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Candidate Tips

5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

You should be careful what you say to your boss… because you never know when something you say might get misinterpreted – or stored in their memory for future reference.

Here are some examples.

May 21, 2018
Friday Funnies

5 Things Work Enemies Are Good For

Many people despise having work enemies, but I think we should make the most of a bad situation.

Stay positive and use them to your advantage. Find out how in this week’s blog!

May 9, 2018
Attracting Staff

11 Ways to Find a Brilliant Job Candidate, Faster

When it comes to recruitment, it’s dead important to find a balance between speed and quality. You obviously want a brilliant candidate, but you don’t want to wait months and months for them!

Check out this blog for some tips on how to maintain that balance!

Apr 10, 2018
Candidate Tips

Everything You Need to Know About Psychometric Tests

A lot of companies use psychometric tests to assess job candidates these days – and if you’re not used to them they can be really daunting.

So we put together this blog to give you a helping hand!

Apr 3, 2018
Friday Funnies

11 Inspirational Quotes From The World Of Science

It can be difficult to stay motivated at work, but we’ve collected a handful of inspirational quotes straight from the world of science to help you out.

Find your inspiration inside this blog post!

Mar 15, 2018
Candidate Tips

The Pros and Cons of Doing an Apprenticeship

As it’s National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve got some tips to help you decide whether an apprenticeship is actually right for you.

Check out this blog post for our pros and cons.

Mar 5, 2018
Attracting Staff

5 Reasons You Should Consider Hiring Apprentices

There are many great benefits to hiring apprentices for your business. And it’s really not all about saving money.

Studies show that Apprenticeship Schemes will actually increase productivity and profit at your business for a variety of different reasons…

Feb 26, 2018
Friday Funnies

7 Ways to Beat the January Blues

Returning to work after the Christmas break can spark a case of the January blues.

Not to worry though! We’ve got some advice to get you over the hump and back on track for the New Year.

Jan 3, 2018
Friday Funnies

20 Unfortunate CV Mistakes People Have Made

Have you ever accidentally made a typo on something important and not noticed until it’s too late..? You’re not the only one!

Honestly, these incredible CV mistakes will make you feel better!

Aug 22, 2017
Friday Funnies

13 Brilliant CVs You Won’t Want to Miss

Seeing CV after CV can get repetitive, especially when they all look the same.

That’s why this week I’m sharing some of the most creative CVs I’ve seen!

Jul 27, 2017
Friday Funnies

11 (More) Funny Interview Stories

We’ve all had an embarrassing moment (or two) in interviews (if you haven’t, then you’re very lucky).

But these 11 hilariously funny interview stories are in a league of their own.

May 25, 2017
Candidate Tips

10 Things You Should Do If You Get Sacked

Getting sacked sucks. But it’s not the end of the world and you mustn’t give up.

Check out this SlideShare for some tips on how to stay on track.

May 18, 2017
Candidate Tips

The 3 Most Common Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Whether just starting out in a career or seeking a more senior position, there are still three mistakes job seekers make time and time again.

Find out what they are in this week’s blog post.

Mar 21, 2017
Friday Funnies

23 Ways to Be Happier At Work

Do you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning?

Have the “Sunday Blues” become the “Sunday – Thursday” blues?

Then it’s time to do something about it.

Mar 16, 2017
Candidate Tips

5 (More) Essential CV Tips

Bored of hearing the same old CV tips?

Check out this blog to discover some slightly more interesting insights that’ll help you stand out in the (busy) crowd.

Jan 18, 2017
Assessing Applicants

6 Blog Posts You Should Read This January

If you work in HR and/or recruitment and are looking to improve your processes this year then this article (revealing six highly relevant resources) is just the ticket!

Jan 3, 2017
Staff Retention

12 Ways to Boost Your Team’s Productivity

Are you facing a productivity crisis at your office?

Do you struggle to understand why everything takes so bloomin’ long?

Or are you just the kind of manager who’s always looking to improve things?

This week’s blog is for you!

Oct 31, 2016
Friday Funnies

30 Ways You’re Annoying Your Colleagues [Infographic]

We all have little pet peeves about our co-workers. We spend so much time together, it’s inevitable!

So the next time you get disgruntled with the sniffler or peeved about the “air conditioning situation,” perhaps you should take a moment to consider your own bad habits!

