Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Do I Deserve Overtime?

You have a large project due by a certain time. You have been putting in some over time hours to complete your project. Do you deserve over-time pay? It depends.

First, you must know if you are exempt or non-exempt. Before entering HR, I had the hardest time remembering the difference. Think of it this way, if you are exempt, you are exempt from overtime. So, if your position is non-exempt, then yes, you deserve over-time. If you are not sure if your position is exempt or non-exempt, ask your Manager or Friendly and/or Evil HR Rep.

Over-time is regulated by Federal and State laws. Check your state's Department of Labor website for more detailed information on your state's over-time regulations. In general, if you work more than 40 hours in a week, you get 1 1/2 times your salary for those extra hours.

I once worked for a company (again, before entering the wonderful field of HR) and I started out as a non-exempt employee. I was working on quite a few projects which would require me to stay late. After a period of time, my boss came to me and said "We are making you exempt!" I figured it's because they got tired of paying those OT dollars. Can this be done? No! This is illegal. You cannot just make a position exempt because you don't feel like paying the OT wages.

Not sure if a position should be exempt? Go here or here  for good resources on determining exempt/non-exempt status.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What to do once you get the interview

You submitted your resume. You passed the phone screen. Now it's time for you to interview. Here are a few tips:
  • Study the company before you interview. Not only is this company interviewing you, you are interviewing the company. Come armed with some questions regarding the company. This shows you truly have an interest.  
  • Practice questions you know will most likely be asked during the interview. Strengths/weaknesses, explanations of past experience, etc.
  • Be on time! Better yet, come a bit early.
  • Be friendly with all employees you may happen to run into before and after your interview. You never know who you may bump into.
  • Dress professionally. You should always dress one step up from the normal attire of the position you are interviewing. 
  • Finally, be relaxed. Take some deep breaths. You will do great! 
It's amazing what some people will do during an interview. Did you hear about the interviewee who*:
  • The woman who blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her.
  • The man who talked about an affair that cost him a previous job.
  • The person who ate all the candy from the bowl while answering interview questions.
  • The person who wore a hat that said “take this job and shove it.”
  • The person whose friend interrupted the interview to ask how much longer it was going to last.
  • The person who brought a copy of a doctored college diploma.
  • The person who provided a detailed list of how the previous employer made him mad.
*from http://www.shrm.org/ "Job Candidates Do the Darndest Things"

Happy Interviewing!