hiring

can you ask about mental health in job interviews?

A reader writes: I’ve just been put in charge of hiring a group of staff for a summer camp. I began managing this group of staff last May (and was thus not involved in the hiring process) and discovered that a couple staff members had some mental health issues that interfered with their job responsibilities. […]

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loose cannons, interviews from the toilet, and other stories of ridiculous job candidates

A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers to share the weirdest or worst behavior they’ve ever seen from job candidates. The entire thing ended up being hilarious, but here are 12 of my favorites: 1. The winner of them all Listed in the “interests” section of a managerial candidate’s resume: “shitting.” Candidate called us shortly after […]

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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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