Recruitment

How firms can avoid the mediocrity trap

06 May 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

Managers who are emotionally insecure or who have a fragile self-esteem face a dilemma when making hiring decisions. That’s why B-players often fail to hire the best people.

How firms can avoid the mediocrity trap

06 May 2019 | Manfred Kets De Vries

Managers who are emotionally insecure or who have a fragile self-esteem face a dilemma when making hiring decisions. That’s why B-players often fail to hire the best people.

Hire for how they learn, not what they know

11 Oct 2017 | Max McKeown

Learning new things is at the heart of innovation. That's why how a person learns is far more important than what they know. So you need to hire people not for what they know now, but because they can adapt to the future.

The myth of the social-savvy job seeker

23 Dec 2013 | Brian Amble

Despite all the stereotypes about Gen Y's technological savvy, a new study has found that many of these 'digital natives' are ignorant or even sceptical about the usefulness and desirability of using social media to enhance their job search experience.

Screening social media alienates job candidates

27 Nov 2013 | Brian Amble

Companies that invade the privacy of job applicants by prying into their social media activities risk alienating and driving away the very top job candidates they hope to attract , new research has shown.

Print is dead. Long-live LinkedIn

07 Aug 2013 | Brian Amble

In just five years, social media has become an integral part of job searching as well as a crucial tool for recruiters. According to a new survey, LinkedIn is now the dominant force as far as recruitment is concerned, with print media now all-but extinct.

Hiring new remote team members

03 May 2012 | Wayne Turmel

Not everyone is cut out to work in a remote team. So how can you find people who are prepared - and suitable - to work in a virtual environment? Here are some key things to ask prospective team members.

The right attributes for the job

02 Apr 2012 | Brian Amble

Personal characteristics are more likely to help a candidate land a job than academic qualifications, a new UK study suggests.

An unpopular cause

16 Nov 2011 | Brian Amble

Encouraging a positive attitude towards ex-offenders isn't exactly the most popular of causes, but "everybody deserves a second chance" is the message championed by serial entrepreneur, Richard Branson.

It's the attitude, stupid

31 May 2011 | Brian Amble

Many organisations are complaining of recruitment problems despite record levels of unemployment. But it's not a lack of skills or experience that's the real problem, it's employers' refusal to change their attitudes or the way they recruit people.

Overqualified, under-rated

13 Dec 2010 | Brian Amble

The idea that overqualified workers are easily bored and prone to quit is a myth, a new study has suggested. Instead, intelligent workers can be of enormous benefit to companies.

India and China firms seeking European and American talent

12 Oct 2010 | Brian Amble

A growing number of firms from India and China are planning to increase the number of staff they hire in North America and Europe, a new report has revealed.

A rule about hiring and firing

13 Aug 2009 | Bryan Alaspa

There are two very difficult things to deal with as a manger. The first is hiring the right people. The second is firing someone. The the rule to live by here is to "hire slowly and fire quickly".

Drowning under a flood of resumés

24 Mar 2009 | Nic Paton

Organisations are being deluged with applications for each and every vacancy. But that doesn't make it any easier to hire the right person. In fact it often makes it harder.

New job, same old bad habits?

24 Feb 2009 | Nic Paton

A new recruit can seem like a breath of fresh air but, if you're not careful, they can also bring all their previous bad habits and quirks into your workplace.

Managers stick with poor performers rather than hire new faces

20 Nov 2008 | Nic Paton

Most managers would prefer to stick with someone they know, even if they are a pain to manage or not pulling their weight, rather than start over and hire a new face.

Half of hiring decisions a mistake, say managers

07 Oct 2008 | Nic Paton

With managers admitting that half their hiring decisions are a mistake, perhaps it's no wonder that so many jobs go downhill so quickly.

Can big company executives suceed in a start-up?

21 Aug 2008 | Michael Travis

Identifying big company executives who can achieve success with a start-up can be tough. Many star players at big companies wilt in a small company where they have finite resources and little or no supporting infrastructure.

Why should I hire YOU?

01 Aug 2008 | Bryan Alaspa

A job interview can be an intimidating experience from beginning to end. While most of the questions you're likely to be asked are relatively straightforward, one that seems deceptively simple can be the hardest to answer. That question is "Why should I hire you?".

UK firms failing to recruit international leaders

30 Jul 2008 | Nic Paton

In the global business world it makes sense to recruit internationally-focused executives and leaders. So why do only a fifth of British employers agree?