Interview questions you thought you could ask, but can’t

questions-you-cant-askRecruiters may feel that by asking personal interview questions they are making an exceptional effort to find the very best candidate, someone who will never let an employer down. But sometimes, what seems like due diligence strays into illegal territory, especially if you ask banned questions. Do this and you risk a tribunal. Individuals and workers are protected by law against.
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Are zero-hour contracts all that bad?

zero-hoursYou can’t have missed the recent furore over news that an estimated one million people across the UK are employed on zero-hour contracts – roughly 3-4% of the workforce. Under the terms of such a contract, employers can keep their workers on call without guaranteeing them even a minimum amount of work. In addition, they only pay for the hours worked.
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Is speed-dating the route to great recruitment?

Speed-datingRecruiters are more pressed for time than ever before as business, work and every kind of pressure conspire to squeeze time out of diaries. Speed dating is the go-to model in our time-constrained world for matching couples: dragon’s den entrepreneurs with business angels, pets with owners and now, recruiter with candidate. But is speed dating really the perfect model to.
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Interest rates tied with unemployment rates

London-skylineIs the jobs crisis finally being tackled? Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has parachuted into his new job and hit the ground running. One of his first announcements at the beginning of August was that interest rates will remain at the all-time low level of 0.5% until unemployment drops from its current 7.8% to 7%. He reckons it.
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The hardest jobs to recruit

The-hardest-jobs-to-recruitWith lots of candidates seemingly applying for every job opportunity, you wouldn’t think there would be so many jobs that are difficult to recruit. But you might be surprised at why some positions are so difficult to fill, especially as some of them seem so common. Here are five of the hardest jobs to recruit for at the moment.   Management / Executives In.
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Recruiter Soapbox: Zero hours contracts

John-LeesAccording to the CIPD, about 1 million UK workers are on zero hours contracts. Are they fair? They might strike you as an odd feature of today’s marketplace, apparently subverting a century of employee protection by allowing employers to turn the pay tap on or off at a whim. Critics claim they offer a very one-sided deal – giving employers.
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Do video interviews work?

Do-video-interviews-workGone are the days when recruiters needed to sweat over a stack of CVs, agonising over which candidates to invite in for interview. Nowadays, before you commit to meet a candidate face-to-face, you can screen them on the telephone, via email or – more recently – by assessing them using a video interview. Video interviews can be conducted in two ways.
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Sector focus: Secretarial Part 2

Secretarial sector focusEvery month we’ll be taking an in-depth look at a particular sector and letting you know how it’s doing. From employment figures and salaries to the latest trends and stories that rocked that industry. This month we’re focusing on the secretarial industry. In part 1 we analysed how the secretarial industry was doing in the jobs market. In this second.
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Sector focus: Secretarial

Secretarial sectorEvery month we’ll be taking an in-depth look at a particular sector and letting you know how it’s doing. From employment figures and salaries to the latest trends and stories that rocked that industry. This month we’re giving you a snapshot on the secretarial industry, which year-on-year has gone from strength to strength. Secretarial jobs market The secretarial and PA sector has grown.
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Recruiter Soap Box: Are young British workers slacking?

SundbergIn case you missed it, renowned television chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver, recently interviewed for the Good Housekeeping Magazine, said the following about the lack of work ethic from young British workers in his kitchens: ‘British kids particularly, I have never seen anything so wet behind the ears. I have mummies phoning up for 23-year-olds saying to me, “My son is too.
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