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Candidates
KNOWING THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING Debate has raged online this week amongst recruiters about the efficacy (and moral right) of employers demanding to know a candidate’s salary history as part of the hiring process. Not only do they want the question answered, but they want undeniable proof, in case a...
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...
Or – NO, I WAS INTERVIEWING YOU! With the inexorable rise of social media and the relentless pursuit of so-called passive candidates, recruiters now, more than ever, find themselves being grilled by candidates. In this role reversal, potential jobseekers who have been approached are much more likely to demand good reasons to take your call,...
T’is the season to be … well, predicting what could happen in our industry in the next 12 months. There will be a slew of these, and perhaps where our predictions overlap, there may be some agreement. Anyhoo, here’s my take. It will become clearer that Greater London and the rest of the UK are...
These are typical of the kind of questions I like to ask candidates in interview.  What are your favourite questions?   1. Which sensation do you enjoy the most? For example the sensation of winning, achieving, relief, being ahead of schedule, independence, being part of a team etc. 2. Of your siblings and peers, who is...
How would jobseekers feel if employers were compelled to only recruit the quantifiably, measurably and definitively very best candidate for each job?  How would employers feel if a substantial amount of choice and discretion was taken from them, and they had to justify every recruit in terms that could be described as scrupulously fair? Being...
This is a response to a very interesting article published here, which discusses the ways in which job boards need to evolve to stay relevant, and avoid becoming the old-school media dinosaurs that they previously usurped.   We live in very interesting times. Differentiation is key. Recruitment agencies are coming to the realisation that in...
Nekkid as a jay bird This was no ordinary interview. I was given last minute instructions; “Enter the room, acknowledge the recruitment panel of 8 elderly men in uniform, hang up my robe on the hook provided, and stand, facing the panel, on the footprints marked on the floor, NAKED AS THE DAY WAS BORN!...
How much do you know about Psychometric or Personality Profiling? Everyone in the recruitment sector will have at least some experience of this subject, and yet the views of so many people will often be wildly different.  There really is no universal understanding of Profiling. The term psychometric profiling actually refers to a whole range of...
Recruiting Animal, known as @Animal on Twitter, has written a book, The Psychology of Job Hunting.  As criticism is almost as good as praise, and easier to come by, he invited me, and a select few others to review the 80-page book, which is currently free to download on Amazon for Kindle. (Correction, the price has...
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