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Do Not Ask: "Why hasn't anyone hired you yet?"
There have been recent reports about employers refusing to hire unemployed applicants due to the assumption that desirable candidates weren't the ones who were laid off. The reality is that the economy, while in recovery, has more applicants than there are available jobs in some industries. Even if a candidate was let go from another company, he could be a great fit with yours. If you have legitimate concerns about a candidate's past performance, check references or employ him via a trial-to-hire period.
--Tiffany Black and Lauren Cannon