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3 ways technology is changing recruitment

We may not be ready to be interviewed by robots but popularity of recruitment software is rising among HR teams and Hiring Managers. With many recruitment processes now relying heavily on digital outlets, including social media, online advertising and email marketing, to attract new talent, it is important to reflect on the changes this new wave of recruiting has introduced.

Wider network

With recruitment going digital, companies are no longer reliant on ‘walk…


Added by Kerry Clifton on May 3, 2017 at 6:28am — 1 Comment

Why is it important for an Agency Recruiter to meet a candidate?

A popular question within the recruiting world.  

It is important for candidates to understand why this is a critical part of the hiring process and why it’s an important part of the recruitment triangle in determining whether the agency is worth dealing with.…


Added by Kerry Clifton on April 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Catching the Purple Unicorn

in an enchanted land far far away there lived some magical creatures.  These creatures were so amazing that there was nothing they could not do, everything they did was perfect.

Happily they roamed the land helping those less fortunate.  If…


Added by Kerry Clifton on February 10, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Getting through an Interview one step at a time

Like it or not to get a new job there has to be an interview. Most people dread the process which can turn perfectly rational people into a gibbering mess.

Interviews really are not all that bad.  Ideally information is shared between the job applicant and the employer so both parties can decide if the role and the applicant are an ideal fit.

Preparation in…


Added by Kerry Clifton on February 6, 2017 at 5:26am — No Comments

Traits of a good recruiter

With Recruiter Agency Recruiters dealing with two sets of clients on a daily basis, it is important for them to have the ability to balance the needs of both.

This is the list of traits that you should recognise in your current recruiters;

  • Good recruiters know as much as possible…


Added by Kerry Clifton on January 20, 2017 at 6:09am — No Comments

Using Social Media as a Recruiting Tool

Here we discuss our best tips on how to attract the right candidates whilst continuing to represent your company brand on social media.

Less is more

Use your posts as a Call to Action and give just enough information so people want to contact you. With limited characters on some platforms it’s important to get to the point quickly.

TIP: Don’t…


Added by Kerry Clifton on January 17, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

10 Top tips for surviving the office Christmas party

It’s that time of year again…………………….in fact ‘tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la, la la la la!

The trouble is that always, without a doubt, someone is going to make a fool of themselves at the office Christmas party. People end up saying or doing things they might regret.  Remember it might be a party, but it’s also a work event – people will be…


Added by Kerry Clifton on December 2, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Infographic - Interview Preparartion - What should you do?

Added by Kerry Clifton on November 18, 2016 at 5:11am — No Comments

What to do prior to an interview

Despite all the technology in the world, you still have to go through the interview process. But what should you do on the run up to the day?

  1. Research the company

    You are most definitely going to be asked what you know about the company. This is a standard interview question for any industry and you need to…


Added by Kerry Clifton on November 18, 2016 at 5:10am — No Comments

Client Woes from the World of IT Contracting

A few weeks back I did a blog about The Top 10 Woes for Contractors -, so I thought it would be good to explore the same subject from the client perspective. Here are the top woes I have heard from clients…


Added by Kerry Clifton on October 14, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments

The Xpert Recruitment Process

Added by Kerry Clifton on September 15, 2016 at 4:44am — No Comments

10 woes from the world of IT contracting

Because contracting does have its darker side…

Less Security

Contractors are not covered by the same employment law rules that apply to permanent employees


You will be running your own business alongside the work you are doing as a contractor. Remember to find time each week for the paper work.…


Added by Kerry Clifton on September 7, 2016 at 8:29am — No Comments

Infographic - Top Tips for your CV

Top Tips for your CV

Added by Kerry Clifton on August 19, 2016 at 6:11am — No Comments

NEWS UPDATE: Recruitment Industry still booming despite post-Brexit slump

Recent data collected by Adzuna shows that 1.158 million positions were created in June. This equates to 0.5 job seekers per open position.

Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna comments,…


Added by Kerry Clifton on August 5, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Why technology can never replace the recruitment consultant

A recent study showed that a computer algorithm was more reliable than a human recruiter at hiring. The study was conducted by the US National Bureau of Economic Research and found that those placed by a computer algorithm stayed in their roles 15% longer than those placed by humans.

With recruitment…


Added by Kerry Clifton on August 5, 2016 at 8:27am — No Comments

Interview with a recruiter

How long have you worked in recruitment?

37 years!

What made you join the recruitment industry?

I suppose you can say I set out to work in the recruitment industry, although this was not initially my long term career goal. My mum worked as a temp while my sister and I were growing up, so I knew a little bit about the industry, or so I thought.

My work experience at school was at Alfred Marks, recruitment agency, in Romford, they…


Added by Kerry Clifton on July 13, 2016 at 4:11am — 1 Comment

Four types of problem candidate

There are different types of a difficult candidate that hiring manager’s experience in an interview. Here is a list of the most common and how to deal with the situation.

The Quiet Candidate

Conducting an interview with a quiet or shy candidate can…


Added by Kerry Clifton on June 15, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

It’s only an advert

Let’s be honest finding great candidates can be tough at times and smaller companies can struggle to gain the traction required.

You can convince yourself that candidates are not readily applying because they are unaware of the brand, your office is in the wrong location or your skill requirements are too niche. However, it is more likely to be your job advert.

Job adverts…


Added by Kerry Clifton on May 17, 2016 at 9:11am — No Comments

The top 5 things Hiring Managers need to consider before purchasing an ATS?

How easy it is to scale when your company grows?

If you are looking for an Applicant Tracking System it probably means that your company is in the midst of expanding. When looking for an ATS, you need to consider how easy it will be to scale up. More employees results in more HR work, so your team is likely to grow and will need access to the system. You need to ask yourself;

Will your ATS…


Added by Kerry Clifton on May 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

What's in a name - the introduction of name blind recruitment

During October 2015, David Cameron announced that ‘name blind’ recruitment will be introduced into the processing of University admissions and apprenticeship applications.  This is a key weapon in the fight against admission discrimination and will be introduced by 2017.…


Added by Kerry Clifton on April 19, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments


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