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Common Recruitment Mistakes

  • 07/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Finding The Best Candidates

There are some common mistakes employers make when recruiting – we thought we’d point out a few for you to have a think about:

  • Advertising in the same place – every time you recruit. For a few, it works, but others need to find ways of reaching a different and larger audience of potential candidates.  Online recruitment, on both job boards and across social media, has now become the most effective way of finding candidates for most employers, and gives recruiters …

Getting your Job Interview setting right

  • 26/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Aiming To Get The Best From Your Candidates

What ever job you are interviewing for, it’s crucial for success that the environment you are using for the interviews is the right one for the task in hand. When you think that the aim of a job interview is generally to allow you to get the best from your candidates, then you need to ensure that it’s a comfortable and appropriate setting for both interviewee and interviewer.

Some general principles to follow for your interview setting are:

  • It’s a private room, where …

3 Commons Reasons we recruit the wrong people.

  • 26/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making Better Selection Decisions

We all have to be very careful when recruiting that we hire staff suitable for the job and the company. Sometimes, we make mistakes, and here are 3 of the common reasons why:

Recruiting in your own image

This can take so many forms – not necessarily that someone looks like you, but generally that the candidate shares many of your attributes such as your sense of humour, style, background, work ethic, qualifications and so on.  Having commonality can help you feel a certain …

Helping a Nervous Candidate through a Job Interview

  • 26/05/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting The Most From Your Candidates.

Taking into account that the purpose of a job interview is to test the suitability of a candidate for a job, and give them the chance to do well, you should make every effort to allow people to perform at their best. 

Sometimes though, we see candidates come through the door who appear to be a total nervous wreck. We've set out below a few ideas for strategies to deal with these situations which you can try next time you're faced with a flustered and terrified looking interviewee:

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 …