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The electronic hammer – Why the human touch remains important in recruitment

The electronic hammer – Why the human touch remains important in recruitment

When you are a recruiter, you deal with people. I don’t have an issue with technology at all, in fact, I am a bit of a gadget geek. Give me something with flashing lights and some buttons, and I will play around with it as much as the next person. However, I like to think I am very aware of the limits of technology and indeed how it can affect our working life.

“I am sure you will fit in here” – Company culture and its effect on staff

Have you ever been to visit a business and felt that you probably wouldn’t want to work there? You walk out without a specific reason why, but something about the place just said it wasn’t right for you. Yet most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the working environment or the perfectly nice people that work in it. It’s just that, while it would be fine for some people, it's not right for you. Similarly, have you ever been drawn to a candidate on ‘gut instinct’ when it was a choice of two qualified applicants?

Common hiring mistakes – A costly and avoidable problem

Common hiring mistakes – A costly and avoidable problem

There is a lot written about the stress for the candidate when it comes to the employment process, but we tend to forget that there is a great deal at stake for the employer as well. A bad candidate choice can result in a cost with little or no return, a disrupted team, a delay in development or efficient working methods, a loss of morale in the workforce and ultimately a further employment cycle to once again fill the post. Hiring someone is quite a major decision, and done wrong it can be a costly mistake, both financially and in terms of the overall business plan.

Hiding that startled look – How do you stay level-headed in an uncertain world?

How do you stay level-headed in an uncertain world?

On a global scale, things have gone a bit weird recently. Regardless of political affiliations, you can’t help notice a certain oddness in the Whitehouse at the moment, and Downing Street seems to be doing its fair share of the unexpected by calling snap elections and, well, just Boris Johnson alone. Companies merge on a grand scale, while the countries they operate in seem to be moving away from large scale in favour of small independent.

Nearer to clay than the cooking pot – Is there a benefit to attitude over experience?

Nearer to clay than the cooking pot – Is there a benefit to attitude over experience?

I heard that saying in the title many years ago in the context of education. At the time, it was referring to how children will learn so much easier than an adult because they have yet to form fixed opinions about the world. They were more the changeable clay that could be anything they wanted than the pot which is only ever a pot.

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