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Not just staring out of the window – What does employee engagement really mean?

Posted by on 6th April 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Not just staring out of the window – What does employee engagement really mean?

Recently I had cause to be on a train. It was a reasonably long journey, but the seats were comfortable, and there was room to work, so I was, in all fairness, enjoying the trip. I caught up on my business reading and emails and even had time for a little reflection time while I was staring out of the window at the passing landscape. Across the way from me, there was a mother and her daughter. The little girl was clearly on a train for the first time and was interested in every little aspect. A plug socket in her chair was a delight. She...

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Getting to know you – Should you test or not test during the employment process?

Posted by on 29th March 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Getting to know you – Should you test or not test during the employment process?

There is a lot of debate around the subject of testing during the employment process and probably with good reason. Regardless of the reason for the testing being carried out, there is a certain validity in the viewpoint that a test is, in essence, only ever an assessment of the performance or answers given during that specific test. Basically, some people are of the opinion that the test only actually checks the candidate’s ability to do the test itself and nothing more. At the heart of the debate around testing then is the question of the...

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“Can I get you a coffee?” How to keep people interested and motivated at work

Posted by on 9th March 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

“Can I get you a coffee?” How to keep people interested and motivated at work

Being a recruiter has some hidden pleasures. One is when you come across a workplace where the employees really want to be there, and you can’t help but wonder how what makes them so interested and motivated at work. A Motivated workplace Have you ever been to a workplace where people are genuinely motivated? You can almost feel it as you walk in the door. Everyone seems to have time for everyone else, and yet the work pours out of the door. When you see a workplace like that you can’t help but be impressed. We see a lot of working...

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Starting from the inside – Why you need to maintain your employer brand to attract the best

Posted by on 29th January 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Starting from the inside – Why you need to maintain your employer brand to attract the best

We have been in the recruitment business for many years now, and we have helped just about every different kind of IT and related industry business. We have seen one-person start-ups, family-run businesses, multi-nationals, and just about everything in between, and at no point have we sat down in front of a prospective client to discuss their employment needs and heard them say: “Actually, we are a pretty boring company, and honestly I wouldn’t work here if I had a choice.” It would be a pretty worrying comment if we did. In fact, I am not...

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Making the right choice – Core strategies for selecting the right person at interview

Posted by on 15th January 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Making the right choice – Core strategies for selecting the right person at interview

The interview is a pivotal point in the hiring process. Candidates will often focus on those few moments because they realise how critical they are and there are seemingly endless sources of advice on the subject. And with good reason, even the best candidate can make or break the chance of a dream job with a bad interview. What is less commonly considered, though, is the importance of the interview for the employer. Which is odd, because if the interview is the point at which a great candidate can crash out of the game, so to speak, then it...

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The importance of full background checks when employing a key candidate

Posted by on 3rd January 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

The importance of full background checks when employing a key candidate

Have you ever been for a job where their recruitment checking was as simple as a quick look at your references? If you have, the chances are that it was a result of one of two things. Either the job role was something fairly innocuous where checks were not needed, or the employer was either unaware of what checks could be carried out or was unaware of the importance of them. A comprehensive background check is vital In the technology industries, a comprehensive background check is usually vital. IT is one of the fastest moving and most...

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Partner not service provider – How to get the best from your tech hire recruiter

Posted by on 21st December 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Partner not service provider – How to get the best from your tech hire recruiter

When you look to hire a new team member for a technical environment, you need to make sure that you are hiring the right person. A bad hire A bad hire can literally cost thousands in lost time, effort, training and of course salary. It could also have a very big impact in the workplace because changing personnel is an unsettling process. Worse still, if you have been unfortunate enough to have hired someone who brought in or developed a toxic personality, you will know the impact the wrong person can have on morale and productivity. A bad...

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High wage, high potential, low numbers – How do we attract more young people into tech careers?

Posted by on 13th December 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

High wage, high potential, low numbers - How do we attract more young people into tech careers?

It would seem that practically every industry is currently crying out for new blood. Every sector seems to be asking how they get more people to start careers in their particular area. The skills needed also seem to range from traditional skills such as carpenters, through to engineers and scientists. Tech sector The tech sector is no different, but there is one issue that sets it apart from the others. Tech should be attractive to young people, shouldn’t it? Are we not supposed to live in a world of tech-savvy kids all queuing up to immerse...

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So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

Posted by on 1st December 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

So where do you see yourself in five years? Why recruiters ask clichéd questions

There is a moment in every interview situation that all interviewees dread, and it’s what feels like the inevitable cliché question. However, while they may seem to be standard rollout questions, they serve a very important purpose. One of the things about clichés is they sometimes have a basis in a particular need and in the case of the interview questions they have come about because, well in honesty they are less cliché and more important information gathering. Some common questions are: “If I asked someone who knows you from work what you...

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Why having a diverse workforce policy could pay dividends for your team

Posted by on 27th November 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Why having a diverse workforce policy could pay dividends for your team

Let’s start by clarifying something. Diversity is not the same thing as equality. Equal opportunities are enshrined in law, and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) have very clear guidelines that all employers should follow. As the name suggests, and to paraphrase a very complicated subject, the equal opportunities law is there to enforce equal treatment for all, regardless of any pre-conceived views or prejudices. One way to consider it is to say it is about making sure that the right person gets the job, without bias. Where the EOC is...

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