Ask the Applicants . . .

Pose these questions, Kurt Linneman says, and award points as indicated:

Why are you looking to leave your current job?

Need more responsibility; bad equipment; feeling like "just a number"; or spouse relocation. 2. Hours; the commute; the pay. 1. Got laid off; need a change; need more freedom; had a disagreement with the boss or coworkers. 0.

What other jobs have you applied for recently?

I'm not unhappy, but I just love your company and what it's all about. 2. Have applied at two other good companies in your industry. 1. A couple places; or have applied mainly at companies outside your industry. 0.

If your past coworkers were asked to describe you, what would they say?

Sickeningly enthusiastic; reliable; energetic; anal. 2. Vague words like "awesome" or "hard-worker." 1. Laid back; funny; partyer. 0.

What have you done in the last 12 months to improve your work skills?

Read a book on a business topic; took a class; joined a club/association. 2. Took on new responsibilities at work but didn't seek new skills outside work. 1. Can't think of anything. 0.