1st Fact: Interviewing applicants is the most common way companies decide whom to hire. 2nd Fact: Research proves most interviewers do lousy at predicting if an applicant will succeed or flop if hired. 3rd Fact: Research shows that customized pre-employment tests do great at predicting if an applicant may succeed or fail on-the-job. 4th Fact: Since you must interview applicants, even if you use tests, you need to make better predictions based on interviews. If you do not learn how to do this, it will prove hazardous to your wealth! When you hire the wrong person, you will pay a huge price. Your business financially suffers, and you can destroy your management career. WHY MANAGERS DO ROTTEN INTERVIEWS Unfortunately, most managers base hiring decisions on interviewing job applicants. But, most managers do not know what they are doing. They often do not know 1. talents the applicant needs to succeed on-the-job 2. questions to ask 3. how to take useful notes 4. ways to stop applicants from lying about work experience or skills CUSTOMIZE INTERVIEWS FOR EACH JOB Since you still must interview applicants, lets pinpoint how you can conduct useful interviews. Start by listing key talents a productive employee needs in the job. I use a 35-item checklist to help managers identify crucial talents. For example, one company desired to hire better salespeople. Using my checklist, the sales executives chose crucial seven talents their salespeople need to succeed: 1. Mental Abilities 2. Friendliness 3. Persuasiveness 4. Flexible about Following Rules & Procedures 5. Optimism 6. Desire to Make Lots of Money 7. Desire to Control Sales Situations INTERVIEWING MADE VASTLY EASIER With the job talents list, make a customized interview guide form. This helps you conduct an insightful interview. It includes these parts, as shown in the accompanying example: 1. Job-related talents, such as Friendliness and Desire to Make Lots of Money 2. Place to insert test scores, e.g., scores on the Forecaster’ tests Money Motivation scale 3. Actions to look for in the interview. Example: Craves pay linked to his/her productivity 4. Questions to ask. Example: "What inspires you to do a good job?" 5. Note-taking space 6. Ratings: Up arrow = positive rating Sideways arrow = moderate rating Downward arrow = negative rating The accompanying example shows how the interview guides form section for one of the seven job talents: Desire To Make Lots of Money. Example: Section of Interview Guide Form DESIRE TO MAKE LOTS OF MONEY ___ Score on Forecaster’ tests Money Motivation scale = _____ Note: Benchmark scores on Forecaster’ test: 7 – 11 = Up Arrow ___ Enthusiastic about earning commissions or incentive pay ___ Craves pay linked to his/her productivity "When you work each day, what ingredient of your job that you feel most enthusiastic about?" "What inspires you to do a good job?" Rating: Up arrow = positive rating Sideways arrow = moderate rating Downward arrow = negative rating _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ OPEN PANDORAS BOX Your goal is to ask questions that force the applicant to reveal how he or she would perform on-the-job. But, most interviewers ask questions that elicit little worthwhile information. Why? Most interviewers ask closed-ended questions, like Did you like your last job? or Can you do creative problem-solving? Any applicant with an IQ above room temperature knows the correct answer to closed-ended questions. For example, if you ask, Can you do creative problem-solving? applicants will answer Yes even if they have the creativity of a dead insect. Closed-ended questions start with words like Do, Can, Would, or Is. In contrast, skilled interviewers ask open-ended questions. Open-ended questions do not give away the correct answers. Plus, they force applicants to reveal their thoughts, feelings, goals, and experiences. That juicy information enables the interviewer to predict if the applicant may succeed if hired. Open-ended questions start with How, What, Describe, and Tell me. SECRET TIP Few managers know it proves best for two people to simultaneously interview each applicant. This boosts the likelihood of making accurate predictions about the applicant. One interviewer asks 99% of the questions while the second interviewer takes notes on the interview guide form. Both interviewers discuss the applicant after the interview. You will be amazed at how this approach improves interview results. 2 WAYS TO HIRE THE BEST When you buy expensive clothing, like a fine dress or suit, you take it to a tailor who makes the clothing fit perfectly. The same principle holds true when you hire employees. You increase your odds of hiring winners by custom-tailoring your two key prediction methods: (1) tests and (2) interviews. First, do a test benchmarking study on behavior tests and mental ability tests by having your superstar employees take the behavior tests and mental abilities tests? For instance, to hire profitable salespeople, first have your superstar salespeople take the tests. Their scores are benchmarks which you compare against applicants test scores. Second, devise a customized interview guide form for each job. If you are hiring salespeople, customize the interview guide form for your companys salesperson job. Interviewers use the form to ask questions, take notes, and link test scores to interview observations. Remember: Research proves you probably will not hire the best if you only interview applicants. So, customize your tests and interviews and most importantly only hire applicants who rate high on your interviews and tests.