Oct 20, 2016
Candidate Tips

7 Creative Ways to Get a New Job

Struggling to get a new job?

Hoping to work in the creative industries?

Or is the role you’re looking for really, really (really) competitive?

This blog post’s for you.

Sep 21, 2016
Staff Retention

12 Ways to Stop Your Employees Getting Too Bored at Work

Boredom at work is inevitable – right? Wrong!

In fact, it’s really (really) within your interests to banish it for good.

Unless you want your staff to become demoralised, demotivated and disengaged of course..?

Aug 15, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Quick and Simple Ways to Cheer Yourself Up at Work

We all have those rough, tough days at work…

But sitting around moping, moaning and clock-watching for hours will only make matters worse!

Instead, next time, try out some (or all) of these 50 little tricks to turn that frown, upside down.

Jul 29, 2016
Staff Retention

10 Tips For Becoming a Great Manager That People Respect

People aren’t just born with the ability to be a great manager.

It takes hard work, learning and experience – and there’s always space for improvement…

Think you could do with some tips? Check out this week’s blog.

Jul 26, 2016
Attracting Staff

The 10 Pros and Cons of Internal Recruitment

Need to recruit someone for your business?

The perfect person could already be in your midst!

Check out this blog post to find out everything you need to know about the pros (and cons) of internal recruitment.

Jul 4, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Common Job-Seeking Myths That You Should Totally Ignore

According to the internet, all job-hoppers are lazy, all millennials are entitled & all recruiters are evil.

Maybe we shouldn’t believe everything we read online..?

Check out this week’s blog to discover the ten most common job-seeking myths that we should all stop listening to.

Jun 21, 2016
Friday Funnies

10 Amazing Personal Websites You’ve Simply Got To See.

You don’t HAVE to create a personal website to find a job.

But it sure helps. (If you do it RIGHT).

So whether you’d like some inspiration or are just feeling a little bit nosy today, check out this blog to see some smashing examples.

Jun 2, 2016
Candidate Tips

4 Tips for Dealing with a Lazy Co-worker

Is there a lazy person plaguing your workplace?

Do you feel yourself getting frustrated, resentful and/ or even angry with them?

Do you find yourself bitching, telling-tales and plotting your revenge?

Stop! There is a better way…

May 24, 2016
Staff Retention

10 Ways to Motivate Your Lazy Employees!

What’s the best way to deal with a lazy employee?

Act quickly & get rid of them? Ignore them & hope they’ll cop on eventually?

Somewhere in between? (Probably.)

Find out in this week’s blog post…

May 16, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Networking Tips for Shy Professionals

Do you get nervous at networking events?

Does the very idea of introducing yourself to a room full of strangers make you shudder and cringe?

Then this week’s blog is for you!

May 4, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Odd Phrases That Should Be Banned From The Workplace

What have ducks got to do with a business..? What about chickens..?

Have you ever noticed how many bird-related metaphors there are out there?

Discover 50 of the oddest, most irritating phrases people use at work!

Apr 28, 2016
Candidate Tips

10 Tips On What (and What Not) to Wear At a Job Interview

You’d be surprised by how powerful an interview outfit can be.

It could enhance your mood, confidence and the general impression you make on interviewers.

It could make you come across uninterested, over-relaxed or even lazy.

Apr 12, 2016
Assessing Applicants

80 Interview Questions You Could Ask Job Candidates

Interviewing can get a bit boring – especially if you’re asking the same old questions over and over again.

Why not shake things up a little?

This week, we’ve put together a SUPER-list of sample interview questions, for some fresh inspiration.

Apr 4, 2016
Candidate Tips

5 (Odd) Interview Tips You (Probably) Haven’t Heard Before

The internet is packed full of articles about how to prepare for an interview.

But aren’t you sick of reading the same old “advice” over and over again?

This week, discover some of the best, less obvious (and slightly odd) interview tips we could find.

Mar 15, 2016
Friday Funnies

28 Reasons Why Work Friends Are The Best!

A great “work friend” will do wonders for your everyday happiness.

Accepting your weaknesses and celebrating your strengths, they’ll help you get through the day, with a smile on your face – especially when things get tough.

How? Check out this blog to find out!

