To ensure the right people are hired, many companies bring in prospects to shadow an employee. This is so companies can see whether the candidate has the right skills and abilities for the job, and so the candidate gets a realistic representation of the job.
Is there anything wrong with doing this? Absolutely not. It makes sense for both the company and the candidate to assess whether the “fit” is right before the candidate is hired. That said, the candidate should be paid at least minimum wage for the time spent shadowing the employee. The pay can be included in the candidate’s first paycheck if he or she is hired. You can also cut a check to him or her if you decide not to hire the individual. For added protection, companies may want to process a W4 and I9.
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