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IV. Miscellaneous

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[Getting the Job Part I: Preparation]
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[Getting the Job Part III: Interviewing]

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Employment Applications

•  Completing job application forms
Some companies use the application form itself as an employment test. Even though most companies don’t do this, the impression you make with your application form may be a lasting one. So, take it seriously, be prepared, and take your time to do it right.

•  Employment applications
No matter when the application is requested, it is an important job search tool. It provides an opportunity to sell your qualifications. The completed application may be the first impression the employer has of you.

•  Can the conditions of employment be stated in the application?
Yes. The prospective employee who signs the application acknowledges his or her consent to these conditions.

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Pre-Employment Tests

•  Exams and testing
Being asked to take a test is a good sign, because employers do not waste the time and money on testing someone they are not interested in.

•  Pre-employment tests: Proof that you have the right stuff for the job
Employers are increasingly relying on preemployment tests to determine which job candidates best fit their job openings.

•  Use of pre-employment tests in selection procedures
A look at pre-employments tests from an employer's perspective.

•  Don't let screening tests scare you
Today, many companies are using pre-employment testing in their hiring process. Although this type of testing is becoming increasingly common, most people visibly cringe at the mention of an oral or written pre-employment test.

•  Pre-employment screening tools
Employers are asking the question "How can we be certain this is a smart investment?" These are some of the tools they're relying on to provide them with the answers.

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•  Drug testing and other possible conditions of employment
While some may consider drug testing, credit checks, reference checks, and other pre-employment checks to be Gestapo-like in their usage, they are often considered a requirement of many companies.

•  Passing the tests: Drawing the line with prospective employers
It's nervewracking to interview for a new job. And it can be even more unnerving when a job offer depends on passing a test such as those for drug and alchohol use. Find out when and whether they are legal.

•  Screening methods used in crucial hiring decisions
Tandy is one of many companies using personality tests to screen potential employees and assess their work habits. Employers say the tests, which consist of either written exams or face-to-face interviews, are good indicators of future job performance.

•  Psychological testing need not be feared
Although psychological testing is a great tool for employers, the process can be terrifying for some people. Without knowing what to expect, candidates incorrectly envision everything from a psychiatrist's couch to a mental ward.

•  Genetic testing worms its way into firms' screening processes
Some employers are advocating that applicants and employees be genetically screened to determine whether they have a predisposition to contracting occupational disorders.

•  Genetic tests: New grounds for discrimination
While there have been no population-wide surveys of genetic bias, many people
have reportedly suffered discrimination after being identified as having, or being
at risk for, an inherited disease.

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Background Checks

•  Employment background checks: A job seeker's guide
Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information gathered by the employer in a background check.

•  Cracking the code of silence
pplying for a job? Be prepared for full disclosure. Potential employers may have used a background check to answer questions they couldn't ask.

•  Errors in Web background checks can derail job seekers
Since many employers do not disclose what sort of background checks they use, it is hard to know exactly how they conduct them. But one thing is for sure: the scrutiny of job applicants has intensified in recent years.

•  10 checks for job applicant's background
From a potential employer's perspective, 10 searches they may conduct on you and other job applicants.

•  Can potential employers check your credit?
You bet they can. Many employers now do routine credit checks on employees and job applicants, relying on the same credit bureau files used by companies that issue credit cards and make loans.

•  Job sleuths
Employment specialists estimate that anywhere from 25 to 80 percent of resumes harbor some degree of embellishment. But that little white -- or big fat -- lie on a resume or application form won't go undetected these days, thanks to the growing use of background screening.

•  How credit checks can affect your job hunt
It isn't uncommon for employers to request a copy of your credit report.

Remedies for job hunters' credit check headaches
A job hunter with a tarnished credit record who needs a quick fix won't get it by rushing to a credit counseling service.

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