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I've heard a many perspectives regarding the selection of the perfect employee. However, I want to give you a real-life scenario and hear what your recommendations would be for the following:

Let's say you're in the trucking business, which is an industry that has a very difficult time attracting employees who are willing to be away from their families for over 50% of the time. You have drummed up a lot of business, you have companies that are waiting for you to pick up and mover their merchandise, but you are short of actual truck drivers to conduct these runs for you. Do you look at less desirable candidates, even those that have had a past criminal record? What do you do?

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Business is business and it must be conducted with all personal feelings aside. That does not mean the trucking company should hire anybody who can drive a truck. Looking past a person's criminal background is not difficult provided that their crime was a long time ago and they have shown through a recent work history that they are trustworthy. For the most part, those in the business of over-the-road trucking accept the fact that they will live away from home.

According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos246.htm):

"The U.S. Department of Transportation governs work hours and other working conditions of truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce. A ...

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Let's say you're in the trucking business, which is an industry that has a very difficult time attracting employees who are willing to be away from their families for over 50% of the time. You have drummed up a lot of business, you have companies that are waiting for you to pick up and mover their merchandise, but you are short of actual truck drivers to conduct these runs for you. Do you look at less desirable candidates, even those that have had a past criminal record? What do you do?

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