Hiring Horror Story Part IV: Bad Driving Record Check (Attorney with suspended license—DUI—Vaco)

[Phone rings] Ann: “HOCUS POCUS.” Customer [takes a beat]: “That’s a modern-day Halloween classic!” Ann: “Yup. Good background checks aren’t magic. But they might seem like it.” Customer [groans]: “Oh man that was cheesy.” Ann [hangs stuffed bat and broom on outside the office door, puts candy on table]: “I feel like a bubbling caldron…

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Hiring Horror Story Part III: Bad Employment Check

[Phone rings] Ann: “I GOT A ROCK.” Customer [takes a beat]: “Is that from the Peanuts Halloween Special?” Ann: “Yup. Poor old Charlie Brown.” Customer: “Yeah, of course, Linus was in the pumpkin patch all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin.” Ann [turns on the fairy lights on her battery-powered Halloween sweater]: “You got time…

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Hiring Horror Story Part II: Bad Reference Check

[Phone rings] Ann: “TRICK OR TREAT!” Customer [takes a beat]: “Still feeling festive?” Ann: “Well, yeah. Cutting Edge, Ann speaking.” Customer: “I know where you can’t tell a scary story.” Ann [takes large swallow of her pumpkin spice latte]: “Try me.” Customer: “References. Everyone can find a coupla decent references.” Ann [turns off office light,…

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Hiring Horror Story Part I: A Bad Criminal Check

[Phone rings] Ann: “BOO!” Customer [takes a beat] Ann: “Sorry, feeling festive. Cutting Edge, Ann speaking.” Customer: “Are you a fan of horror movies?” Ann: “Stephen King books keep me at night.” [Believes it has nothing to do with 8 cups of coffee] Customer: “I’m feeling festive, too. Why don’t you spin us a yarn…

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