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Checking References: 5 Questions to Ask

February 3rd, 2015

Resumes, phone calls and even interviews may not tell the full story about the quality of a job applicant you have before you. Managers should make a practice of finding out how an employee preformed in the past in order to make a comprehensive hiring decision. Here are 5 questions to ask former employers when checking references.

Photo Credit: kev-shine

Photo Credit: kev-shine

5 Questions to Ask When Checking References

  1. What were the candidate’s main responsibilities at the company?

This question is important to ask in the beginning because it will inform the rest of the conversation. If the employee had responsibilities that were limited or not applicable to the job you are hiring for, this is a big red flag. Read the rest of this entry »

Underperforming Employees: How To Manage Them

June 6th, 2013
Do you know how to handle underperforming employees?

Do you know how to handle underperforming employees?

No business can run the risk of keeping underperforming employees. This is especially true for small and medium sized companies where every employee is valuable and needed at their full potential in order for the business to keep competitive. If you have been noticing some lagging employees at your office, here is a how-to guide to help you get them back on track.

Have your facts straight.  Documenting all the information necessary is an important part of this process. It is much easier to talk to the under performing employee when there is the “evidence” to clarify your reasoning for meeting with them.

Set clear expectations.  Meeting with these types of employees requires that it be done in a confidential setting. Doing so in a private area, like an office rather than in front of everyone, can help the employee feel more comfortable which facilitates open channels of communication.

Provide step-by-step guidance. After meeting with your employee you may realize that some individuals only need direction and assistance in order to improve. This is where your business can create a loyal and dependable employee by Read the rest of this entry »