Can I restrict my hiring to only candidates that are currently employed?
Yes you can, but I am interested in why you think it would be viable selection criteria for a candidate. Please respond as there may be something that I haven't considered. However, I can't imagine that I would ever recommend this approach as there are many talented people available for work and you would be overlooking an entire candidate pool for reasons not related to skill and experience. Unemployment does not necessarily mean a lack of talent, skill, work ethic, or even performance. That is a poor assumption. I always set up my recruiting process to find the best candidate based on job-related criteria and I would want to consider the most qualified candidates as possible.
We've had several negative experiences with unemployed candidates lying about their previous work experience and whether or not they are currently employed. In fact, it's been so extreme that it's occurred with all of the unemployed candidates we've considered. Once the lie comes to light, we remove them from the candidate pool. I realize this may be an anomaly but I feel that, based on our experience, it may be easier to only consider employed candidates from here on out.
Posted on Oct 1, 2010
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