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So you have two amazing candidates… how can you choose between them?

Even when your firm works with the very best recruitment agency and uses the most suitable hiring software, it’s not impossible to end up with two highly capable candidates who seem evenly matched. In a situation like this, you will need to act fast to snap up at least one of these fantastic candidates. So, ...more

3 things that you need to do when recruiting staff

The recruitment of new employees is a necessarily multi-faceted process – doing things the same old familiar ways, drawing upon the same old staff with the same old skills, likely won’t deliver your company the great hiring results that you need to get ahead in your industry. So, here are just three things that you ...more

Why Millennials are often far from ‘lazy’

It’s a terrible thing when you have your eye on a potentially great talent for your company, only to suddenly start feeling doubt due to certain unfortunate stereotypes. Oh, they’re young and trendy, and they were tapping away at their smartphone while in the waiting room for their job interview – will they be lazy, ...more

5 of the best signs of ‘candidate fit’

If, like many an employer, you’ve worked with a fair few recruitment agencies in your time, the likelihood is that you will have also talked to them a lot about ‘candidate fit’. It’s often said that you should ‘hire for fit, train for skills’, and it’s not a bad philosophy for your company to have. ...more

Why are your top employees quitting on you?

Statistics have consistently pointed to a high level of discontent in the UK workforce; one survey a few years ago by the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), for instance, found that 47% of respondents wished to change their jobs, with more than a fifth of them interested in doing so within 12 months. ...more

Are your hiring techniques harming, rather than helping diversity?

We’re sure you won’t need us to wax lyrical to you about why you should adopt every possible measure to make your workforce more diverse – after all, we’ve written extensively on this subject before. But are your own company’s hiring practices aiding its efforts to boost diversity, or causing inadvertent harm? Here are several ...more

5 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Be Using Facebook to Recruit

It’s no secret that social media is used regularly within the recruitment process; in fact, 84% of companies recruited using social media last year. LinkedIn is usually the preferred choice of social networks for recruiters to source candidates, as Facebook and Twitter can seem intrusive; typically, they’re designed for personal use, whereas LinkedIn is a ...more

When is the time to pay attention to recruitment marketing?

Whatever your company’s sector, it’s understandable that if you have very few employees – let’s say, 10 to 20 – you won’t want to spend a huge amount of money on recruitment advertising. Sure, you want to find the right people for your vacancies, but when your firm is still small and growing, it’s in ...more

3 things that do nothing to encourage candidates

Even the most diligently managed recruitment approach might not bring great results for your firm if you make amateurish mistakes that turn away the best talent instead of attracting it. You may imagine that your own company would never do such a thing – surely, your hiring woes are more because of a lack of ...more

What are Millennials looking for in a role with you?

If your firm is looking to attract young professionals, you won’t necessarily get far by adhering to a Generation X mentality. Millennials are therefore the generation to which you need to be tailoring your recruitment strategy. In the corporate space, they also often have very different priorities to their Baby Boomer and Gen X predecessors; ...more

10 Quick Tips to Instantly Improve Your Job Adverts

Writing a clear and effective job advert is the first step to a successful recruitment advertising campaign. Mastering the art of your advertising can bring a plethora of benefits to your recruitment strategy; you’ll be able to attract candidates quicker, which will in turn reduce your time-to-hire and advertising costs. Additionally, a well-written job advert ...more

What could possibly go wrong with that ‘hotshot’ employee?

It’s an experience that you may have had more than once with recruitment firms – being presented with a seemingly amazing candidate who has a track record in your sector, and who seems to be able to explain what your business needs for success and what they will do to bring you that success. Sure, ...more

3 reasons why you still need to write job descriptions

Many an employer would love to get rid of the humble job description. They see it as a burden to have to write such a thing every time a vacancy comes up at their company. Indeed, it may be hard for them to appreciate the job description’s continued relevance when they come to recruit staff. ...more

5 Ways to Make Graduate Recruitment Easier

It’s that time of year again – hundreds of thousands of students are finishing their university courses and preparing to enter the UK job market. Equally, many employers across the country are looking to attract graduates with their latest vacancies. While some companies may have been recruiting for graduate roles for months already, others are ...more

3 characteristics that make someone a true ‘team player’

When you think of any of the obvious corporate success stories from down the years – from Microsoft to Apple – one of the things that should become clear to you straight away is the importance of the right team. However, there’s a big difference between a great team, and simply a bunch of smart ...more

How do you keep your company culture the same as your business grows?

You might think there’s little point trying to ‘control’ or ‘preserve’ company culture. After all, culture is a fluid and changeable thing, right? Wouldn’t it be best to just allow it to evolve naturally as your company grows and past and new employees past through your revolving door? The truth is, though, that there are ...more

5 Common Misconceptions About Employer Branding

Employer branding is a phrase that’s frequently thrown around when discussing what companies can do to attract talent to their business. However, there’s still confusion about what employer branding actually means, and why it’s so important in your recruitment efforts. As such, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around (for example, that employer branding ...more

Sometimes, even your best people need to be moved on

Yes, you read that right. Losing a great employee isn’t always a mortal blow – or even necessarily a blow at all. We aren’t just talking about those times when the worker may have got a better offer elsewhere. We’re also talking about you being proactive enough to drop even the best people on your ...more

5 signs of a high-performing candidate

One of the things that you will most need when recruiting staff is an ability to recognise a high-performing candidate – the person who could make a great hire rather than merely a good one. However, what’s truly a signal of a sound performer, and what’s just ‘noise’? Here are five of the indicators for ...more

3 ways to make culture central to your hiring process

There have been quite a few interesting changes to worker attitudes in recent decades from the older to the younger generations. However, one of the most intriguing is undoubtedly the shift from an emphasis on pay and benefits, to one on the ‘culture’ in which one works. Millennials – the generation born roughly between the ...more