hiring

Everything you need to know about hiring — how to screen candidates, interview, check references, make an offer and hire your top choice.

I think a job candidate is lying about his work experience

A reader writes: Someone has applied for a position with me. In looking at his LinkedIn profile, he claims to have worked on a project with which I am intimately familiar (at a previous company), and I don’t recall his involvement. Should I interview this person? There is a possibility that I simply do not […]

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we hired without checking references … and it went badly

A reader writes: We recently interviewed some one who seemed okay but I had reservations. We didn’t have many good options, so we asked for her references. She has 10+ years of work history and we could not get in touch with anybody. When we went back to her asking for help, she provided references […]

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job seekers are ghosting employers … just like employers have done to them for years

In today’s topsy-turvy job market, a strange new thing is happening: Employers are increasingly grumbling about job seekers “ghosting” them. These job candidates just don’t show up for their scheduled interviews. And in some cases, they accept a job only to disappear. Employers don’t like this. But they’ve been doing this to workers for years, […]

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our job candidates show up in ultra-casual interview attire

A reader writes: I work for a manufacturing company in inside sales/customer service. We support not only the outside sales team but also our customers through phone and email. The job description makes it clear this is an office job. Even pre-Covid, we were seeing most of the candidates we interviewed come in very casual […]

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job seekers are ghosting us on interviews and job offers

A reader writes: I recently made a slight career change. I went from working at a nonprofit to working for a vendor I often outsourced work to, so the people I manage now do almost the same thing as the people I managed previously. Part of my job is hiring, but I’m having a much […]

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can I rescind a job offer on the spot if an applicant seems curt?

A reader writes: I recently called an applicant to offer her a customer service position. She responded flatly as soon as I introduced myself. (“Oh. Hi.”) I was a little taken aback, but proceeded with the job offer anyway. Her terse reply immediately signaled a complete lack of interest. She said little other than, “Huh. […]

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I re-hired an employee … who promptly quit again

A reader writes: An employee’s resignation has changed my opinion of her dramatically and I’m not sure if I’m being unfair. Can you help me recalibrate my instincts? An employee on my team, “Ariel,” was originally hired for a different team, working under “Ursula.” Due to Ursula’s micromanagement — complaints everyone else working under her […]

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is a salary request 40% over the max enough to rescind an offer?

A reader writes: We recently made an offer to a candidate and I wanted to get your thoughts on what you would have done in this situation. Throughout the process, the recruiter shared the salary band and that the maximum was not flexible, and the candidate confirmed the amount that worked for them multiple times. […]

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