Finding candidates

How to spot the dream employee

With so many candidates walking into the interview room, all using the same buzzwords and the same r...
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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 recru...
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Is their CV too good to be true?

Writing a CV is becoming an art form today and people are investing increasing amounts of time makin...
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Working with passive candidates

As a blade-sharp recruitment consultant with hundreds of active jobseekers on your books, do you really need to direct resources into targeting so-called ‘passive candidates’? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’, as nowadays it’s all about having the right person in mind before the role has even emerged. And with only about 20% of workers […]
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Missing out on a top candidate

With so many CVs to sift through and plenty of candidates to interview, it can be easy to accidentally 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. Peter Burgess, managing director at […]
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Improving your candidate pool

It’s a recruiter’s market at the moment, which means you probably have to sift through more unsuitable job applications than ever before. So how can you make sure only the best candidates apply? Ben Kershaw, managing director at Manchester-based Benjamin James Consultancy, says the most important thing is to clearly outline in your job ad […]
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Tips for headhunters

Headhunters are sometimes seen as a mixed blessing. On the plus side, you’re useful for organizations looking to recruit a talented senior executive, and a lifeline to ambitious professionals stuck in a dull job. On the downside, while candidates find it flattering to be singled out for a great career move, they can feel hounded […]
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How to filter CVs

The prospect of receiving hundreds of applications for one vacancy is both a recruiter’s dream, and a nightmare. How to sift through all those CVs to find that gem of a candidate can seem like a complete conundrum at times. Everyone has their own way of thinning the pile. Some overwhelmed recruiters use extreme methods, […]
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How to decide between candidates

You’ve written a fantastic job advert and had lots of talented candidates sending in their applications. You picked the cream of the crop and interviewed a few, and now you realise there are (at least) two that you think would be more than capable of performing the role. How do you choose between them? True, […]
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