hiring

should I point out job applicants’ mistakes to them?

A reader writes: I supervise a summertime internship program at my job, which attracts mainly college-age applicants. A huge component of the internship is attention to detail. This week I received five applications for the internship. Three of those have included detail errors, some minor and some major. For example: 1. The first applicant stated […]

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should being on reality TV disqualify a job candidate?

A reader writes: I’m currently on a hiring committee for a newly established role in my division. It’s designed for someone with a marketing background, but involves a lot of direct interaction with clients on projects. This person will manage a team within our marketing department, and it’s a relatively senior position. We’ve had our […]

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how can you tell if an overqualified applicant is right for the job?

A reader writes: I’m a young professional working at a nonprofit. I manage our most entry-level position, a basic administrative position that has been categorized at times as both an administrative assistant or office manager. This position recently became vacant after an employee of one year, Fergus, decided to leave. We knew Fergus was highly […]

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is there a best time to send rejection letters?

A reader writes: Is there a standard for when to send out rejection letters? I deal with a lot of hiring in my job and I usually know as soon as I review a resume or hold an interview whether or I’m going to reject someone, but I have always figured that people don’t want […]

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