Definition of Hiring Freeze

A period of time in which a company stops hiring new employees. This can be done for a variety of reasons, such as when a company is experiencing financial difficulties or when a company is undergoing restructuring. During a hiring freeze, existing employees are usually not affected and the company may still conduct interviews and extend job offers, but no new staff are hired until the freeze is lifted.

Example: The company's leadership was concerned about a potential recession, so they implemented a hiring freeze to control costs.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
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Word of the Day

Date: 05/19/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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