Mel Kleiman Making Interviewing Meaningful

In HR Daily Advisor, consultant Mel Kleiman offers tips for interviewing and hiring the right people.

  • Try this interview question, Kleiman suggests: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate yourself (on skills … teamwork … whatever)? 8.5? What makes you an 8.5? What would it take to get you to rate a 9?
  • Never write down something negative at the time the applicants say it, says Kleiman. They are watching your body language, they will be unnerved, and they won’t share anything else. It’s a better tactic to wait until the applicant says something positive, and then write down the negative thing, Kleiman suggests.
  • “Tell me about your last job” is a good question, Kleiman says, but it’s for the phone screen. At the interview, ask, “Tell me about the first thing you did to earn money.” “And then you moved on …?” This will be much more interesting than what the person says about the most recent job.
  • Absolute number one source of great employees—those who have left the company and come back. Kleiman asks, Do you have a process for staying in touch with former employees?
  • Don’t hire for skills, hire for talent.
  • Kleiman’s formula for understanding how important it is to hire eagles, not turkeys:  3 bad workers = 1 OK worker
    • 3 OK workers= 1 good worker
    • 3 good workers = 1 great worker

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Winner Announced

Congratulations to Will Newton of H & W Printing in Marietta, Georgia for winner first place in our first College Pick Em Pool.   His win was slightly over second place winner, Mike Wetherington with Lockwood Quality Demolition in Jacksonville, Florida.  Both will enjoy a week’s stay at our beautiful retreats in Maggie Valley, North Carolina and Kissimmee, Florida.  Enjoy!

OSHA releases Top 10 Violations

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While the violations on the annual OSHA Top 10 list don’t typically change from year to year, experts say they should serve as a reminder to employers to learn how they can appropriately apply the safety standards in their workplaces.

The preliminary annual list of OSHA’s most frequently cited workplace safety violations was released at a recent meeting of the National Safety Council. They are:

  • Fall protection — general requirements (1926.501). Total violations: 7,250.
  • Hazard communication (1910.1200). Total violations: 4,696.
  • Scaffolding (1926.451). Total violations: 3,814.
  • Respiratory protection (1910.134). Total violations: 2,371.
  • Ladders (1926.1053). Total violations: 2,310.
  • Machine guarding (1910.212). Total violations: 2,097.
  • Powered industrial trucks (1910.178). Total violations: 1,993.
  • Electrical — wiring methods (1910.305). Total violations: 1,744.
  • Lockout/tagout (1910.147). Total violations: 1,572.
  • Electrical — general requirements (1910.303). Total violations: 1,332

source: Risk and Insurance Online

FUTA Credit Reductions in 2012

Bloomberg BNA (11/26/12) Vanessa Walts

Employers in some states could pay more in unemployment taxes in 2012 due to the states’ failure to repay federal loans. Employers in affected states would have to pay additional taxes by January 31, 2013.

Employers pay federal unemployment tax (FUTA) on the first $7,000 of income earned by each employee. The FUTA tax rate of 6% (as of July 1, 2011) is offset by a 5.4% credit if employers pay into their state unemployment tax fund. As a result, the net FUTA tax for most employers is 0.6%. Full Story Available

Minimum Wage Increases 2013

On January 1st minimum wage will increase in ten states including Colorado, Florida, and Missouri. These increases are in place to help adjust for inflation increases in various states.  Click here for state specific changes. 


Top Immigration Mistakes Employers Made in 2012

JDSupra (11/21/12) Shannon R. Stevenson

The U.S. Department of Labor required companies to pay civil penalties, fines, and back wages for a number of errors made this year with regard to immigrant workers, making it important for employers to conduct immigration self-audits to avoid making the same mistakes. Some of the most common mistakes include failing to pay the proper wages to H-1B workers, by requiring them to pay H-1B government filing fees; failing to comply with state E-Verify laws; and neglecting to inform employees of how to contest initial data mismatches in E-Verify, causing the system to issue an erroneous final response deeming the employee unauthorized to work in the U.S. Companies also violated Form I-9 document rules by failing to properly complete Forms I-9 or requiring noncitizen employees to provide more or different documents and submit to a more extensive review process than U.S. citizen.     Full Story Available