers doing hiring can get their companies in legal […]

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Selection Slips and Hiring Hiccups: 8 Common Failures: Hiring and Recruiting

In today’s economy, hiring should be easy. But that doesn’t change the fact that the hiring process is fraught with legal pitfalls, especially for unwary and untrained managers. Here are 8 of the most common, as listed by a prominent attorney. (The first 6 today, the balance tomorrow.) Managers think they are doing a good […]

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