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Stephen O'Donnell

Where are all the Scottish MP’s?

It occurs to me that there is something lacking from the current campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum. Where are those Scottish members of the Westminster Parliament, who surely would be amongst the most central characters in this historic vote? Scotland is represented in Westminster by 59 MP’s, who will all become redundant if a...

The Crazy-to-Hire Matrix

Firstly I should point out that this is a bit of fun, and need not be taken too seriously. However, as with all good jokes, it works better if it’s true enough to be plausible. We were prompted to come up with the Crazy-to-Hire Matrix after viewing this politically incorrect video on the intricacies of...

From Barber’s Chair to Job Application

You know that point when you’re sitting in the barber or hairdresser’s chair? You are maybe half way through your haircut, can see exactly what’s happening in the mirror, and you’re thinking “I’m not sure I like where this is going”.  It would be pretty tricky (or impossible for some) to criticise the person standing...

Counteroffers – how employers handle rejection

They say that only when someone is tested by rejection, do they reveal themselves. I have found that when a candidate goes through a full recruitment process, but ultimately rejects the offer, how the employer handles it can speak volumes. Equally, when in receipt of a resignation letter, a classy or petulant response can inform...

Pray for Recruits

I had a client that manufactured mobile phone antennae for Motorola in Scotland. Their headquarters was in Israel, where they manufactured radios fixed to one Christian radio station. When I asked the HR Manager how they normally recruited, he told me that the senior managers usually get together in this room (we were sitting in),...

PC Evaluate Partners with PeopleClues for UK Launch

PCEvaluate Brings America’s Leading Online Candidate Assessment and Profiling Tools to the UK PCEvaluate, founded by Stephen O’Donnell, one of the UK’s best known online recruitment experts, launched today to bring the ‘PeopleClues’ suite of online psychometric assessment and profiling tools to the UK, to enable employers to improve their recruitment processes, and end the...

Missing Chrome App Icons

Seemingly out of the blue, I’ve lost all my frequently used extension icons, which typically appear to the right of the address bar. Where I used to see icons for things like HootSuite, LastPass, and Screen Capture, now there’s just a little double-arrow I have to click in order to see a drop-down list of...

Imitation and Flattery

Did you know that it was Duracell themselves who invented the Energizer Bunny? Coppertopped battery manufacturer Duracell began using a pink bunny in their adverts in 1972. Famously one of those adverts featured a lineup of similar pink bunnies, with the logos of other rival firms, which of course ran out of power long before...

Guardian Article on Universal JobMatch

DWP plans to ditch ridiculed jobs website Universal Jobmatch set to be jettisoned after it was found to be carrying a series of fake, repeat or fraudulent jobs ads The government has drawn up plans to scrap its official jobs website, Universal Jobmatch, after recognising it is too expensive and that its purpose is undermined...
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