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  • Build your own Online Application Form in Less than Five Minutes
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  • Thinking of Hiring Minors? Read This First!
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  • How to Write Interview Questions
    This worksheet will help you design interview questions for a job. You’ll start by identifying the Essential Functions and the Preferred Functions of the job. Then for each function, you’ll identify the competencies one must have to perform it.
  • Hiring 101
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  • Reference Checking
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