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4 induction must-dos to get the best from your new starter

A fish out of water

Starting a new job is exciting. But it’s also scary. You don’t know where anything is. You don’t know the people you’ll be working with. You don’t know what your manager’s going to be like. Like a fish out of water, if you’re left […]

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How to recruit people with the right values for your business

What’s your red line?

Employing people who share the same values as your organisation is clearly beneficial. For the employee, that’s because: “Staff whose values are more clearly aligned with that of their employer, and whose roles allow them to live out these values, have higher levels of […]

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strengths-based recruitment

Why strengths-based recruitment gets to the heart of what motivates someone

It’s all about the ‘why’

We know that what makes someone a high performer is not just that they can do the job but that the job is something they love to do. Energy, motivation and interest are integral to performance. But typically in recruitment what we look for […]

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How a transparent assessment process makes for better hiring decisions

Letting the cat out of the bag

How we assess candidates was once something to be kept secret and hidden. We felt, perhaps, it would make things too easy for people if we let them know what was going to happen during an interview or assessment. Perhaps we thought people’s spontaneous […]

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time management

A Time Management Technique To Get The Most Out Of Work

A guest blog by Miles Seecharan

Do you get to the end of the day feeling like you’ve achieved what you set out to achieve that morning? Or are you more like the rest of us, frustrated by how many distractions got in the way? If you’ve worked with me, […]

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How to prepare for interviews to maximise your chance of success

Readiness is all

You perform better in interviews and assessment centres if you’ve prepared beforehand. Sounds beyond obvious, right? Thing is, often candidates don’t know what or how they should be preparing. After all you don’t know what you’re going to be asked – so how can […]

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direct hiring

6 things to consider when direct hiring for the first time

Cutting out the middleman

Like anything you do for the first time, direct hiring can be a scary prospect. That’s why so many organisations use recruitment agencies to source candidates for them. Why take on the administrative burden when there are experts out there who can do a […]

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The 5 risks you face if you lower the benchmark for shortlisted candidates

Want more bums on seats?

One of my customers had a problem. Their graduate recruitment process wasn’t delivering enough candidates to fill the vacancies they had available. They knew the standards candidates were required to meet. They knew the number of vacancies they needed to fill. But not enough […]

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How to work out the best way to shortlist candidates

What are killer questions?

“What are killer questions and what else can I do to shortlist candidates effectively?” A customer who’s looking to improve their recruitment process asked me this question recently and I thought I’d share my answer with you. Effective shortlisting means sifting out unsuitable job […]

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How to spot and tackle a line manager with poor management skills

Rooting out the problem

We have, I’m sure, all experienced, at some point in our careers, what it’s like to work for a bad manager. Perhaps they were a bully or perhaps they were just really ineffectual. Either way, they had a huge impact on how we felt […]

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