hiring

how do I ask references about a candidate’s personality?

A reader writes: I am a manager at a nonprofit and hire part-time workers to work in recreation-type centers across the city. Since they are working with kids, adults, volunteers, stakeholders, etc., strong interpersonal skills are part of what we look for. However, interviews make people nervous, and it can be a little hard to […]

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why are job candidates balking at an interview over lunch?

A reader writes: I am a recruiter for medical offices. I have been in business for 18 years. Most of that time, I have had a home office. I typically will interview my prospects (99% women) at a café or coffee shop. However, my latest client is a single man who is hiring an administrative […]

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should pet peeves impact a hiring decision?

A reader writes: I am hiring for a position that I will manage. Our office is small (fewer than 20 people), so this individual and I will work together very closely. I know selecting interviewees and employees is not truly “fair,” but how much should someone touching on my pet peeves impact the decision to […]

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what to do if you catch a job candidate lying in an interview

A reader writes: I work in software development. As a part of our interview process, I ask a series of technical questions. In the past five years of interviewing, I’ve managed to catch two applicants boldface lying/cheating (by looking up the answers online) during a phone interview. The first time, I didn’t say anything to […]

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how to reject an internal job candidate

A reader writes: I was just promoted at work, into a position that comes with an assistant. The hiring process for the assistant was already underway. I really like one of the candidates and I was ready to hire her. But at the last minute, the person who is temporarily in the assistant role applied. I […]

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how to get info from job candidates who turn down our offers

A reader writes: I am not a jobseeker (yet), but am currently working as untrained HR personnel. There are some things my management wants to know about job candidates under two circumstances, but I’m not sure if they are okay questions to ask. I guess I just want to know what I’m doing is right […]

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