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10 Interview Questions to Avoid

Interviewing is a tricky situation. On one hand, you want to ask probing questions that will help you discover shortcomings in a prospective employee. On the other hand, if those questions cross the line, you can get yourself—and your company—into serious trouble. So what should you avoid? Here are 10 questions you should NEVER ask in an interview.

 

101 Ideas for Getting the Employees You Want

When beginning to search for your next top performer we all have ideas on the type of employee we would like. However finding that employee can be easier said than done. This article provides you with 101 ideas on how to get your next dream employee.

 

ABC’s of Employee Retention

Retaining good employees is one of the most rigorous challenges. That’s why The ABCs of Employee Retention is so helpful. From "Always Show Respect" to "Zealously Ask for Input," this article covers all the bases.

 

Contract or Direct: What's the best way to get work done?

"Contract or Direct" tells the story of Keith and Mike, a couple of Technical Hiring Managers in need of some extra talent for a big contract they just won. Their case illustrates the value and convenience of contract staffing services and shares some of the situations in which contract hiring is the smartest option.

 

Controlling Costs with Staffing

Looking to improve operating margins in your business? Then take a look at your staffing strategy. From the assembly line to the executive office, effective staffing is essential to maximizing profitability. This article contains 10 practical strategies for using staffing to reduce overhead, manage operating costs, and improve organizational performance.

 

Designing Effective Orientation Programs

New hires need to feel they fit in and that they are making valuable contributions to the company early on. One of the best ways to do this is with a well-designed orientation program. A good orientation program not only helps employees get up to speed faster, it increases job satisfaction and reduces turnover. This article covers all the essential elements of an effective orientation program.

 

Effective Performance Review Can Help Retain Employees

Performance reviews take a lot of time and they can be a pain in the neck to complete, so it’s no surprise managers don’t like to do them. This article contains some tips to help you do a better job of reviewing performance.

 

Employee Involvement Programs Drive Performance

Getting employees' ideas and getting their involvement is critical in our rapidly changing world. If your company is going to be competitive, it's mandatory to involve not just hands, but the ideas from everyone in your organization.

 

Employee Motivation

A great list of low cost and no cost motivators, focuses on eliminating "demotivators" from your culture and using communication, motivation, and empowerment to motivate employees.

 

Four Easy Steps To More Motivated Employees

There is no particular set of rules that one should follow in motivating employees. We each have our own driving force when it comes to doing an excellent job at work. As a manager, team leader, department head or supervisor, you need to determine the individual driving forces of those who are in your team so that you can create a motivated workforce.

 

Glossary of Staffing Terms

This glossary gives the definition of many terms commonly used in Human Resources.

 

Growing Pains - When Do You Need HR Help?

This article leads you through the process of assessing your need for additional help in the HR department. Do you have the resources in your company? Not sure? Find out what the alternatives are....

 

It Pays to Help New Staff Start Right

Managers should invest wisely in well-designed staff orientation programs. Effectively orientating your new employees can pay big dividends in staff retention, employee commitment and customer satisfaction.

 

Keeping Entry Level Workers From Quitting

Turnover is costly for all businesses, large or small. For a worker you are paying $24,000 a year, it will cost you an additional thousand or so dollars to replace them. However, the small business owner may feel the impact more immediately and to a higher degree. While there may not be a magic formula for attracting and keeping entry-level workers, here are some tips to consider.

 

Key Steps In Effective Layoffs

If you're in the unfortunate position of having to do a layoff, here are some of the key steps you need to take.

 

Leadership Survival Kit

There are some basic traits and soft skills both good and bad that you need to be aware of as a manager. That is why we are proud to present our Leadership Survival Kit. We have put together some great articles from Dr. Tony Alessandra that will help you hone your leadership skills.

 

Make Recruiting a Marketing Event

The current labor market has convinced many media-savvy companies that publicizing their present work environments and other benefits can be just as important as marketing their products and services. Smart companies are relentless about turning recruitment and retention into marketing events. In other words: You must market internally as well as externally. This article will show you how to effectively market your internal culture.

 

Managing Diversity:  Meeting the Needs of Work Force 2020

Organizations are responding to the diverse needs of their employees in a number of different ways.  Outlined here are some ideas that might be adopted as a means to introduce diversity.

 

Pre-Need Hiring and Workforce Planning

Pre-need hiring is a strategy that is designed to make sure that there is no significant "lag" or delay in the product development (or delivery) cycle as a result of a shortage of talent. Here is a list of some of the tools and approaches to consider when you use pre-need hiring.

 

Salary Plans: What compensation plan is best for your business?

You want to employ the best and the brightest people. But to get them (and keep them) you have to offer the right compensation package. While the solution may be to pay more, often the real answer lies in how you pay.

 

Staffing for Competitive Advantage

Contingent staffing, outsourcing, behavioral hiring. While the terms refer to different activities, their intent is the same: gain competitive advantage by implementing new tactics and strategies in the hiring and use of labor. This article outlines several popular staffing trends and provides an introduction to their use.

 

Straight Talk on Co-Employment Issues, Benefits, and Responsibilities

Co-employment occurs when two or more employers have actual, or potential, legal rights and duties with respect to the same employee or group of employees. So, when you enter into an agreement with a staffing service to provide you with temporary workers, you can potentially become a co-employer.

 

The Art of the Job Offer

Job offers are tricky things. You want to present your offer positively, but you have to make sure you don’t misrepresent the terms of employment. The fact that these misrepresentations may be verbal or unintentional is irrelevant. How can you prevent such misunderstandings and the costly lawsuits that can result?

 

The Importance of Succession Planning

Succession planning is an essential part of doing business, no matter how certain your future appears. It's easy to put off planning when everything seems to be going so well, right? Wrong. Now is the time to begin succession planning. Here are some reasons why it can't--and shouldn't--wait.

 

The Ins and Outs of Employee Surveys

Employees are critical to the success of your business. Their satisfaction and support are necessary to ensure that your organization is functioning as you would like it to, and satisfied employees can help you to increase productivity, decrease turnover, and improve profits. The Business Research Lab, a leader in employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction surveys, offers the following tips when evaluating your need for and implementation of employee surveys.

 

The Top 10 Ways to Retain Good Employees

Losing top employees can be very costly to your organization. But these days, retaining your best people can be very difficult. Are you ready to do what it takes to retain your best and brightest?

 

The Year in Review: Mastering Performance Reviews

For many, giving annual performance reviews seems like a huge burden. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This article shows managers how to turn the review process into a positive and rewarding experience. Key points in the article include the importance of clear communication, constructive collaboration with the employee, specific examples of successes and mistakes, setting measurable goals, and smart planning.

 

Transforming Your Workforce from High-Turnover to High-Retention

Replacement costs usually are 2.5 times the salary of the individual. The costs associated with turnover include lost customers, business, and damaged morale. In addition are the hard costs of time spent in advertising, screening, verifying credentials, references, interviewing, hiring, and training the new employee just to get back to where you started.

 

Workforce Planning: The Strategy Behind “Strategic Staffing”

While variations may exist from one organization to the next, workforce planning generally follows this four-step model.

 

Workplace Conflict Resolution: What's Creating Workplace Conflict and 9 Easy Ways to Resolve It

Although conflict is here to stay, it certainly can be mitigated by taking the needs and differences of people seriously and by teaching them about each other and how to work together. Stop being afraid and start being kind.

 

Why Interviews Fail

The best possible recruiting plans are useless if good candidates are being lost because of problems during the interviewing process.


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