Posts made in October, 2013

Don’t Dismiss Skills-Based Hiring In Favor Of College Degrees

Nowhere is the old adage “History repeats itself” more true than when a manager is hiring a new employee. Many managers ask questions that have little to do with the position for which a candidate interviews for, and this is a mistake. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Skill Based Hiring A decade ago, Inc. Magazine identified four traits common to the hiring practices of the most successful companies: Ask candidates to describe their skills using specific real-world examples. Use software-based resume screening and search. Hold simulations that determine desired job-related capabilities and skills. Assess what motivates a candidate and whether...

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What to Do When You Suspect an Employee is Using Drugs

You’ve been watching a particular employee for a few weeks and are now officially concerned. His performance has slipped. Deadlines have been missed, careless mistakes have been made and he’s taken longer breaks than usual. Hopefully you’ve noted these problems in a couple emails and brief conversations, and maybe you even asked him what’s going on in private—but his answer was a resolute “nothing.” This is clearly untrue, because something is definitely wrong. It might be drug use. More Employees Admit to Drug Use The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released in September shows a rise in drug use among full-time and...

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