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Is Your Company Complying with FCRA?

In terms of staffing and recruitment costs, thorough background checking is the most crucial due diligence that a company should commit to. However, the Society for Human Resource Management suggests that credit reports may be a less favored source of background checking data in 2014. Recruiters and employers are advised to be cautious in the use of credit reports for employment purpose because restrictions are in place. Moreover, future restrictions may be introduced in the coming year. Unless a company seeks professional legal guidance, or hires professional staffing services to conduct background checks, Business Management Daily emphasizes that the background Read More

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First Impressions Matter – Even After You’re Hired!

Professionalism should be a character trait. Landing a job implies that your first impressions were of a standard that exceeded your competition; however, complacency as a new recruit is dangerous. You are likely to be under scrutiny for a considerable time after you have come on board. According to Kristi Hedges of Forbes, during the first weeks, both the new hire and the company are assessing each other, and some companies are prepared to fire employees who fail to meet expectations. First impressions after you are hired can set the tone for the foreseeable future. Come up to speed quickly Read More

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Making Hiring Decisions Based on Physical Appearance – Is It Legal?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations state that employers cannot refuse to hire a person based on sex, race, age, disability, or other stated characteristics. These regulations include physical appearance. However, if an employer can prove that an aspect of physical appearance is a bona fide occupational qualification Title VII provides an exception to that rule. An example of such an exception would be a job advertisement that contains an age range for applicants, or wording such as recent college graduate. Such phrasing would discount older applicants and would be considered a violation of the EEOC regulations, unless age Read More

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Harnessing the Power of Phone Interviews

The telephone interview is an indispensable screening mechanism. Online job applications can generate up to fifty resumes for senior-level positions and over 200 resumes in response to junior and mid-level positions, according to Debra McGinty of Inc. magazine. Telephone interviews, if conducted correctly, can effectively reduce an overwhelming applicant pool to a manageable shortlist of impressive talent that meets all the job requirements. However, although telephone interviews have their advantages in terms of time, they also have specific disadvantages. Many candidates in expert fields do not excel in interviewing skills. An interviewer must be skilled in recognizing such candidates and Read More