hiring

when a job candidate asks “how did I do?”

A reader writes: I had a weird situation today when interviewing a candidate and I was hoping to get your read on the situation. At the end of the interview, he asked us for an on-the-spot evaluation, saying something like, “So, what do you think of me so far?” I nearly did a spit-take because […]

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can we just assign interview dates to job candidates?

A reader writes: I have been scheduling phone screenings and in-person interviews with job candidates. For calls, I offer two days, allowing them to tell me a time that works best for a brief chat. For interviews, I provide a few options for days and time. I’ve had a few candidates respond saying they can’t […]

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can I ask a rejected job candidate on a date?

A reader writes: My team has been hiring for a position over the past couple of months. During this time, I have served on the interviewing team. I ask questions to candidates and then give my thoughts regarding whether to move them to the next round. My manager and I interviewed a guy during first […]

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must I hire a qualified candidate with a ton of baggage?

A reader writes: My department recently created a new position. A colleague from another department got wind of this and asked when I planned to advertise the vacancy. I’m in no actual hurry to fill the position, so I said “hopefully by the end of the year.” He let me know that his wife is […]

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why are so many job interviewers terrible?

Employers generally agree that having well-qualified employees is a crucial part of whether or not their businesses thrive – so you might think it follows that they’d put real effort in to how they hire. But inexplicably, many employers give minimal or no training at all to the staff who interview their job applicants and […]

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I don’t want to hire my former employee

A reader writes: Our office employed a person in the same role for about a decade. Last year, he moved to a less demanding and technical job in the company. This was at a busy time for us and left us in a crunch, but we managed. Now, the person we got to replace him […]

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