Using Social Media to check your candidates out?

  • 24/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • And Is It Cyber-stalking?

You've just received another batch of CVs to look through and you've some time to kill, so you decide to look your candidates up on various social media platforms.

Is it morally wrong?

We think not, as we're firmly of the belief that all people have a responsibility to manage their online presence: they should know what the general public can see about them (that they post themselves) and should accept that in today's digital society, recruiters can find information about them all over …

Questions you should not ask when you're interviewing.

  • 22/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Recruitment Practices

In this day and age, with employment legislation continuing to make life as an employer a challenge, you need to be more careful than ever about what you ask your candidates at interview.  Make sure you always keep your questions related to a candidate’s ability to do the job. To help keep you on the path of least litigation, here are a few questions you need to avoid:

What is your date of birth?

Whilst you might need to know that a candidate is over 18, for example because of …

Stuck for Interview Questions?

  • 22/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting The Most From Your Candidates.

If you’re not overly comfortable carrying out job interviews, then our usual advice would be to:

  1. Find some decent interview training to help you fine tune your interviewing skills and build your confidence
  2. Make sure there is someone else with you to help you through the process, and cover all the bases you need to during the interview, or
  3. Go armed with some pre-prepared questions, in the hope you’ll avoid some awkward and embarrassing silences.

We thought you …

Running out of ideas to find new staff?

  • 20/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • An Open Approach To Recruitment.

You've followed all the advice and recommendations your advisors have provided you with, but still fail to bring in applications from the type of people you are looking for.  You've developed fantastic adverts, included all the detail candidates could possibly want to see - skills required, job description, salaries, location, development and promotion opportunities, company profile, etc etc, and you've still not got what you are looking for. 

Have you ever tried a totally open …

Do you need more suitable candidates for your jobs?

  • 19/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Finding New Talent For Organisation.

Do you keep seeing the same applicants over and over for the jobs you advertise? Are you looking for new talent to bring in, but failing to attract the right people? Have you thought about any of these ideas before going for the more expensive agency approach? 

  • Make sure you are covering all bases with your candidate attraction strategy. That means making sure your job adverts are reaching the right audiences: double check you've got sufficient coverage on the jobs boards, within …

Are you Prepared to Interview?

  • 16/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting It Right!

Some find interviewing a doddle, other face sleepless nights for days beforehand. Whatever your confidence levels are, remember – the general idea of job interviews is to give candidates a great chance to show how good they could be in the job; your role in that is to make sure candidates have ample opportunity to shine. Being unprepared, nervous or a jibbering wreck isn’t going to look good to your candidates (especially if they are displaying any of those too!) or help them feel …

Assessing CVs: what you should be looking for...

  • 13/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting It Right!

You’ve advertised a job and been inundated with applicants: dozens of CVs to look at, and not sure where to start? Here are a few ‘dos and don’ts’ to help you find the stars you need to take through to the next stage.  


  • Have a clear list of ‘essentials’ and ‘desirables’ relating to specific skills, experiences and qualifications you can score each candidate against.
  • Look for more than a list of responsibilities under each of …

Received a Poor Reference for your New Hire?

  • 12/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting It Right!

You’ve shortlisted, interviewed and made an offer to the candidate you thought very highly of. Then, as standard practice, you’ve written for references and to your dismay, you’ve received something which is far from glowing.

What do you do?

Well firstly, we’re hoping that you’ve made your offer of employment as ‘subject to satisfactory references’.  Then, there are all sorts of potential options to consider, but we would usually suggest at …

Application Forms: Love ‘em or hate ‘em – they’re still here!

  • 12/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Keeping Your Candidates' Engaged

It feels like they’ve been around for an eternity: for some, they can be seen as a very outdated way of collecting information about candidates; for others, they provide some consistency to the items of information you get from all candidates that you need to fairly compare and assess suitability.

We see app forms in all shapes and sizes  – from online forms, to (believe it or not) photocopied documents with a few empty tables in, which are so blurry you can hardly make out …

More fantastic results

  • 30/03/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting Better All The Time....

Another great set of results for our recruiting clients over the past few days. We've had some excellent candidate numbers yet again for great jobs across the UK, including: 

Head of Procurement - South East - 14

Receptionist - Staffordshire - 12

Dental Nurse - Newcastle - 14

Teaching Assistant - London - 16

Warehouse Staff - UK wide - hundreds! 

If you're a recruiter and want to benefit from our hard work, just get in touch!