Travel-and-Leisure You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.- Harry Belafonte. When volunteering abroad, your biggest hope is that nothing goes wrong during your experience while in a foreign country, but as fate would have it things can often go wrong, and most likely when you least expect it. It will help you a lot if you are prepared for some likely unfortunate circumstances that you may find yourself in. Here are some guidelines in case you get arrested. A volunteer can get arrested for a number of reasons, ranging in seriousness; one can be arrested for something as simple as a traffic offence, or something more serious like drug possession. Whatever the reason for your arrest, it helps for volunteers to try and not get arrested for blatantly breaking the law of the country you are in. While you are abroad you are subject to the laws of the country you are in, and therefore you have to obey them to the best of your ability. There are some instances where as a volunteer you could be committing a crime and you dont know you are breaking the law. In such cases you cant tell the police officers that you didnt know you are committing a crime, as ignorance of the law is not a defense. For example chewing of gum in Malaysia is a crime and the punishment is a few days in prison or a hefty fine. To avoid this from happening it is advisable to be properly oriented about the rules and regulations of a certain place. If you are not sure of the rules ask for some help from the locals who will guide you. If you are in a country and you dont speak the native tongue it will be hard for you to explain yourself. When you commit a crime, the police will arrest you despite of the fact that you are a foreigner and they wont extend you the courtesy to try and speak to you in a language in which you understand. As most of the police officers wont be able to communicate with you effectively and hence defending yourself could be an issue. In such extreme cases ask for permission to call one of the local people who is your friend and who would help with the translation. If arrested, first thing you should do is contact your embassy or high commission office. Officers from your embassy will help get in touch with your emergency contacts, and in some instances help you get a local lawyer who understands and speaks your language. This is one of your rights, so do not be afraid to ask for legal representation. Always try and be polite and not lose your cool while dealing with the local or arresting officers, especially if you have been arrested for a minor offence, this can help you come to a speedier and simpler resolution and release, also ask if you can be released on bond while the issue is being resolved. If arrested abroad, ensure that proper documentation is provided for all the belongings that were in your possession when arrested, make sure nothing incriminating has been added to the list of your belongings, also ensure that you thoroughly check your personal effects when released to make sure that nothing is missing. One more thing to look out for if arrested while volunteering abroad is to make sure you do not put your signature on anything that you have not thoroughly read, and if possible gotten some legal advice on, you do not need to make things any more worse for yourself About the Author:
UnCategorized As with many other things, when it comes to buying group health insurance, there is strength in numbers. And big numbers have traditionally gotten the best deals. Currently, a large number of individuals in Dallas, Houston and throughout Texas obtain coverage through their employers. Many of those employers are large companies with strong-arm power at the insurance bargaining table. If you’re a small-business owner, however, there is no reason to feel left out. The Small-Group Market Small-group refers to the number of employees in a given company. It can be as many as 100, but is most often two to 50. In this market, health insurance prices have traditionally been based on two factors: Projected costs of medical services in a given geographic area Projected utilization of services Projected costs can vary dramatically from area to area based on local medical practices, local prices, and whatever price discounts the insurance company has been able to negotiate with local providers. After calculating projected costs, the insurance company adjusts the costs for the expected utilization level of your particular group. Insurance companies estimate utilization of services based on factors ranging from the medical history of your employees and their dependents to age and gender. These details affect plan premiums for you and your employees. If a member of your staff is considered a greater risk, the group will usually pay a higher premium for insurance coverage. Why underwriting is important The majority of small-group health insurance companies use a process called underwriting. An underwriter analyzes risk factors (including the medical history of each individual) to estimate potential claims and determine a group’s premium rate. The insurer’s goal? To offer coverage at a fair price and to ensure adequate income to pay for future claims and expenses. Small business coverage options. Whether you are a small company or a Fortune 500 giant, you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth from a health plan. