Candidate Tips & Advice

Some don’ts and do’s for your CV.

  • 28/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips

There are always lots of different opinions about what you should and shouldn’t include on your

new CV.  We have a few more thoughts to share:

Photographs: As people with years of experience in recruitment, we think selfies should not typically go onto your CV. Recruiters will (even if they try and deny it) form a personal judgement about you and your character once they’ve seen your mug-shot. Once that judgement has been formed it can typically detract from the important …

What’s a Competency Based Interview?

  • 24/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips

All job interviews share one common goal, i.e. to see if the candidate is suitable for the job. Recruiters want to see if candidates have the right skills, experience, technical know-how and attitude. An important element of any interview is where the recruiter has the opportunity to listen to the candidate explain what they can do, or have done in the past, which makes them ultimately suitable for the job.

Techniques for doing this will differ according to the type of organisation and …

Getting your Body Language Right in Interviews …

  • 22/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Interview Tips

Interviews can be stressful situations for many of us. Facing a barrage of difficult questions can cause all sorts of emotions, but can also mean we forget how we appear to our interviewers as we formulate our answers.

Here are a few tips to remember when you’re approaching, or sat in the hot-seat.

  1. Keep your posture neutral, i.e. sit upright. Don’t lean back (it can look lazy or arrogant) and don’t lean forward (which can be construed as aggression). Just sit up straight …

3 very obvious tips for writing the best CV

  • 21/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips

CVs can really get us places. A great one has a perfect balance of information about your career to date, but should also give an idea of who you are, what your real skills are and the career path you are following.

There are some obvious things though that you need to get right. And if you don’t, regardless of your career history, recruiters will quite often kick out your application and move on to the next candidate pretty quickly.

Here are a few to keep in mind:

1. Get your …

Discrimination in Recruitment

  • 14/10/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • News

You may already know that employers are generally not allowed to discriminate during the recruitment process, specifically in relation to the ‘protected characteristics’ as set out in the Equality Act (apart from some minor areas set out below).

It is always worth remembering what these protected characteristics are, both as candidate and recruiter. Falling foul of the provisions of the Equality Act can prove to be a costly business, not least because discrimination in …