Why Jobseeking is Becoming More Like Tinder

The concept of Tinder has always been a bit like recruitment. You make a judgement about a person’s suitability based on a limited amount of information they’ve provided about themselves, and you both need to have an interest in each other in order for the relationship to develop any further. It therefore seems odd that it has taken this long… Read More ›

Researching Candidates on Social Media – The Dos and Don’ts

Background checking on candidates has become a standard element of the recruitment process – especially now that social media has made it considerably easier. It can be a great way of vetting a candidate to ensure they are a suitable fit for the organisation. But to what extent should it be relied upon? We’ve put together a few dos and… Read More ›

Would you reject a candidate based purely on their email address?

According to a study by the Department of Social Organisational Psychology, recruiters are much more likely to reject a CV with an informal or inappropriate email address, even when the credentials match those of a CV they would follow up. The researchers created fictional CVs with combinations of formal and informal ones, and reviewed the differences in how the recruiter… Read More ›

How Prepared Are You to Hire Recent Graduates?

According to a recent survey by Career Builder, 95% of UK firms have plans to hire recent graduates. However, a surprising 23% actually felt that universities adequately prepare students for the working world. Among the skills thought to be lacking were people skills, which 49% agreed were in shortage, as well as problem solving and creative thinking. These results suggest… Read More ›

How to Impress Your Candidates in the Interview

If the interview is a two-way process, then the interviewer should be taking steps to impress the interviewee as well as the other way round. There’s not a lot worse than losing out on an ideal candidate because they were unimpressed at the interview and took another job offer. So how can you ensure that your interview technique wins over… Read More ›

How to Avoid Clichéd Job Ads

Not only do your job adverts need to be engaging enough to stand out from any similar roles out there, they also need to be geared towards producing the best results for you. By best results, we are talking about quality not quantity here. Plenty of applications are only of use to you if they are actually suitable for the… Read More ›

Strength-Based Interviews – Should You Adopt the Technique?

Are you currently using the most effective interview technique? Interview trends come and go like the wind, but this one seems here to stay – at least for a while. The popularity of strength-based interviews has increased after a realisation that they help identify passionate individuals that share the same passions, values and interests as the company does, which therefore… Read More ›

How Important is Character in a Potential Candidate?

New research, jointly commissioned by the Cabinet Office, the Child Poverty Commission and the Early Intervention Fund shows that candidates from a poorer background lack some character traits sought after by employers. The research suggests that the education system focuses solely on employability through literacy and numeracy skills and not so much ‘life skills’. After the popularity of ‘soft skills’… Read More ›

Why Face to Face Interviewing Still Wins

When living in the age of the social media background check and Skype interview, it can feel as if you know an awful lot more about the candidate than you would just from looking at their CV. However, there’s still a lot to be gauged from someone by meeting them in the flesh. Despite the more honest approach some people… Read More ›

5 Tips for Improving Office Atmosphere

Having a positive workplace atmosphere is not something that can be left to develop by itself. It needs to be created and, most importantly, maintained. In order to make the most out of staff and create a fun and supportive place to work, good workplace atmosphere is key. Here are five easy tips on how to achieve it. Provide light… Read More ›