Hiring Wisdom: What If We Had to Tell Applicants the Whole Truth?

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This post was inspired by a call I just took from a local charity, the Texas Highway Patrol Association, looking to raise money for officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

A while ago, I learned to ask anyone who calls from a charity one question: “How are the funds distributed?” It seems the law requires them to answer honestly.

In this case, the answer was that 20 percent actually goes to officers and 80 percent goes to support fund raising and administrative costs. With a little more research, I found out that one of their campaigns raised over $1.8 million for an officer killed in the line of duty. The officer’s family got only $12,500.

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Wouldn’t it be interesting if the law required applicants to tell the truth during interviews and, as importantly, if hiring managers and HR folks were required to tell applicants the truth about the company, the job, and the manager?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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4 Comments on “Hiring Wisdom: What If We Had to Tell Applicants the Whole Truth?

  1. I ahve learned another interesting thing about those types of calls. Yuor donations are not always tax deductilbe so I’ve also started asking them before I agree to make a donation.

  2. I am sharing this in our next supervisor’s meeting. What would be said about you as a manager/supervisor/business partner
    , if such a requirement were in place?

  3. Yes, it would be interesting. I remember a lawsuit involving a man who quit his current job to go and work for a company that the reps told him was doing really well. Come to find out that the company was doing lousy, and he ended up being laid off. He sued for fraud, and if I’m recalling correctly, his fiancee also sued, because she quit her job to follow him. I can’t remember the outcome, but there you go. Honesty is still a pretty good policy.

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