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Guide to Interviewing Part 2: Face-to-Face Assessment Techniques

In the first part of our series on interview technique, we showed you how to design effective screening interviews. Now, in part two, we're going to get to the heart of the matter - the face-to-face interview itself. We guarantee that no matter how much interviewing you've done, there's still much to be learned about interview technique and question design! So,…
Published: 17/05/2016

7 Tips to Stop Job Interview Nerves Once and For All

You practiced it all the night before. Calm, clear and confident. The mirror seemed impressed with your qualifications and work experience. It even laughed at your jokes - said you were charismatic and charming.  Fast forward 24 hours and the mirror has been replaced with a very inquisitive, stone-faced manager called Godfrey, who just wants to watch…
Published: 10/05/2016

Does the UK have a workplace bullying problem?

Have you ever stopped to think about workplace bullying? While we may like to believe that bullies are solely confined to the back of the school bus, harassment at work is a serious problem that appears to have slipped under the radar of the nation's employers and HR departments. Does the UK really have workplace bullying problem though? And what can…
Published: 03/05/2016

Holiday entitlement: the basics

Regardless of where you work, all staff are entitled to the occasional break from Excel spreadsheets and £3 meal deals. Just how many days of holiday and the amount of pay might differ depending on the individual though, so it can be worthwhile to occasionally brush up on your legal knowledge of paid leave.  So in case you're new to HR or you just…
Published: 28/04/2016

In-House Vs. External Training: which is better?

No matter what industry your company operates within, there's going to come a point where, as an HR professional, you're going to have to organise some training. You know your budget, and you know what you want people to get out of it, but there's something nagging at the back of your mind - is it better to get it done in-house or find an external provider…
Published: 28/04/2016

Performance Management: why a positive phrase has negative connotations

It's 9am, you've just guzzled down your dose of caffeine for the hour and then you see the email. A one-on-one meeting with your boss, entitled 'Performance Management'. What are your first thoughts? I think I speak for most people when I say the phrase brings with it negative connotations and a fear of impending disciplinaries. But why? 'Performance…
Published: 28/04/2016

Guide to Interviewing Part 1: Essential Screening Techniques

Assessing candidates for a job is a crucial, but often misunderstood skill - and in the first of a three-part series, we explore ways that interviewers can get the most from initial screenings. Generally accomplished remotely, screening interviews are a favourite way to increase hiring efficiency - and our guide lists the questions you mustn't forget…
Published: 25/04/2016

HR Secrets of Speeding Up Your Hiring Process

27.9 days. Doing a constant speed of just 37mph, you could complete a full lap of the world in that time. You could also make four return trips to the moon. Or, if you're feeling really rock 'n' roll, you could hire a new employee. That's right, just 3 days shy of a full month, the average length of the UK's hiring process in 2016 is record high of…
Published: 19/04/2016

An introduction to mobile recruiting

Technology is perpetually changing the face of talent acquisition and mobile recruitment is the latest trend to impact the way that recruiters engage with clients and candidates alike. While traditional recruitment methods will never fully become obsolete, the advent of smartphones, tablets and wearable-tech has forced recruiters to adapt to 'mobile'…
Published: 11/04/2016

Avoiding Bad Bosses: How to Spot Poor Leadership at Interview

So you're looking to get yourself back into employment, or you're seeking out a new challenge in the working world. The first hurdle of perfecting a bespoke CV and covering letter has been completed and now you wait for the congratulatory invite to interview or the dreaded future-endeavour generic email. At long last, the former arrives and now 'all'…
Published: 05/04/2016