Category: 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.

Feds Will Audit—Shouldn’t You Do It First?

Yesterday’s Advisor covered Kurt Ronn’s tips for identifying potential discrimination in process. Today we’ll see his tips for evaluating execution and take a look at an audit program you can use to find such problems before the feds do. Even the best process, if poorly executed, will yield questionable results, says Ronn, president and founder […]

Economy Back-Burnering Compliance?

The economy is creating chaos, and the rapid changes in workplace laws don’t help—Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, changes in FMLA and COBRA, 1-9’s, E-Verify, ADAAA—the list goes on and on. Where should you be focusing? With all that is happening, it is easy to get distracted, even overwhelmed, says Kurt Ronn, the president and founder […]

Accommodation: ‘Sometimes it Can Be Overwhelming’

Accommodation. “Sometimes it can be overwhelming,” concedes the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). But a good job description is a “constructive tool” for focusing on reasonable accommodations. JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN offers the following accommodation scenarios to show how to match job description requirements […]

5 Keys to Preserving Precious Interview Time

HR time is precious. You don’t want to waste it reviewing résumés of unqualified candidates. You need a system to keep all those unqualified candidates’ credentials off your desk and off your computer desktop as well. Of course, in the real world, you can’t avoid all unqualified candidates, but there are steps you can take […]

Taming Tyrants: An ‘Essential Function’ for Managers?

Today we continue our look at taming TOTs—Terrible Office Tyrants—and we’ll take a look at an invaluable source for prewritten job descriptions. (Should all HR job descriptions list taming TOTs as an "essential function"?) Dealing with tyrant bosses is "a little like parenting minus the diapers and spitting up," says Lynn Taylor, whose tips were […]

How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior

Dealing with the boss got you down? Whether it’s whining or bragging or bullying, Lynn Taylor has tips for handling your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT). Taylor is the author of newly published Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior. Here are some of her suggestions: The Bragging Boss Got a boss […]

The Critical Line Between Essential and Marginal Functions

In yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at criteria for identifying “essential functions” for job descriptions. Today, again courtesy of Natividad Valdez of Washington State Department of Personnel, we share more tips on essential functions, and an introduction to a new job description management program. What criteria should be used to differentiate between marginal and essential functions? […]

Most Common ‘Essential Function’ Mistakes

Conceptually, “essential functions” seems easy enough, but it’s tricky when you get down to specifics. And there are common mistakes that are easily avoided. Here are some “essential” guidelines, courtesy of attorney Natividad Valdez of the Washington State Department of Personnel. Why Are Essential Functions So Important? From a human resources standpoint, identifying essential functions […]

‘If You Were a Dessert …’ and Other ‘Great’ Interview Questions

Yesterday’s Advisor focused on correct interview questions. Today, attorneys Sandra Rappaport and Mike Moye tackle more interview challenges, and introduce the key role of job descriptions. Your interview plan should focus on eliciting information about a candidate’s performance and experience, says Rappaport. Use open-ended questions rather than those that simply require a yes or no […]

When Hiring Slows, Hiring Claims Climb

It’s no secret that it is hard to find work in today’s economy. As a result, rejected candidates are more likely to put up a fight—and file lawsuits—says attorney Sandra Rappaport. So it’s more important than ever for interviewers to do everything right. It may seem like easy times for recruiters, but there’s a catch—rejected […]