Sneaky things some hiring managers have admitted to doing to weed out candidates

(WXYZ) – Most of us have been through the hiring process, and as you know, it can be extremely stressful.

But, thanks to help from LearnVest.com, we learned some of the sneaky things some hiring managers have done to weed out job candidates—and some of these things are borderline illegal!

Since hiring managers aren’t allowed to ask if you have kids, some have admitted to setting out fake photos of children. They do this to lure you into talking about your own kids. Some managers will weed out parents over fears they may want extra time off to go to their kids’ games and events.

Best Idea: Don’t comment on any photos in case you’re being set up.

Many hiring managers will also look for wedding bands. This especially applies to people applying for entry-level positions. This could be a sign that you may be getting ready to start a family, and some hiring managers don’t want to deal with giving you time off for maternity or paternity leave.

Best Idea: Leave your wedding band at home on the day of the interview.

Another trick—many hiring managers actually lean towards hiring someone that currently has a job. This is because if you’ve been unemployed too long, they may worry there’s something wrong with you instead of the economy.

Best Idea: If you suddenly lose your job, it’s a good idea to start volunteering, do some charity work, or further your education so you have a good excuse for that gap on your resume.

To hear more of the sneaky things hiring managers have admitted to doing, check out the LearnVest website .

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Reliance One to Attend Michigan Minority Procurement Conference

April 25, 2012, Auburn Hills, MI – Reliance One, Inc. will be in attendance at the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference on May 3rd at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI.  We will be located at Booth #250 (near Nissan and Volkswagen) to unveil our new brand: “We Build Teams” and “Solving Staffing Challenges.”  It is an exciting time for Reliance One and we are ecstatic to be a part of the conference.  We look forward to growing our existing relationships, as well as establishing new partnerships at the event.

“We just opened a new 22,000 square foot building in Auburn Hills, to help sustain our growth and I just moved into a National Sales role for the company.  In this market, there has been substantial growth in the employment sector.  As a result, a lot of the companies out there are struggling to find qualified candidates . . . much needed to help their company grow.  We can help based on our ROI Advantage.  It is a strategic approach to staffing.  It yields results and our clients are able to meet their hiring obligations and increase their bottom line,” said Chad Toms, National Sales Manager.

Stop by our booth and we will share with you what we are all about.

Reliance One Education Fund Scholarship

Auburn Hills, Mich., April 16, 2012 – Reliance One, Inc. announces they are working in conjunction with Avondale Education Foundation to create the Reliance One Education Fund Scholarship launching for the graduating seniors at Avondale High School.  The scholarship, which donates $1000 to one senior who plans to pursue a business degree, preferably with emphasis in entrepreneurship, will be awarded on May 23rd at the Honors and Awards Banquet. “Fortunately we are in a position to help out a deserving student that will hopefully use their Entrepreneurial mindset to create new businesses and jobs here in Michigan.” said, Jim Paquette – Vice President of Reliance One, Inc.

Greater Detroit IT/ Engineer Career Fair

Auburn Hills, Mich., April 17, 2012 – Reliance One will be attending the Greater Detroit Engineering and IT Career Fairs at the Troy Marriott, Wednesday, April 18. This is an opportunity to build our network of potential candidates. We can expand our pool of employees and delve into a resource of IT and Engineer based work. The event, which is from 10am to 5pm, will explore a variety of potential and promises to be a valuable experience. “We are seeing a tremendous need by our clients for qualified engineering and IT professionals to fill their job openings.  The opportunity to speak directly with job seekers and discuss their career aspirations is a great way for Reliance One to connect talented professionals with our clients’ needs,” said Rob Wicker, Senior Account Executive.

7 Things You Should Never Do During An Interview

Donna FuscaldoGlassdoor | Apr. 10, 2012, 12:04 PM | 427,491 | 108

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With the job market extremely tight, even the small stuff counts, especially when you’re on a job interview. That’s why it’s so important not to say or do the wrong things, since that first impression could end up being the last one.

With that in mind, here are seven deadly sins of job interviewing.

1. Don’t Be Late To the Interview

Even if you car broke down or the subway derailed, do everything you can to get to that job interview on time.

“If you have a legitimate excuse it’s still hard to bounce back,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “People are suspicious because they hear the same excuses all the time.”

On the flip side, you don’t want to show up too early and risk appearing desperate, but you do want to be there at least five minutes early or at the very least on time.

2. Don’t Show Up Unprepared

It seems simple, but countless people go on job interviews knowing very little about the company they are interviewing with when all it would take is a simple Google search to find out. As a result, they end up asking obvious questions, which signal to the interviewer that they are too lazy to prepare.

“Don’t ask if the company is public or private, how long it’s been in business and where they do their manufacturing,” says Mark Jaffe, president of Wyatt & Jaffe, the executive search firm. “Sharpen your pencil before you go to school.”

3. Don’t Ask About Salary, Benefits, Perks

Your initial interview with a company shouldn’t be about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company. Which means the interview isn’t the time to ask about the severance package, vacation time or health plan. Instead you should be selling yourself as to why the company can’t live without you.

