Job growth has slowed significantly. Although 245,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in November, these gains are weak in comparison to October (610,000), September (711,000), August (1.5 million), July (1.8 million), June (4.8 million), and May (2.7 million). The number of unemployed persons fell to 10.7 million in November from 11 million in October. This is about 4.9 million higher than its February level.
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It’s unfortunate when candidates choose to lie or exaggerate, and many do so either on their resume or in person, according to Eric Barton of BBC.com. Forming your impression of someone solely based on how he or she answers your questions isn’t foolproof or scientific. The challenge in your hiring process is how to really get to know your candidates and uncover any lies before actually hiring them to work alongside your team.
Fortunately, there is a proven method called behavioral interviewing that, while not entirely foolproof, really can help you get an accurate picture of who your candidate is. It’s based on the premise that a person’s past performance is the best predictor of future behavior. Asking open-ended questions that begin with, “Tell me about a time when…”, an interviewer can avoid giving away the answer he or she wants to hear, and avoid receiving hypothetical answers that don’t reveal how the candidate is truly likely to behave.
2021 is here and as you know, we’re not out of the woods yet. 140,000 jobs were lost in December due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the efforts to contain it. And at 10.7 million the number of unemployed people is still about 4.9 million higher than its February 2020 level.