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How to Design Effective Interview Questions

The same dreary interview questions have been popular in Britain for many years now - but things are changing. "Why do you want to work for us?" is fast becoming "how many balls do you think will be used in the Rugby World Cup", or "describe the colour yellow to someone who's blind". But what do these questions really tell us about a candidate - and…
Published: 13/10/2015

5 crazy rules that drive great employees away

Retaining top talent is a constant challenge for employers, especially when staff turnover can cost a company upwards of £30K per employee. While some departures are unavoidable, others can be attributed to overzealous management and authoritarian policies can sometimes be the reason why valued staff feel it's fit to hand in their notice.    What…
Published: 06/10/2015

SSI Teesside Plant: What Next for Workers?

After the shock announcement on Monday that the SSI steel plant in Redcar is closing down, leaving 1,700 people without a job, anxious voices from thousands of families are wondering what's next for their future. Some workers will have been at the plant since leaving school, whilst others relied on it as a local saviour of their specialist profession.…
Published: 02/10/2015

Reasons why you haven't heard back from a recruiter

Silence isn't always golden. We all have that friend who replies to your texts rather late, if at all. But a friend forgetting to reply with 'yes, let's get a takeaway' is more forgivable than a recruiter not replying to your job application. So, in an age where communication is a cinch,  why are candidates pumping hours into perfecting an application…
Published: 29/09/2015

Contingency vs. Retained Recruitment: Which is Better?

Updated: December 2016 Introduction If you're looking for new staff for your business, then there's a question that may well be on your mind. What is the difference between contingency recruitment and retained recruitment, and which is better for you? The answer is surprisingly simple - so let us explain ... To someone who isn't from a recruitment…
Published: 17/09/2015

Seasonal Recruitment Trends

Cutting edge hiring techniques are nothing without timing and being aware of seasonal recruitment trends can make all the difference when planning your next foray into the labour market.  The peaks and troughs of the calendar year can cause a headache for employers and candidates alike, leading to a number of external factors that are worthy of consideration…
Published: 15/09/2015

Students: How to Find Part-Time Work

As a student, having money is probably high priority on your long list of concerns during your time at university (behind studying, exams and deadlines of course). After all, money is a necessity if you're to make your time there enjoyable rather than endurable. If you want the social life of a rockstar, which most students do, having a steady income…
Published: 08/09/2015

How People Find a Job

Pursuing your next career venture can provoke conflicting emotions: apprehension, excitement, trumspringa ... but at least there's no doubt over how you're going to find your next role. Well, there wasn't, but the deluge of job boards, agencies and InMail means you're now leading the job hunt with all the tact of an inexperienced sherpa.   We…
Published: 01/09/2015

Bad Hires: How to Tell a Maverick From a Muppet

In this article we're going to investigate a question that plagues every HR department. How can hiring managers differentiate between Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun and everyone's favourite celebrity amphibian? Ok, perhaps not. But still, we've gone all-out this time to help you spot candidates' red flags any way you can. What is a bad hire? We…
Published: 26/08/2015

Standing vs. Sitting: Which is Better?

There are now countless studies on how sitting for such long periods is slowly 'killing you' and how we should all treat it as a serious health threat. Yet people who are standing up everyday are left with aches in their muscles, pains in their joints and spinal problems. So either sitting OR standing for long periods is not ideal, but with few careers…
Published: 18/08/2015

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