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Scheduling Time to Manage and Interact with Your Staff

If you're a manager, you walk a fine line: It's important to be available to staff to address issues and offer encouragement, but you need to prevent in-person interruptions while maintaining your role [more…]

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How to Evaluate Résumés

When hiring, the résumé is your first contact with a job candidate. To get the most from this important document and determine if someone is worth calling in for an interview, you'll need to know how to [more…]

Five Interview Questions That Reveal the Most about Job Candidates

The job interview is perhaps your best opportunity to determine if a potential hire will succeed with your firm. But most applicants now have ready-made answers to standard questions such as [more…]

How to Create an Employee-Friendly Work Environment

Making your company a great place to work will help you attract — and keep — great employees. But creating an employee-friendly work environment involves more than just offering an attractive paycheck. [more…]

Seven Steps to Efficient Change Management

Change is good, but it can also wreak havoc on an organization if not managed with thought and careful planning. Here are seven steps to managing change in any organization, efficiently. [more…]

Applicant Tests: Personality, Psychological, and Drug Tests

Some businesses require candidates to take certain tests after being offered conditional employment. Be careful with these tests, though, as there are some laws that may influence what you can require. [more…]

How to Create a Successful Internal Hiring Process for Your Business

Key procedures you need to put in place in your business to set up a successful internal hiring process include establishing a way to communicate job opportunities to your employees and a procedure they [more…]

Basic Questions to Ask Applicants during a Job Interview

A good job interview question does two things: it gives you the specific information you need to make a sound hiring decision and helps you gain insight into how the candidate’s mind and emotions work [more…]

Some Creative Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

Avoid timeworn, clichéd questions, such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” when you are interviewing a candidate for a new job. Instead, develop a list of questions designed to elicit responses [more…]

How to Check a Job Applicant’s References

Getting a candid reference for a job applicant from an employer is tougher than ever these days. Because employers know that both saying too much and saying too little can have legal consequences, they’re [more…]

How to Conduct a Job Interview

When interviewing a candidate for your business, how you phrase questions, when you ask them, and how you follow up can go a long way toward affecting the quality and value of the answers you get. [more…]

How to Write Your Business’s Employee Handbook and Procedures Manual

Even if your business has only a handful of employees, keeping your basic policies and procedures well documented through an employee handbook and procedures manual is always a good practice. Whatever [more…]

How to Evaluate Job Applicants for your Business

The easiest way to make a hiring decision for your business is to weigh the options and simply go with what your intuition tells you to do. Easy — but risky. Gut decisions, whether they originate from [more…]

How to Find the Right Recruiting Agency for Your Business

You choose a recruiter for your business the same way you choose any professional services specialist. You take a look at what services are available, you ask colleagues for recommendations, and you talk [more…]

How to Evaluate Your Employee Training Program

Whether through surveys or meetings, you need to get feedback on your business’s onboarding program for new employees so you can make improvements for future new hires. Here are some questions that can [more…]

How to Offer a Job to an Applicant

After you make your final choice of whom to hire for your business, you may think that you and the other decision makers can just sit back and relax. Not just yet. [more…]

How to Plan a Staffing Strategy

The traditional business hiring notion of finding the best people to fill job openings has been replaced by a much more dynamic concept. It’s generally referred to as [more…]

How to Read Job Applicants’ Résumés

Based on résumés alone, you’d think all the candidates for your business are such outstanding prospects that you could hire them sight unseen. Anyone who does any research at all into how to look for a [more…]

How to Select the Right Applicant for the Job

Bad hiring decisions in any business rarely happen by accident. In retrospect, you can usually discover that you didn’t do something you should have in making your decision. [more…]

How to Use Phone Interviews to Narrow Job Candidates

After you’ve sorted through résumés and selected the most promising candidates for your business, conducting a telephone interview can help you narrow the list of individuals to call in for an interview [more…]

How to Write a Job Description

As you conduct your business’s hiring process, you’ll need a job description – a set of criteria as you attempt to find, attract, and make a job offer to the best candidates. Among other things, these [more…]

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Your ability to get the most out of the interviews you conduct for your business invariably depends on how well prepared you are. Here’s a checklist of things you should do before you ask the first interview [more…]

How to Recruit Employees on College Campuses

College campuses have long been fertile hunting ground for businesses recruiting entry-level talent. Smaller firms without well-organized college recruiting programs have always been at something of a [more…]

Applicant Tests: Proficiency, Aptitude, and Ability Tests

Applicant tests are business tools meant to measure specific aspects or qualities of applicants’ skills, knowledge, experience, intellect, personality or psychological makeup. As a Human Recources professional [more…]

Basics for Writing Job Descriptions

The job description is where your business’s hiring criteria are first formally set forth. But this doesn’t mean just any garden-variety job description will do. The job description you’ll construct will [more…]


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