Why you should try new things sometimes and my old Beetle

  For the last 10 years I have owned a bright red Beetle car, Legolas. For the first time, this week he broke down.     I managed to get him into the garage and went off to do some … Continue reading

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Should you ask all candidates the same questions?

  Should you ask all candidates the same questions?     My very first job as a school governor (equivalent to a school board member) was to recruit a new deputy head.     It was quite clear who the … Continue reading

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5 Recruitment Mistakes You Must Avoid – Thinking you are done when your new hire starts.

  Induction – the final but crucial step in the recruitment process     I once worked with a company that made transformers. My project there reduced their turnover rate to 25%. This meant that, as a result of my … Continue reading

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The candidate’s side of recruitment

    This week I had an email from a Grapevine reader after a particularly nasty experience at an interview. I was appalled by his examples. It was as though the interviewer had arranged the interview purely for his own … Continue reading

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5 Recruitment Mistakes You Must Avoid – Why you don’t need the ‘best person for the job’

  Why you don’t need the ‘best person for the job’     When recruiting, most people insist they are out to get the ‘best’ person for the job. And of course that is an admirable aim, but a useless … Continue reading

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5 Recruitment Mistakes – 1 No preparation

  5 Recruitment Mistakes You Must Avoid – Mistake number 1: no preparation   Last week I identified five recruitment mistakes. This week you can find out how to avoid the first mistake – not preparing properly. I remember seeing … Continue reading

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Working from home – does it work?

  Do you sacrifice speed and quality when you work from home?   Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new chief has told their employees that they can no longer work from home according to a number of reports. One of the reasons … Continue reading

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How do you spot poorly performing managers?

  How do you measure poor performance in managers?   If you have ever worked for a poorly skilled manager you know it. You don’t need anyone to tell you. Especially if you have also worked for a really good … Continue reading

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