Author: Dennis Gros

Dennis Gros

Originally from South Louisiana, Dennis founded Gros Executive Recruiters in 1989 and moved operations to middle Tennessee two years later. In 2018, Dennis became President of the Recruiting Division at MBS Advisors, which acquired the Gros firm. He is a frequent speaker, author, and editorial contributor for publications and events related to plastics and packaging employment. On weekends you might find him playing piano in a swing band.

Annual Salary Survey coming soon!

We don’t like to talk about it. But it is important to each of us. How much money do you earn? How much does the other guy earn? How much do my employees earn, and how does my company’s compensation measure up? Stand by. The 2020 Plastics Industry Salary Survey, conducted jointly by SPE and MBS Advisors, will open January 14th. Click here to read the official announcement.

One call – Worldwide Reach

Now MBS Advisors’ Recruiting Division reaches around the world, for you. Our new affiliation with NPA Worldwide means we can readily source candidates in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, in addition to North America. How can we help you? Just ask… http://npaworldwide.com/for-employers/  

Legal Interview: Crack the code-Part 2

That’s a weird way to ask a question. Why can’t you just speak plain English? Why? Because plain English is not the language of a legally clean interview. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) interview regulations mandate the use of code language, often stilted and difficult to decipher. Here’s a pocket translator. Keep reading…  “This job requires that you stand for up to 4 hours per day, and carry a 40-pound case of samples from one location to another. Can you... more

Code words for a legal interview, Part 1

That’s a funny question…why did she ask that?  Interviewers SHOULD know, and SOME job applicants know, that legal guidelines interfere with the exchange of information between candidates and interviewers. In this and upcoming posts, we’ll help you break the code. Are you new to interviewing? YOU’VE GOT TO READ THIS! Note to job-seekers: This post is intended to be helpful, but it’s not legal guidance. We do not advocate answering the question as parsed below. Your answers are up to... more

Age? They’re discussing age?

Former President Jimmy Carter proclaimed his wish for an age limitation as a qualification for President of the United States. Age? Do you believe anyone thinks of age when considering a person for a job? Isn’t it interesting that if an employer considers age, that employer runs the risk of an age discrimination suit. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/politics/jimmy-carter-presidency-age-limit/index.html https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/discrimination/agedisc

Can you pass this simple test?

Candidates need to know how the rules of interviewing might chill a conversation within an otherwise warm interview session and managers need to know these regulations, so they do not cross the line as to what is acceptable and what isn’t. Managing legality during the job interview process is a slippery, treacherous slope. Here’s an example: On the resume, the candidate indicates she speaks Japanese. In a casual comment over a cup of coffee, the manager comments, “I’m impressed! How... more

Workforce Drug Screening – What About Weed?

In eleven states, recreational use of marijuana is now legal. In 33 states, cannabis is legal for medical use. Where does your state fall? And how does it impact your company’s drug testing policy? We recommend the following information for guidance, from the employment screening service named GoodHire. https://www.goodhire.com/blog/video-new-employee-protections-may-impact-your-marijuana-screening-policies

How did I miss it?

National Adirondack day! The first national celebration of the Adirondack chair was June 21st. The iconic chair dates to 1903, and its design is all American. The proclamation of National Adirondack day was declared this year by Adams Manufacturing, a producer of durable, useful outdoor furniture made of plastic. Let’s prevent such a mental lapse in the future. Mark your calendar now for other notable celebration days upcoming in the next few weeks. July 6: National Fried Chicken Day July... more