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9 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Job Advert

  • 24/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Increasing Your Chances Of Success

Are you looking for employees to help expand your business? Make sure you avoid falling foul of getting anything less than the best job ad out there, and improve your chances of getting the best candidates! 

  1. Careless Grammar – There’s no excuse for careless grammar. When putting out a job ad you are presenting your business to anyone who sees the ad, whether they are looking for it or not. Poor grammar = poor results. 
  2. Focus – In the advert focus …

When a Candidate Doesn't turn up for Interview

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making The Right Selection Decisions

The first things you think when a candidate doesn’t show for an interview are either “they forgot” or ‘they’ve changed their mind and didn’t bother to tell us!”. 

Most employers won’t even follow this up.  If they can’t or don’t turn up, then they are not really who you are looking for. However, there could be another reason that they didn’t make it or couldn’t get in touch to let you know they couldn’t …

Attracting Candidates for a Small Business

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances In Recruitment

The small empire you started growing has done well; now it’s time to expand it even further as your team just isn’t big enough to get it all done.  So, it’s time to get an employee or two, someone you can trust enough to be able to share some of the responsibilities with, as well as someone who will help you grow your business.

Write an appealing job descriptions.

For you to share out some of the responsibilities you’ve been dealing with, you need to be 100% …

13 Handy Interview Questions

  • 22/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances In Recruitment

Ever struggle with what to ask in an interview? Have a look at these 13 questions for some ideas:

  1. Describe yourself to me in one sentence
  2. What is it about you which you believe makes you suitable for this role?
  3. Tell me about your biggest achievement at work. How did you achieve it?
  4. What are your strengths and how do you use them to benefit your work?
  5. What would your current employer say the best thing about you is when it comes to work?
  6. What would your current employer say …

Writing Successful Job Adverts

  • 16/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips For Successful Recruiting

Job adverts can be written in many different ways, though there are some key elements that all recruiters need to include in order to attract the right and suitably qualified candidates. 

A great job title

You need a job title which, whilst relevant to the job, is also familiar to those in the industry who might apply.  Candidates search online by job title, and therefore a 'Transparency Enhancement Facilitator' won't do you any favours, whilst 'Window Cleaner' would be ok …

Recruiting? How to advertise to get the best results...

  • 16/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips For Successful Recruiting

Times have changed when it comes to advertising jobs.  Gone are the days when we all waited for 'Jobs Day' in the local paper, and it's clear now that the jobs pages have shrunk beyond belief for a substantial number of papers.  Our advice when it comes to searching for your staff, on a limited budget, is to source a mix of channels which help you reach the right number and quality of candidates for your job. 

Our top tips are: 

  1. Pick at least one job board to …

Can you tell if your Candidate is Lying at Interview?

  • 16/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Tips For Successful Recruiting

Many of us know the costs we can face if we find that the person we've recruited doesn't have the skills, experience or attitude they said they have when we interviewed them. Once you've dismissed that employee, having to advertise, interview, appoint and induct someone else can be a costly business, never mind the wasted salary of the person we shouldn't have hired, and the potential loss of business / productivity. 

Trying to work out if your candidate isn't being honest at their …

How to spot a Poor Candidate at Interview

  • 07/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making The Right Selection Decisions

There are some typical warning signs you need to watch out for at interviews – even if your candidate ticks all the boxes in terms of experience or qualifications, that doesn’t mean they’ll be your ideal next hire. Here are the main things we think you’ll need to look out for:

They are late!

Candidates who want to impress will be on time, and I expect at least a good 10 / 15 minutes early.  Being late can mean they are disorganised, don’t plan ahead and …

Ask the Team to select their new Manager

  • 07/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making The Right Selection Decisions

Ever wondered how to recruit a manager who stands a good chance of fitting in well with the team? You can carry out all sorts of tests and challenges during the selection process, but we favour something which we know works well: let the team decide!

Now, we’re not saying the team should take charge of the whole recruitment exercise for their new boss, as you should always have the formal selection processes in place, but allowing the team some input into who could be their next leader …

Internal vs External Recruitment

  • 07/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Supporting Your Employees

Many employers make a point of advertising vacant jobs internally before they consider opening the floodgates to external candidates. It’s something we would always suggest employers consider before they place an external advert, particularly because:

  • Existing employees will feel they are being given a serious chance, and
  • It shows you value their skill set and are keen on seeing your staff progress

There will be times when you can’t restrict a vacancy to an …