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ABUNDANCE OF JOB CANDIDATES IN 1994 DOESN'T LESSEN NEED FOR DILIGENCE IN HIRING

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- (subhead: Potential for Millions To Be Wasted Due to Poor Hiring Practices)
 With the end of the recession and an apparently healthy increase in hiring activity now emerging, millions of dollars and countless hours are about to be wasted as companies hire the wrong employees through poorly designed and badly executed candidate searches, according to personnel author and expert Robert Half.
 Half -- founder of one of the world's largest staffing services firms, Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) -- offers counsel and practical advice on how to recruit and retain good employees in his just- released book, "Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Employees" (John Wiley & Sons Inc.).
 "With promising developments in the 1994 employment market, companies must make good hiring and retention skills a priority by training managers at all levels," said Half. "Generally, these skills are not formally taught in college or on the job, yet they have a very significant impact on corporate productivity."
 He warns of some common hiring mistakes: "Far too many people 'pre-hire' an individual based on first impressions, then neglect better candidates who are identified later in the process. Others search endlessly for the candidate who has the right list of degrees. Unfortunately, the 'highly educated' candidate may lack the real qualities necessary for the job.
 "Two of the most unproductive practices are to hire 'in one's own image' -- hiring a candidate with the same strengths as the hiring manager; or to avoid a candidate who's 'too good' and might be promoted over the hiring manager," said Half. "In the first situation, managers lose the chance to add a fresh perspective. In the second, they deprive the company and themselves of an exceptional employee due to what may be an irrational fear."
 Half said that with hiring activity improving, it is time to compete more effectively than ever for top candidates. He suggested several ideas: seek personal recommendations; recruit from within; offer referral bonuses to current employees; rehire former employees; make effective use of personnel service firms; and spruce up employment advertisements with a greater sales twist.
 Robert Half International is the world's largest staffing services firm specializing in the fields of accounting, finance, information systems and banking. Its Robert Half division provides permanent placement services, and its Accountemps division provides temporary personnel.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Robert Half International/
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