Articles by author Pete Roythorne

Should you cut an interview short?

Sometimes you may feel like the person you are interviewing really isn’t right for the job, so what do you do? Do you cut short the interview or continue it out of courtesy? The actual answer may be even simpler than that, don’t let it get to that stage. Not every candidate that gets to […]
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How to give rejection feedback and why

No one wants to hear that they didn’t get the job. So how can you break the news to candidates in a professional, sincere and positive manner? There are two standard ways to let a job candidate down: you can either give them the bad news in a phone call or a write it to […]
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How to conduct a good panel interview

Recruiters are used to interviewing jobseekers on a one-to-one basis, but panel interviews still present a certain amount of uncertainty. These interviews can be a powerful tool giving you a deeper insight into a candidate’s suitability for a role, but you need to make sure you get the format right otherwise it could be a […]
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How to conduct a phone interview

The UK jobs market is tough and saturated with candidates, prompting more recruiters to use phone interviews as the first step in the interview process. Without being able to see body language, how can recruiters get the best out of phone interviews?   Saving time and money The sheer volume of candidates in the job […]
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How to write the perfect job description

It’s the foundation of the recruitment process, so spending time on a job description at the outset and getting it right will pay dividends in the long term, regardless of whether you are using internal recruiters or outsourcing to a recruitment consultancy. It may seem like a relatively simple exercise, but there’s more to preparing […]
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Interview basics

Interviews can be daunting for both candidate and recruiter; but if the recruiter doesn’t conduct it properly it can lead to the breakdown of the entire process. We’ve broken the interview down and into three stages “pre-interview, during-interview and post-interview” and provided a series of crucial tips to help recruiters ensure they get the best […]
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What is your plan B?

Even after the interview process is finished, it’s a fact of recruitment life that recruiters won’t always find the right candidate for the job. However, if you have a good plan b in place for this scenario you can hit the ground running and still fill the vacancy. A contingency plan or a ‘Plan B’ […]
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5 things to avoid when using social networks

If there’s one thing that social media is great at, it’s finding and connecting people. And as a recruiter you want to be where the most qualified, talented and largest pool of applicants are, which is why social networks and recruitment make such potentially good bedfellows. It’s also why ‘social recruiting’ is gaining prominence within […]
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How to spot the dream employee

With so many candidates walking into the interview room, all using the same buzzwords and the same rehearsed answers, how can recruiters be sure that they don’t miss the dream candidate when they sit in front of them? And then, how do they handle the situation? It’s something recruiters dream about most nights, while jobseekers […]
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Application forms or CVs?

Getting the application process right first time round can save a lot of time further down the recruitment journey. CVs and application forms are both established ways of filtering out the best applicants, but which is the most effective? The role of a good CV or application form is to get the jobseeker in the […]
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