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July 29, 2022

Interviewer Dos and Don’ts

As the interviewer, you have a daunting task to ensure the candidate’s skills, talent, and experience meet the job requirements. You also need to ensure their personality fits your company culture. Then there are concerns of illegal questions and body language that might send the wrong message (or worse) if you don’t closely monitor yourself during the interview. If you’re…
June 13, 2022

Interviewer Body Language: Sending the Right Message

Interviewers heavily influence how job candidates feel when deciding whether to accept a job offer. Do your nonverbal cues unintentionally send negative messages? Here’s a quick checklist of dos and don’ts for you to consider when evaluating your interviewer body language. What should I do with my legs? Do: As the interviewer, cross your legs at an angle or with…
May 16, 2022

Job Descriptions: 10 Ways to Attract More Applicants

Are you preventing rockstars from applying for open positions due to your outdated job descriptions? Considering everyone is looking for more candidates in the current market, here’s everything you should know to make your job descriptions help you attract more applicants. 1. Job descriptions need to be consistent from department to department. If one hiring manager posts a job description…
April 28, 2022

Attracting and Retaining Employees: Tips for Small Businesses

In an employee-friendly labor market, how do small businesses attract and retain workers when they have limited resources and tight budgets? That’s the question nearly every business owner has asked since “The Great Resignation” began. While turnover is expensive for all employers, losing even just one employee is particularly costly to small businesses who have fewer workers already. However, small…
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April 11, 2022

7 Red Flags for Interviewers to Discern

In an interview, there are obvious warning signs that a candidate may not be a good fit (such as taking a call during the interview), and then there are less-obvious warning signs. As the interviewer, your role is to identify areas of concern and discover whether these red flags may be indicative of future poor performance. Red Flag for Interviewers:…
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March 28, 2022

Preventing Workplace Violence: Tips for Reducing Threats

The recent Oscars event overshadowed any award winners and set the stage for employers everywhere to remain vigilant about providing a safe working environment. (It also serves as a silent reminder about what is and isn’t appropriate content for a joke.) But how do you prevent workers from striking a nerve or uncontrollably expressing their anger? While not every slap…
March 21, 2022

Is Hiring Teens a Good Alternative to a Tight Labor Market?

With so many businesses struggling to keep up with a transient labor market, many industries are looking for ways to meet staffing shortages. Could teens be the solution? While there are pros and cons to every situation, here are several advantages and disadvantages from the employer’s side. Advantages of Hiring Teens: Employer Perspective Lower wages. Many people argue that minimum…
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August 30, 2021

Federal Law Breakdown: How Many Employees?

When you’re busy getting orders out the door, the last thing you want to worry about is knowing which federal law applies to your business. To help simplify things, here’s a quick breakdown of laws based on company size. Which federal laws apply to employers with 1+ employee? While several laws don’t kick in until your company grows, most federal…
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July 21, 2021

“Must Be Currently Employed.” Is Unemployment Discrimination Legal?

As a hiring manager, you cringe when you see gaps in employment. Thoughts of laziness, poor work ethic, difficult personality, or even trustworthiness creep into your assumptions. To avoid wasting your time, you’ve specified that applicants must currently be employed. But is this legal? The short answer is there’s no federal law banning you from excluding those who are unemployed.…
May 28, 2021

Leverage Social Media to Recruit a Broader Applicant Pool

Are you struggling to recruit qualified candidates for open positions? While much of this may be due to a tight labor market, it could be symptomatic of your limited recruiting outreach. One simple way to enhance your current applicant pool is to utilize social media. The basic platforms are free, they have the capacity to reach friends of friends of…
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February 26, 2021

Giving a 1099 to This Teenage Worker Was Illegal

A few years ago, my then 16-yr-old niece received a Form 1099 from a dentist office where she had been a nighttime cleaner. Knowing what I do about HR, I asked the accountant who had sent her the 1099 about the questionable practice of “hiring” teenagers and then paying them as independent contractors. These are actual responses from that conversation.…
February 9, 2021

5 Hiring & Retention Trends to Consider

While many companies have had to tighten their budgets due to the ongoing pandemic, they’ve simultaneously increased responsibilities for HR to recruit and retain key talent. This creates a need for HR staff to be innovative (and frugal) and stay on top of trends to compete in the marketplace. With this in mind, here are five hiring and retention trends…
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July 14, 2020

Conducting Virtual Interviews? 7 Tips for Success

Virtual interviews may be a necessity for today’s work environment, but even outside a pandemic they’re still advantageous. For example, virtual interviews offer job seekers more opportunities than what’s logistically available to them, and also provide employers with greater access to an expanded talent pool. Whether you’re new to conducting virtual interviews or have been doing them for years, here…
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June 26, 2020

“Discrimination Against LGBTQ Workers is Illegal” Rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently ruled that sex discrimination, as outlined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While 21 states already had their own laws that aligned with protecting LGBTQ+ workers prior to this ruling, your company may need to make some adjustments to prevent a lawsuit. Background on the…
February 6, 2020

Top 3 Actions Blue-Collar Employers Should Take ASAP

What do you do when your workforce is shrinking or disinterested in your industry? While this has become a common problem among many blue-collar trades, here are three defenses to keep your company relevant in the job market. Increase job interest For so long, the employment landscape has put an emphasis on white-collar careers, from early education to on-the-job training.…
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May 9, 2019

Illegal Interview Questions: What to Avoid

Hiring? Be sure you're asking the right (and legal) questions. Avoiding Illegal Interview Questions Are you asking illegal questions when interviewing job candidates? In 2017, CNBC conducted a poll on illegal questions in interviews with the Associated Press. More than 1,000 answered as follows: 10% of interviewees were asked if they were pregnant or planning to be 35% were asked their age 35%…
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April 26, 2019

Job Applicants with Misdemeanors: Employer Guidance

Can an employer legally exclude an applicant based on a misdemeanor in their criminal background? At face value, a criminal background is not a protected class – meaning applicants with a criminal background can be discriminated against with no legal recourse. However, doing so may lead to side issues that can create legal challenges. To address the specific topic of…
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April 8, 2019

Do you need to offer benefits to get a candidate to take the job?

You conducted dozens of interviews and were excited about several applicants. You made a pretty amazing salary offer to your top candidate – and then found out they rejected your offer. Why? Among other things, it could be your benefits package. If you’re shaking your head because you already offer health insurance, hold on. It could be the cost of…
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March 25, 2019

3 Ways Small Businesses Can Compete in Hiring

How do you ensure your small business stays productive with the right staff in the right roles when there are 7.6 million job openings (January 2019) in the U.S. all waiting to be filled? The National Federation of Independent Businesses recently reported that 88% of business owners found few or no qualified applicants to fill open positions. It’s no surprise that…
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January 25, 2018

Small business: Is your applicant tracking system working against you?

I remember when we all hired from resumes. Really, it wasn’t long ago, but it was a very slow and sometimes painful process. That’s why I was thrilled when the first ATS (applicant tracking system) hit the market. Because they make short work of screening candidates so the cream rises to the top, these solutions were quickly adopted by big…
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August 10, 2017

8 Job Recruiting Techniques for Small Business

Your small business needs to find the right candidate, but the job applicants you’re seeing just aren’t cutting it. Are you doing something wrong? The answer may be “yes.” While job applicants may seem to hold all of the cards in today’s workforce, your recruiting style may be working against you. Big businesses have deeper pockets to employ a team…