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Is recruitment an endless task?

How long do your staff stay in your organisation? If they’re constantly moving on and you feel like the recruitment process is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge – it’s time to take a step back and discover why they’re leaving. Firstly – unless you’re...

Why engage an agency?

If you’ve got a professional HR team in-house, why would you even think about working with an agency? After all you have highly qualified professionals on tap. They know how to create job ads, they understand how to use job boards, they know where to...

Are Your Candidates Wasting Your Time?

When you embark on recruitment for technical roles it should be pretty straightforward – you specify the technical skills they need and then interview the people who have those skills.  Wrong! If you’ve ever been through this process you’ll know that what people say they can...

Grow Your Team’s Skills

Job descriptions or role profiles are often created for a role and then don’t change for years – despite the fact that the organisation is continually evolving and the objectives change from year to year and month to month. The technical skills that were essential last...

A Recruiter’s Perspective

A member of the HR team for a technical company explains the challenges of recruiting technical staff. Our HR team are all qualified professionals, but not technically qualified.  With a staff in the London office of around 250, the majority are techies – programmers, technical authors,...

Finding Round Pegs

Growing companies need the right staff with the right skills to help them to grow and deliver what their clients expect and want. Finding people that fit not only technical skill requirements, but who also fit into the team well is always a challenge.  A good...

Planning for the Future

You know your technical staff can do the jobs they’ve been employed to do, but how do you build your future team and keep good staff from moving on to a ‘better’ job elsewhere? Technical assessments have several applications apart from ensuring new hires have reasonable...

Are You an ASS?

If you’re interviewing technical staff you would expect that people who apply for the job are up to it.  However, it’s not unusual for a candidate to fall far short of the technical skills required for the job – and the employer doesn’t discover this...

Business needs Technology

Today the idea of running any business without technology is unbelievable.  In fact, if your technology doesn’t work for any reason the entire business can grind to a halt, we are so dependent on the internet and the software we use every day. When your business...

Please let us know you can’t make it

When you are job hunting, at first you’re delighted to get interview opportunities, but then you begin to get more selective. As you refine the kind of position you really want – and, perhaps more specifically, those you don’t want, some jobs lose their rosy...