The First-Time Manager

By Loren B. Belker; Gary S. Topchik | Go to book overview

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Hiring and Interviewing

There are probably as many different hiring practices as there are companies. It would be impossible to cover all the various methods, so let’s make a couple of simple assumptions. Let’s say the human resources department does the initial screening, but you have the ultimate decision-making authority as to who comes to work in your area of responsibility.


The Use of Tests

With greater federal, state, and sometimes city participation in hiring procedures, your company may not do much testing of prospective employees. There are many legal requirements to follow when testing. But testing is among the best ways to determine if candidates really have the skills they claim they do. There are many companies that pay their job candidates for their interview time because they keep them there an entire day in order to test them.

The quality of prospective employees will vary a great deal. When unemployment rates are high, you’ll find greater interest being shown in the job and you’ll have a larger number of prospects to choose from. The reverse will be true when unemployment rates are low. There are even situations where available

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