Challenging your candidates: 5 top interview questions

  • 20/10/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making Your Candidate Think!

Interviews: the element of the recruitment process you rely on most to make your final selection decision.  You'll be able to test a candidate's technical knowledge and competence, as well as getting to know them to an extent. For some candidates, the usual interview questions are a doddle - technically they could be fantastic, and could be well-versed in giving the 'right' response to those competency related questions. 

Have you thought, therefore, that throwing in a few …

Making Recruitment work for Candidates with Disabilities

  • 23/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Recruitment Practices


Recruitment processes can be complex or difficult at the best of times, with employers always trying to make sure they find the right ways of attracting quality applications from the best candidates.  Have you ever wondered though if your processes are stopping some great people from applying, simply because they have a disability?

UK and European Laws place a duty on organisations to ensure their recruitment practices allow for all suitable candidates to apply, regardless of …

Recruiting for Project Work?

  • 16/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Contractor Vs Employee Recruitment

Ever wondered whether you need to bring in a new employee or a self-employed contractor to work on your exciting new project? It’s a big question for any business, and there are pros and cons associated with both, but the best solution depends on many factors.  

To make things simpler we’re going to break it all down here.

Speed of Hire

It is highly likely that hiring a contractor will bring a quicker start date than a long term employee, meaning work could start …

Leading search engine Adzuna has recently published another Job Market Data Report showing that wages are starting to slide in the post-Brexit period, as inflation eats into pay and employers hold off from hiring more expensive staff. Interestingly, they report that advertised salaries are down 2.4% compared to July 2015 figures, and this marks the fourth consecutive month of decline, although the UK job market continues to perform well, with advertised job postings increasing by 2.4% …

The Apprenticeship Levy - Will you be contributing?

  • 09/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Apprenticeships

You might be aware that April 2017 will see the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy scheme. 

The aim of the scheme seems simple: to encourage organisations to help meet the government’s target of creating three million apprenticeships in the five years to 2020. Employers with a £3 million pay bill or more are required to make specified contributions in support of the scheme, which have been set at 0.5% of an organisation’s pay bill.

Those companies …

Recruiting from Your Local Community

  • 06/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Organisation

Local businesses can have a large and very positive impact in their local community. Get your reputation right, both as an employer, a provider of services / goods, and as a key member of the local community, and you will find you are never stuck for potential new staff.

Firstly, let’s address why you’d want people from the local community working for you:

  • A workforce that doesn’t have to travel long distances to get to you will generally be happier and more …

Hiring new staff? Need Quality rather than Quantity?

  • 23/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruiting For New Staff - Getting The Best Results.

Hiring again? Want to bring some real talent into your team, without having to trawl through thousands of applications? Then read on: 

When you are looking for new staff, you'll want to advertise in the best places; places where your jobs are guaranteed to get the right level of attention. So, make sure your candidate attraction strategy is right for the job.  Then, hope the applications start coming in! Many recruiters judge the success of their adverts by the numbers of …

Making Sure your Perfect Applicant Accepts your Job Offer

  • 10/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Recruitment Processes

Many of our recruiters have faced that disappointing situation when they’ve advertised the job, shortlisted, interviewed and found the perfect candidate, and all of a sudden the candidate throws a spanner in the works, walking away from the offer. 

If you want to increase your chances of getting your perfect candidate on board, read our tips below to see what you could do differently:

Help the Candidate Engage with your Company

During the recruitment process, you should be …

5 Great Reasons to Advertise Jobs Online

  • 02/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Reaching More Candidates For Your Vacancies

In today’s jobs market, many recruiters are finding it increasingly challenging to find the right staff.  The once-popular jobs pages in the local papers are no longer as successful simply because of the reducing lack of interest in reading the ‘paper’, so employers are having to look for candidates elsewhere.

Many recruiters have taken the leap from print to online, but some are still wary of the perceived pitfalls of online recruitment.  There can be a downside …

Lazy Candidates?

  • 27/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Recruit New Talent

Dealing with lazy candidates…..  

Many recruiters receive job applications from candidates who, on the face of it, don’t appear to have made much of an effort.  We see things such as CV applications with no cover letter, CVs with a sparse career history, and even out of date CVs with no evidence of any career for the past few years.

What are your initial thoughts?

Like most recruiters, you’re probably inclined to think ‘They’ve not made an …