Articles by author Helen Beckett

How to help a candidate on their first day

If you’d like your relationship with candidates and employers to last, it’s vital the first day at work goes well. First impressions can be hard to budge, so doing some hand-holding for the candidate’s first day can help ensure it’s a success. Here’s what to do. One week to go Call the candidate up a […]
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Selling the employer to the candidate

Candidates can get turned off an employer or job before they even step foot through the door if any part of the recruitment process is poor. That places a huge responsibility on the recruiter to get it right first time and promote the brand and position every step of the way.   Scary but true […]
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You’re treating candidates badly when…

1. You lie During an interview, do you make generalised comments or any of the following statements without meaning it?   “You’re the best candidate for this position” Have you already interviewed everyone? You might like the candidate but find one even better. Stick to the truth,”This interview has gone very well and you are […]
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Treat your candidates right

Candidate experience is the phrase on many recruiter’s lips at the moment. We’re in a buyer’s market currently but in some sectors of skills shortage, candidates hold the cards. And as we move out of recession, expect jobseekers to get choosier. Tell them what they want to know Research carried out by The Guardian shows […]
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Dealing with a difficult new hire

So you’ve placed a new hire who seemed the perfect match but news on the grapevine is that it isn’t such a happy union after all. How can a recruiter fix early signs of trouble? Sonia Hendy-Isaac, senior lecturer in curriculum design for employer engagement at Birmingham City University, offers her tips.   When should […]
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