All posts written by Jo Faragher

How to spot a phony candidate

phony-candidates The economic downturn has meant a shrinking pool of potential vacancies for jobseekers, so it’s hardly surprising that some will go to extreme lengths to get noticed by employers. In fact, a survey conducted at the end of last year by Staffbay found that, shockingly, a fifth would lie on their CV if it meant impressing a future boss. As a.
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Nightmare candidates that you’d never, ever hire

nightmare-candidatesIn a daunting interview situation, it’s not unusual for a candidate to clam up and forget what they were going to say. But in a screening call with a candidate some time ago, Ashley Hever, head of talent acquisition (UK & Ireland) for Enterprise Rent-A-Car got more than he bargained for. “I was asked to call [the candidate’s] mobile,” he explains. .
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Do employee referral schemes work?

referralReferral schemes are nothing new, but with the growth of social media and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, they now have the potential to take on a life of their own. An opportunity can be shared and re-shared by a far broader network than a hiring team would typically be able to reach. Many employers operate the schemes as a.
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Tips for part-time recruiters

If you’re new to recruiting, or it’s something you don’t do very often, it can seem like quite a daunting job. From understanding what you’re legally allowed to ask candidates, to ensuring your interview technique gives you relevant information, it all may feel like uncharted territory. So what can part-time recruiters learn from those who find hiring second nature? And what are.
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Social recruiting: mistakes that’ll make you cringe

Whether you’re a recruiter or a jobseeker, you’ll be aware of the positive potential of social media to help you find jobs or candidates. But as with most shiny new fads, we’ve still got a lot to learn. And while most of us realise it’s not advisable to post ‘that’ picture of the tequila tasting party alongside our LinkedIn profile,.
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Apprenticeships: are they making a difference?

Two key things happened in the jobs market towards the end of last year. In November, youth unemployment topped the landmark figure of 1 million; and around the same time, the Government announced it would boost spending on apprenticeships by £250m as part of a wider £1bn youth unemployment package. During 2011, the Government spent a total of £1.4bn to create.
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Should UK firms prioritise UK workers?

There was a rather lame joke doing the rounds recently after it emerged that Britain could soon be invaded by tropical mosquitoes, potentially spreading deadly diseases. “All those foreign mosquitoes, taking our mosquitoes’ jobs, stealing our women,” went the refrain. But the underlying sentiment has not been far from the headlines lately. Earlier this month, employment minister Chris Grayling urged British.
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