How Companies Hire Employees

How do companies hire employees? Hiring, from the job applicant perspective, includes several steps. From the time you apply for a job until the time you accept a job offer, you will go through a series of steps as you progress through the from completing a job application to coming on board as a new employee.

Here's information on each step in the hiring process, including applying for jobs, , , , and , along with tips and advice on each step in the hiring process.

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The first step in the hiring process is, of course, to apply for jobs and to get your application into contention for the jobs you are interested in.

Depending on the organization and the job, you may apply online, email a resume and cover letter, or apply in-person.

Here's  for applying for a job, including how to apply , how to fill out a job application, how to write , and tips and advice for applying for jobs.

 

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Once you have applied, applicant tracking systems are used by many employers to process job applications and to manage the hiring process.

Applicant tracking systems provide an automated way for companies to manage the , from receiving applications to hiring employees. These computer systems also screen applications to help employers determine which applicants they will interview for a job.

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Some companies test applicants for employment to determine if the candidate is a good match for the jobs they are hiring for. Companies who conduct (talent assessments) are seeking applicants that match their hiring criteria.

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Many companies have an involved starting , followed by in-person interviews, , and even . Here's information , along with advice on the best way to handle each type of interview as you progress up the interview ladder towards a job offer.

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Even though it may seem like a lot of work, especially when you have gone to multiple interviews, it's important to follow up after each step in the interview process. In fact, the most important thing you can do is to follow up and reiterate your interest in the position and to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.

Whether it's an email or l, reiterating your interest in the position and the company is always a good idea.

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There are several types of drugs tests that candidates for employment may be asked to take. The which show or alcohol include , hair drug or alcohol testing, saliva drug screen, and sweat drug screen.

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You may receive a job offer contingent on a background check and/or a credit check. Or, a background check may be conducted prior to a company offering a job. What the company learns during the background check could result in you not getting a job offer or in the .

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Companies are running credit checks on job applicants more often and are using that credit information as part of the process when making hiring decisions. An employment credit report includes identifying information, including name, address, previous addresses, and social security number.

also shows the debt you have incurred your payment history, including late payments. Do keep in mind that some states and local municipalities have and placed restrictions on how the information can be utilized by employers.

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At some point during your job search, a potential employer will request references. Typically, it will be when the company is seriously interested in you as a potential hire.

It's important to be prepared to provide who can attest to the skills and qualifications that you have for the job you are applying for.

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 How long does the hiring process last? How much does time does it take from when you apply to when you (hopefully) get a job offer or find out you won't get the job?

It varies. You may get contacted right away, interview almost immediately, and get a job offer quickly. In other cases, the hiring process can be lengthy and time-consuming. 

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When you have made it through the challenging hiring process, the final step will be . Before you accept, it's important to evaluate the compensation and , consider whether you want to make a or negotiate salary, and then accept (or reject) the job offer.

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The final step in the hiring process is completing the paperwork you will need to come on board as an employee of the company. The forms you will need to complete include eligibility to work forms, , and company-specific paperwork.