Are You Interviewing the Right Way?


Many organizations are still dealing with a labor shortage. Everyone is competing for top talent. Your managers need to lead successful interviews, or you risk losing the top candidates who meet with you. Having managers lead interviews without proper training can also open your company up to liability issues, costing you time and money. Working with an expert in hiring practices, like Employco, can ensure that your hiring managers are properly interviewing candidates. Here are some best practices for conducting successful interviews.

Be Prepared
Outside of your job posting and your website, this is your candidate’s first impression of your company. They are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them. Be proactive before the interview even starts. Let the candidate know who will be in the interview. Share the time and place. Let them know where to go and who to ask for once they get there.

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Here Are the 25 Questions You Can’t Ask in Job Interviews Anymore

HR expert offers revealing take on what questions should be off-limit in interviews

Interview Questions

In September 2021, All of Us or None vs. Hamrick was denied a review by the California Supreme Court. Now, the bill is up for a vote once again. If a review is once again denied, then California will continue to prevent employers from asking for job applicants’ date of birth and/or driver’s license numbers.

“By preventing employers from asking for DOB or DL numbers, it makes it much more difficult and time-consuming to do any kind of background check on job applicants,” says Rob Wilson, HR expert and President of Employco USA, an employment solutions firm based in Chicagoland with locations across the country.

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Bye, Bye to Your Employees? New Survey Finds That 40% Of Full-Time Workers Are Considering Going Freelance

Employment trends expert weighs in on new findings and what employers can do to reduce the ever-rising employee attrition rate

Last April, a report from Gartner HR predicted that the annual turnover of U.S. employees would increase by a full 20% this year. Now, a new survey from professional development company Kantata shows that 4 out of 10 full-time American employees are seeking to go freelance.

“The Kantata survey shows that flexibility and freedom are the new must-haves for employees,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, an employment solutions firm with locations across the country. “The pandemic is partially behind this new drive for more autonomy. Results showed that 60% of American workers say that working remotely became more attractive to them recently.”

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Building a Strong Company Culture

Strong Company Culture

66% of those looking for new jobs consider company culture and values to be an important factor when considering an organization and most successful companies have a strong company culture. Company culture is the shared values, mission, ethics, and expectations of an organization. It affects every part of your organization from leadership styles to goals and expectations, the work environment, communication policies, and even branding. It is evident in how decisions are made and how employees interact with each other and your customers. Here are four things to consider when building a strong company culture.

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No NDAs or Non-Competes: Massive Workplace Changes Afoot as Employees Have All the Power

Employment trends expert says that Microsoft is not the only company trying to enhance the employee experience

Employee Experience

Microsoft just made international headlines after they revealed four new workplace initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining talent. The tech giant says they will no longer require employees to sign non-disclosure agreements or non-competes. In addition, Microsoft is committing to pay transparency for new hires and to confidentiality agreements in dispute resolution, aimed at making sure that employees feel safer coming forward about misconduct.

“What we are seeing is a complete shift in the way companies like Microsoft are approaching their staff and the traditional workplace hierarchy,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations around the country. “Employers have lost a lot of their upper hand in the last 2 years. Employees have options, and they are making it very clear that they realize this.”

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Bye, Bye Boss! Jobs Report Shows 4.5M People Quit in November

Employment trends expert examines reasons behind Great Resignation and what employers can do

The Great ResignationThe Great Resignation just became the Greatest Resignation. The January jobs report reveals that a record number of people quit their positions in November… 4.5 million of them, in fact.

Is it true that people just don’t want to work, or what can explain the millions of people who have decided they no longer need gainful employment?

Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a nationwide employment solutions firm with clients across the country, weighs in:

“While much of the media focus has been on the fact that white-collar workers are turning in their proverbial keycards, this latest jobs report actually reveals that it is low-wage workers who are quitting in the millions,” says Wilson. “Sectors like food service and hospitality are the ones who have been hit hardest by the Great Resignation.”

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The Missing American Worker: Why Americans Keep Quitting Their Jobs

Employment trends expert weighs in

Missing WorkersAmericans are continuing to leave their jobs in droves. The number of people who quit their positions has skyrocketed to a record-high 4.3 million.

“According to the latest jobs report, there are 10+ million job openings, but only 194k Americans have recently taken a new position,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm. “Hiring managers around the country are scratching their heads, wondering: Where is everyone?”

Wilson says the disappearing American worker can be attributed to several factors.

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Preventing Employee Turnover During a Burnout Pandemic

HR expert advises on how to safeguard your company against the ‘Great Resignation’

Employee BurnoutNew research shows that employee burnout rose sharply in 2021, with a recent survey showing that only 25% of employers say that they believe their workers have been mentally engaged and productive in the past year. And 41% of workers worldwide say that they are considering quitting their current posts and finding a new job or a new industry altogether.

Employee turnover is at a record high right now. The ‘Great Resignation’ has left companies scrambling to find staff, with many workers rebelling against the prototypical 9-to-5 work model,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employee trends expert. “The pandemic gave many people a taste of a different schedule and a different way of structuring their lives. Now that it’s time to return to a new version of the old normal, many workers just aren’t interested.”

Wilson says that employers need to be cognizant of the fact that COVID has irrevocably changed the way many people look at their work/life balance.

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Starting Today, ‘Ban the Box’ Amendment Goes into Effect in NYC

Employment expert speaks on the Fair Chance Act and what employers need to know

Ban the BoxToday New York City’s “Ban the Box” Amendment officially went into effect. The amendment offers new protections for job applicants with a criminal history.  And effective Dec. 31st, states across the country will be required to follow suit.

“Currently, 35 states, along with Washington D.C. and several cities, have ‘Ban the Box’ regulations in place. Corporations like Starbucks and Facebook also have similar hiring regulations in place,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employment trends expert. “But come December, this is will be the first time that a federal amendment is put into place protecting the 70 million Americans who have a criminal offense in their past.”

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What Raising the Minimum Wage Could Mean for the Hospitality Industry

Employment trends expert explains why increasing the min. wage could have a negative impact on workers 

Minimum WageWith Inauguration Day upon us, many people are looking ahead at the first steps President-elect Joe Biden plans to take when he gets into office. One of his first major proposals (which Biden introduced last Thursday in his $1.9 trillion relief package) will be to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.

However, this proposal to dramatically increase the minimum wage is receiving pushback from critics who say this could spell the end for struggling small businesses who are already struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Asking small business owners to begin paying their employees $15 an hour will be a hardship that could break many companies,” says employment trends expert Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, an employment solutions firm with locations across the country.

Wilson says that the minimum wage hike will also lead to more job loss as business owners continue to invest in automation over workers.

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