“Your interest should be about the job and what your responsibilities will be,” says Terry Pile, Principal Consultant of Career Advisors. “Asking about vacation, sick leave, 401K, salary and benefits should be avoided at all costs.”

4. Don’t Focus On Future Roles Instead Of The Job At Hand

The job interview is not the time or place to ask about advancement opportunities or how to become the CEO. You need to be interested in the job you are actually interviewing for. Sure, a company wants to see that you are ambitious, but they also want assurances you are committed to the job you’re being hired for.

“You can’t come with an agenda that this job is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things,” says Jaffe.

5. Don’t Turn The Weakness Question Into A Positive

To put it bluntly, interviewers are not idiots. So when they ask you about a weakness and you say you work too hard or you are too much of a perfectionist, chances are they are more apt to roll their eyes than be blown away. Instead, be honest and come up with a weakness that can be improved on and won’t ruin your chances of getting a job.

For instance, if you are interviewing for a project management position, it wouldn’t be wise to say you have poor organizational skills, but it’s ok to say you want to learn more shortcuts in Excel. “Talk about the skills you don’t have that will add value, but aren’t required for the job,” says Pile.

6. Don’t Lie

Many people think its ok to exaggerate their experience or fib about a firing on a job interview, but lying can be a surefire way not to get hired. Even if you get through the interview process with your half truths, chances are you won’t be equipped to handle the job you were hired to do. Not to mention the more you lie the more likely you are to slip up.

“Don’t exaggerate, don’t make things bigger than they are and don’t claim credit for accomplishments you didn’t do,” says Jaffe. “You leave so much room in your brain if you don’t have to fill it with which lie you told which person.”

7. Don’t Ask If There’s Any Reason You Shouldn’t Be Hired

Well meaning career experts will tell you to close your interview by asking if there is any reason you wouldn’t be hired. While that question can give you an idea of where you stand and afford you the opportunity to address any concerns, there’s no guarantee the interviewer is going to be truthful with you or has even processed your information enough to even think about that.

“All you are doing is prompting them to think about what’s wrong with you,” says Skillings.

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This story was originally published by Glassdoor.

Helping the Community

Helping the community in more ways than one, Reliance One recently donated fitness equipment to Rolland- Warner Middle School in Lapeer. Not only does it help the students of the middle school, but it builds character for the company name. By providing donations to the surrounding communities, it creates a relationship between Reliance One and locals in the area. Reliance One participates in Relay for Life every year and currently hosts weekly bake sales to raise money and awareness for the campaign.

“Rolland-Warner Middle School has received a generous donation of fitness equipment from a Michigan-based staffing solutions corporation, Reliance One.  Rolland-Warner administration worked with Fitness Solutions of Plymouth to get the equipment to the school and have it properly installed.

Six used weight machines were donated to the school at the end of January and they are now set up in the room off of the gymnasium so that they can be used by students in the Personal Fitness classes for 7th and 8th graders.

Several staff members interested in fitness opportunities for students are looking into applying for grants for cardio equipment so that a fitness club can be started either before or after school for students.  PE teacher Brandon Fisher has been working with some other staff members on ideas for starting the fitness club.”- Lapeer Community Schools

Chad Toms 10 Years with Company

Auburn Hills, Mich., April 2, 2012 — Reliance One, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chad Toms has been with the company for ten years.  Mr. Toms’ continued success at Reliance One is apparent in his recent promotion of National Sales Manager, based out of their Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. “From our earliest days as a startup company, to now handling our largest customers as our National Sales Manager Chad has been an instrumental in Reliance One’s success,” said James Beath, President.

Social Media Hire

Auburn Hills, Mich., March 26, 2012 — Reliance One, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to the company. Ashleigh Belisle has been hired on as our Social Media Intern. In her role, Ashleigh will be responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Linked-In to expand business into a new market. She will also be updating the website and creating monthly newsletters.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Ashleigh hopes to bring a creative edge to Reliance One. “We are excited about the growth of our administrative team and look forward to utilizing Ashleigh’s marketing experience,” said Kristen Bradish, Administrative Services Manager.

MMSDC Second Consecutive Nomination

Auburn Hills, MI, March 30, 2012 — Reliance One, Inc. has been nominated for the MMSDC Minority Supplier of the Year Award for the 2nd consecutive year. This award recognizes Minority Business Enterprises who have distinguished themselves, and their business, in the areas of; quality of products/services, delivery, competitiveness and servicing. Reliance One, Inc. was nominated under Class III – Gross Revenue Between $10 Million and $50 Million. The 29th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)/Max Fisher Center. “We are very honored to be nominated for Minority Supplier of the Year for a second consecutive year by AVL North America.  There are many people that are key to our success at AVL, this nomination is a testament for their hard work.  Reliance One and AVL’s relationship has grown into a great partnership over the years and we are excited to support their continued success in the years to come,” said Ryan Long, Account Executive.