Chris Smith, CEO of digital recruitment specialists Opinio Group, looks at the best ways to conduct an interview to ensure both the interviewer and the candidate will benefit from the experience.
Research from Monster.co.uk reveals an interviewee’s first impression is impacted by everything from the reception area to what they think of the interviewer’s handshake and fashion sense.
It’s not as simple as it seems to part company with an employee in this day and age. There are so many potential ramifications that even a mutual parting of the ways can sometimes come back to haunt the parties and end up in an employment tribunal.
Should a degree be a prerequisite in the hiring process? This is a common question that gets debated extensively. In my experience, work experience is fast becoming more valuable than that of a university degree, with attitude, passion and personality all playing a key role for those job hunting. In the UK, 99% of all companies are small to medium size businesses, and recently 9 out of 10 employers in the UK testified to the fact that they hire according to skills and experience, not purely on merit of a university degree.
Posted on 22nd September 2014 in Recruitment.
Andrew Sumner, Managing Director of Monster.co.uk — which became the first UK jobsite to exclude unpaid internships from their site — advises SMEs on how to ensure a positive experience for both employer and employee.
Hiring is one of the most important responsibilities of a small business owner. The right person can be a great addition to a growing company, while the wrong person can be detrimental.
The key to finding the right people begins with a smart hiring strategy. Start by thinking about where your business will be in the future and the number of employees you’ll need to get there. Then determine what your business needs today and how much you can currently afford to pay.
According to research approximately 40% of new employees leave their respective companies within just a year, typically because they did not live up to expectations, or the job was not what they thought it was. The net result of these high levels of staff churn is that it soon becomes very expensive and resource-intensive. With this in mind organisations are turning their attentions to lengthening the employee lifecycle. While improved job satisfaction is often synonymous with extended employee lifecycles, achieving this involves a co-ordinated strategy focused on the provision of growth opportunities, personal development and upward mobility.
Posted on 12th September 2014 in Recruitment.
An innovative idea or a fantastic product is a great start, but to develop that into a successful business you’ll need the right team of people around you. It’s a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs. Great ideas people don’t always make the best employers, and many founders fail to attract the right people or keep them on board as they grow.
Posted on 8th September 2014 in Recruitment.
The Health and Work Service (HWS) is scheduled to be introduced in England and Wales on 31 October 2014, with full implementation by 31 March 2015. In England and Wales this service will be provided by a single “independent” supplier, Health Management Limited, part of the Maximus group, which will operate under the supervision of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) on a maximum budget of around £170 million over five years. This budget will be derived from scrapping Statutory Sick Pay Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) reimbursements to employers. In Scotland the service will be operated directly by the Government.
According to the latest ONS data, the number of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) is on the decline. This is great news for the British economy and especially for those firms benefitting from young talent joining their workforce. But while the number is falling, we mustn’t forget there are still 955,000 NEETS still out there across the UK.
Posted on 1st September 2014 in Recruitment.
It’s been well-publicised that the UK is in the midst of an ongoing digital skills shortage. And with more and more organisations looking to take on technically gifted talent, it appears unlikely that this will halt any time soon. In fact, as the growth of digital technology continues to have an impact on almost every area of business, increasing numbers of these professionals will be required. But how can companies secure this technical talent at a time of a skills shortage?
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.
When we talk about the “traditional” job role in today’s workforce, what does that make you think of? It’s a tough question to answer, and with the continual culture of innovation and development in and beyond the manufacturing industry, traditional job roles are evolving. More and more, we see strategic roles in fields such as research and development (R&D) becoming more important than ever to drive innovation and business growth.
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.