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The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing
2/8/2009
During the interview process it is imperative to avoid questions concerning race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status. Improper questions made during the interview process, even if the questions were made innocently and without intention to discriminate, may lead to legal hot water.
 
Here are several sample interview questions further elucidating what is acceptable:
 
INAPPROPRIATE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
  • What is the nationality of your parents or spouse?
  • What religious holidays do you observe?
  • Do you plan to marry?
  • Do you plan to have children?
  • Did you ever have any other names from the one you are using now?
 
APPROPRIATE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (as long as they are job related):
  • Are you eligible to work in the US?
  • What foreign languages do you speak?
  • Are there any other names which your employment may be verified?
  • Do you have any family, business or social obligations that would prevent you from working consistently or overtime or prevent you from traveling?
Never stray from questions that are directly related to a person’s ability to do the job. When in doubt, don’t ask. By keeping this in mind, an interviewer will be able to move beyond legal concerns and focus on the candidate’s ability to be successful in the position.
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So, how is the market?
2/7/2009

Interestingly enough, Accountants One is swamped on the Direct Hire side. In fact, within the past months we’ve been part of two of biggest deals of our 36 year history. What is happening is that companies who are able to afford a very specific upper-level search are taking advantage of this economy.

We have found that companies are still valuing talent; however, they are not willing to hire unless they are certain of the fit from both the technical and corporate culture standpoint. This has slowed the process somewhat, but people are still hiring. In fact, last week I was honored to talk with Duffie Dixon from Channel 11 News regarding this trend. click here to view.

Unfortunately, companies are not utilizing the contract and staffing resources that this market provides. We’ve seen our pool of contractors decrease to roughly 70% of our usual volume. Many companies are holding off or canceling projects and absorbing any extra work that would usually be taken on by a temporary.

While I have no idea how long companies can hold out, at some point they will need employees to absorb the work from those who have made it through the rash of lay-offs. If history holds true, that means that companies will take advantage of the flexible workforce that is offered through contractors. Further, if history holds true, staffing on both the Accountants One Contract side and the WATERS Organization’s Office Professional side will act as a leading economic indicator.

I remember coming out of the economic dip in 2001 – we saw steady increases in the need for Contract staff. Within a few months we saw these numbers reflected in the stock market and then the overall economy. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that we’ll see this trend sooner than later.

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