How to give the right candidate experience

When I was an in-house recruiter, getting the candidate experience right was the holy grail. For me, this tells a candidate everything they need to know about the business they are applying to, how it operates and what its values are. From the first acknowledgment email, to the interview process and then to the offer, the experience a candidate has.
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Interview tips: what not to say

When I was asked to write a blog about interviews – and what can sometimes go wrong with them – one part of me wanted to do a piece that offered interview tips knowing that there are record numbers of unemployed people out there desperate for any insight that might help them secure a job. Another part of me (the loudest.
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Aim for the best candidates

Recruiters: stop sending the first few candidates who say “yes” to your live jobs and start looking for the best candidates instead. That does not mean it should be a drawn out protracted process, but the first few candidates who say “yes” – are you certain they’re the best for your client? I have been in the recruitment industry for the.
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Totaljobs Barometer report: Q2 2012

People predicting a double-dip recession will point to the news from our latest Barometer report that the number of jobs has fallen by 5.5% in the last quarter. Compared to the same period last year, however, jobs posted has grown by 6.2%, indicating that things are still improving long-term. The recruitment industry’s traditional New Year surge may well hold a clue.
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The perils of social recruiting

It seems that everywhere you look these days, people are talking about “social recruiting”. Well, they are everywhere I look. It’s almost as if “social media” is some new magical treasure trove of otherwise unattainable candidates – which of course it isn’t. All that’s happened is the group of people you used to attract via job postings and traditional adverts are.
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NHS cuts: how many nurse jobs have really been lost?

The coalition’s £20 billion NHS economy drive is decimating the nursing profession or having little effect, depending on who you listen to. Whichever figures are correct, the reality looks like more nurses are needed rather than fewer… Of all the job sectors across the UK, nursing has been the one in the spotlight over the past few months, due to growing.
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Lee McQueen: why recruiters should look at new talent

With unemployment at an all-time high, recruiters are inundated with candidates to choose from, so sometimes it’s easy to be fussy about your candidates and only pick the most experienced. We know it can seem daunting sending a new school leaver or someone with different industry experience to a client. You panic they may cost more to train, or they’ll change.
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10 recruiting annoyances that jobseekers hate – and how you can avoid them

It can be easy to forget that a job advert and job interview needs to sell the company to a prospective employee as well as the other way around. While you have a vacancy to fill, you’re asking someone to put their career and potential happiness in your hands, so it’s important to make sure that you do a good job.
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What do you do when the ideal candidate slips through the net?

With so many CVs to sift through and so many candidates to interview on a daily basis, it’s all too easy to let the ideal applicant slip through the net. Most recruiters, despite their best intentions, will probably have overlooked a top performer at some point, only to lose them to a competitor. Losing them online Peter Burgess, managing director at Retail.
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Copywriting for recruiters

What is wrong with this job advert? Job title: Accounts Assistant Location: Anytown Salary: Depends on experience My prestigious industry-leading client, based in Anytown, is currently recruiting 4 an outstanding Accounts Assistnat the roll is 2 start ASAP. Key duties include: input receipts and payments, checking tansactions, running CHAPS and BACS, purchase ledger, creating reports when required. The successful candidate will have previous experience of.
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