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How the Government Shutdown Affects Hiring

Posted by Erin Borgerson on October 2, 2013

Sick of hearing about the government shutdown? So is everyone else. But the fact of the matter is that if the government is shut down for more than a few days, the going is most certainly going to get tough. It's not an just an inconvenience, nor does it only affect government employees, we're all going to be hurting - especially small businesses and franchises. 

government shutdownAccording to the Washington Post, nearly 700,000 government employees would be placed on unpaid leave. Regardless of how long the shutdown will last, this cut in pay could not have been budgeted for. That means that these 700,000 individuals and their families are going to be watching their wallets very closely. In other words, they're probably not going to go shopping at those family-owned shops this weekend, nor are they going to order pizza on game day. 

And for all those state parks that are shut down, that means less money will be spent on gas traveling there and back, fewer people will stop at restaurant chains along the way, and traffic to those local ma' and pa' stores will be drastically reduced. 

Basically, if the government is shut down for more than just a few days, hiring is going to take a significant hit because the flow of income is going to slow down. And if hiring slows down, that spells bad news for everyone. So let's make the most of this downtime and refresh ourselves on the best hiring practices. From interview scorecards to phone interviews, take a few minutes so you can be ready to hire the best candidates.  

An Introduction to Interview Scorecards 

The 411 on Phone Interviews 

The Top Five Reasons Managers Make Bad Hiring Decisions 


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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.