As someone who is up to her elbows in management every day, I frequently come across situations where I want a second opinion or reference a general guide to what the heck I should be doing. For me, this book is just that. While it's not the most comprehensive text out there and certainly doesn't deal with your more wild workplace scenarios, the Essential HR Handbook is just what it claims to be- a great starting point to dealing with HR issues. I especially love their guide to interview questions. They have one of the most comprehensive selections of sample questions I've ever seen and they're all behavioral questions that are easy to incorporate into your own hiring practices. For the brand new manager or HR professional, this reference book is a great starting place.
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