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each choice when selecting a plan. While premiums vary among different carriers, recognize that there can be substantial differences in the benefits provided and in the amount your employees must pay out-of-pocket for services. Things to Think about Regarding Small Business Coverage. When you start searching for a health care provider for your company, these are things you should consider: 1. What information do I need to collect to get a quote? All insurance companies will need a census of your employees that includes the number of employees, their age and gender, and the age and gender of all dependents to be covered. In addition, based on your number of employees and the practices of the insurance company, some insurance companies will ask each of your employees to fill out a medical questionnaire. They will also need your company’s inception date and the effective date of coverage. 2. Half of my employees are insured elsewhere. What should I do? This is a challenge for small business owners. If one of your employees has a spouse who has family coverage where he or she works, your employee may be covered on that policy, and not interested in the health insurance plan you offer. If you want to offer a group plan, be aware that your insurer may require you to cover all or most all of your employees. An alternative solution may be found in the individual health insurance market. 3. Can I purchase and offer individual plans to my employees? Yes, but generally, with individual plans, your employees would be subject to individual underwriting. An employee who needs the coverage may not be eligible. 4. Do I need both group health insurance and workers’ compensation insurance? Group Health is optional; workers’ compensation is usually required. In Texas, employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance, which generally pays for medical expenses and loss of income for employee injuries that are work-related. Most health insurance plans specifically exclude work-related injuries. If you’re a sole proprietor, partner, or officer of a small corporation, you may not be covered automatically by your workers’ compensation policy. If this is the case, you must determine whether your own health insurance has an exclusion for work-related injuries; you could have a gap in your own coverage. Generally, most business owners should consider electing to cover themselves under workers’ compensation if that option is available in their state. Check with your own insurance company for more information. About the Author:
Automobiles A Whelen LED light bar comes from the company founded by George W. Whelen back in 1952 to produce audio-visual warning devices. The Whelen Engineering Company is based in Connecticut and consists of four divisions and a subsidiary. Your Whelen LED light bar is produced by the company’s automotive division, responsible for lights and sirens of all kinds, including public address systems, all either mounted or unmounted. The other divisions oversee products intended for industrial settings, the aviation industry, and mass alerts. Thus public address systems, omnidirectional sirens, and related hardware falls under their Mass Notification Products Division, while aircraft and airport directional lighting and warning equipment are handled by the Aviation Division. The Whelen LED light bar is one of the company’s newest products, capitalizing on advanced LED or Light Emitting Diode technology. Modern LED lighting is power high powered and highly efficient. One of their chief advantages is providing for both color and motion without sacrificing clarity, all while offering long operational lives. They are now even found in television sets, brightly illuminating screens while preserving a sharp level of detail and a range of robust colors. These days, LEDs are the lighting of choice for emergency vehicles. LED lights used to be found primarily in electronics, serving as status indicators, but increased performance in recent years has lead – no pun intended – to their being found in almost any product, from flashlights and stage lights to recreational and decorative lighting such as those found on vehicles and holiday displays. Today’s LEDS offer a wide variety of colors in a wide variety of voltages, with vibration-resistant solid-state electronics and very low levels of heat emission. Perfect! It makes a difference as to what is being used for economical safety as well as efficiency. LEDs are now being used throughout the entire continent for several purposes. Technology has become so advanced that LED lights can now be attached to various types of piercings. Some rock stars or metal bands create an attracting music video using these piercings such as tongue ring LEDs which gives the effect of illuminating only the internal part of the mouth. This may actually become a trend soon however it is only one of the many examples that are out there. Most of those characteristics are just perfect for the needs of emergency response vehicles, law enforcement in particular. Lights and sirens are the most important innovations to hit the patrol car since Motorola first installed radios in them back in the 1920s. Since then, the only invention of comparable influence has been sirens and beacons – now replaced with lightbars, and LED-based ones at that. The growth of stealth and semi-stealth police vehicles, however, means that many cars do without visible lightbars altogether in a bid to remain undercover. In the case of unmarked cars, internal lightbars may be installed that are illuminated (and thus visible) only when turned on. Semi-stealth patrol cars, particularly those involved in traffic enforcement, have also adopted similar arrangements. About the Author:
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