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Great Hires – Every Time

  • Published: January 2010
  • Region: United States
  • Business Management Daily

How do you make the perfect hire – and avoid a match made in Hell?

You want only the best for your company. That means hiring the best people. Make sure you're bringing in the best of the best with tips from Great Hires – Every Time.

Hiring the “perfect” person can be a daunting task. As a manager, you probably want to get it over with and get back to work. The hiring process is time-consuming, exhausting and distracting. Yet if you make a mistake, the consequences could be damaging … professionally and financially.

An applicant may look great on paper, but does he have the skills and winning attitude you’re looking for in a new team member? And how do you penetrate the façade of a well-rehearsed applicant to find out exactly who he is?

To help you get to the bottom of this, we’ve published a special guide: Great Hires – Every Time. We’ll examine the hiring process, from attracting qualified applicants on through making the offer to the No. 1 candidate. You’ll win the hiring game every time you have to play it.

Great Hires – Every Time examines and organizes the hiring process for READ MORE >

Introduction: Hire or Misfire?
A Match Made in Hell
Checking the Hiring Meter
When a Mismatch Occurs
Finding the ‘Perfect Hire’

Part I. Starting Your Search

1. Hiring for Attitude
‘Just Do It’
Identifying Attitude

2. Defining the Job
Analyze Each Task
Skills Ranking
The Legal Side

3. Cover Letters and Résumés: Reading the Fine Print
First Impressions: The Cover Letter
Résumés With Attitude
Résumé Checklist
Interview Questions Culled From a Résumé

4. Legal Minefields in the Hiring Process
Civil Rights Act
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Legal Do’s and Don’ts

Part II. Interviewing: A Six-Step Process

5. Step 1: The Initial Screening Phone Call
Rehearse Before You Call
Before You Begin the Phoners
Receiving Calls From Applicants
Telephone Screening Form
Telephone Evaluation Form

6. Step 2: Testing
Physiological Screening Psychometric Screening
Other Types of Tests
Testing Checklist

7. Step 3: The First In-Person Interview
Interview Countdown
During the Interview
The Best Questions to Ask
Ask the Right Question
Avoid These Mistakes
Caution: Trouble Ahead?
Evaluation Sheet
The Attitude Meter
After the Interview

8. Step 4: Conducting a Second Interview
Explain the Mechanics
Should You ‘Do Lunch’?
Interviewing as a Group
Hiring a Team Player

9. Step 5: Reference/Background Checking
Background: To Check or Not to Check
Getting Beyond ‘No’
Finding the Best References
Streamlining the Process
Interviewing References
Top Reference-Checking Questions
Reference-Checking Resources
Sample Release Form: An Employment Statement
Are They Valuable?

10. Step 6: Negotiating Salary and Benefits
Making an Offer
Employment Contracts
‘It’s a Great Place to Work!’

11. Save Time – Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Conclusion: Not Hit-or-Miss

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