Tag Archives: screening job applicants

Hiring the No. 2 Guy on al-Qaeda’s Hit List: An Uber-Example of Limitations in Employee Background Checks

If you recently used Uber in Florida, did you check to see if your driver was Terry Jones? If Mr. Jones’ name or his significance is not immediately apparent to you, don’t worry, Uber apparently had no clue either. The Washington Post reported¬†(by Faiz Siddiqui) that Uber hired Terry Jones. He is the (in)famous preacher … Continue Reading

One Company’s Policy for Preventing “Bad” Hires: Seven “Non-Negotiables”

David K. Williams and Mary Michelle Scott are CEO and President, respectively, of Fishbowl. They recently offered the unique interview approach their company uses to hire job applicants, Seven “Non-Negotiables” to Prevent a Bad Hire. The Non-Negotiables for New Hires Mr. Williams and Ms. Scott explain that their company screens candidates using a list of personal … Continue Reading

Requiring Employees or Job Applicants to Turn Over Facebook Passwords? Three Reasons Why This is a Horrible Idea

Increasingly, employers are asking prospective or current employees to turn over their Facebook passwords in order to review their profiles.   In response to this increase some states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland, have proposed legislation to ban such conduct.  Facebook recently interjected its position on this topic when its Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, noted … Continue Reading

Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants – A Few Recommendations for Employers

Certainly social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and Twitter provide employers with opportunities to obtain useful, legitimate, and relevant information about a job applicant. But the above Dilbert comic by Scott Adams underscores that there are also risks in using such social media outlets to screen job applicants.   Specifically, if employers use social media … Continue Reading

Can An Employer Ask a Job Applicant … The Nuts & Bolts of Legal Preemployment Inquiries

Employers, HR professionals, and job applicants generally understand that there are questions that can be asked during the interview process and there are questions that cannot be asked because they violate state and federal employment statutes. For example, under Michigan law, an employer may not “use a written or oral inquiry or form of application … Continue Reading
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