Mar 10, 2016
Friday Funnies

25 Weird Employee Complaints, HR Managers Have (Genuinely) Received

We’ve all worked with irritating colleagues…

But most of us (unless it’s a really big issue that’s affecting our work) will keep our mouths shut and power through the frustration.

Of course, there are some who prefer to take “a stand” – as you’ll see in this week’s blog post.

Mar 3, 2016
Staff Retention

10 Simple Tips for Welcoming a New Employee to Your Team

Do you leave new employees to fend for themselves?

Do you assume that they’ll simply introduce themselves to everyone else?

Do you reckon the job role will pretty much speak for itself?

Then, you definitely need to read this blog!

Feb 2, 2016
Staff Retention

What Should You Do When a Staff Member Is Underperforming?

The toughest thing you’ll face as a Manager is dealing with an underperformer.

You can be too ruthless (sacking first, asking questions later) but you can also be too generous (which your hard-working, super staff will resent).

So this week, we’ve outlined the steps you should be taking to deal with your underperformer; giving them a chance to shine (or to reveal their true colours).

Jan 25, 2016
Attracting Staff

The 3 Best Times of the Year to Recruit [VIDEO]

Have you got the back-to-work, January blues? You’re not the only one!

That magnified “Monday-feeling” will be sweeping across the nation and do you know what that means? A seasonal spike in the number of job seekers.

Of course, January isn’t the only busy time for recruiters…

Jan 4, 2016
Friday Funnies

The Top 10 Friday Funnies, 2015

Happy New Year!

This week, we thought we’d take a look back over the year’s most popular blog posts; as chosen by you, our readers.

From absolutely awful applications, to bamboozling brainteasers, these stories are guaranteed to give you a giggle.

Jan 1, 2016
Candidate Tips

The Top 10 Career Blogs of 2015

Can you believe it’s almost 2016?

Time flies, when you’re having fun…

So this week, to celebrate, we’ve been taking a glance back over 12 months of job-seeking blogs, to find the 10 posts that you (our readers) found most interesting this year – enjoy!

Jan 1, 2016
Assessing Applicants

The Top 10 HR Posts of 2015

It’s that time of year again…

A time to sit back, take stock and reassess the past 12 months!

So this week, I’ve been looking over our HR and Recruitment Tips blog, to find the top 10 posts that YOU (our readers) found interesting this year – enjoy!

Jan 1, 2016
Friday Funnies

The 30 Best (Worst) Excuses For Pulling a Sickie!

It’s that (bloody freezing) time of year again! Are you tempted to pull a sickie?

You’re in luck. This week, we’ve got some amazing (terrible) can’t-quite-make-it-into-work excuses, for your inspiration!

Nov 27, 2015
Staff Retention

10 Employee Engagement Blogs That All Managers Should Know About.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

Do your staff love what they do? Do you reckon they genuinely care about the success (or failure) of your business?

No? Never fear! We’ve rounded up a list of the 10 most useful employee engagement blogs to give you a helping hand this festive season!

Nov 23, 2015
Candidate Tips

How to Follow Up a Job Application To Make a More Lasting Impression

After trawling through thousands of CVs per role we advertise, it takes something a little bit more special to make a lasting impression on recruiters.

This week’s video blog reveals one of the easiest, most effective strategies for making an impact.

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that count.

Nov 17, 2015
Candidate Tips

13 Stupid Ways to Sabotage an Interview

Looking for advice on what to do in interviews? How about what NOT to do?

This week, we’ve pulled together the 13 most common yet easily-avoidable ways in which job candidates have been sabotaging their interviews.

Don’t be stupid!

Nov 2, 2015
Assessing Applicants

5 Ways to Tell if Someone is Lying to You (During an Interview)

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt after 20 years in recruitment, it’s this…

Everybody lies.

Fortunately, we’ve also learned some really easy ways to catch the culprits out – see for yourself, with this week’s myth-busting blog.

Oct 20, 2015
Assessing Applicants

7 Essential Interview Questions Every Employer Must Ask

Not sure where to start, when it comes to interviewing?

Or perhaps you just really need to rejuvenate your current recruitment process?

Discover, pinch and deploy these 7 absolutely essential interview questions, to start successfully building your team.

Oct 12, 2015
Friday Funnies

50 Famous Quotes to Inspire You Today

Who inspires YOU?

Family? Friends? Disney characters..?

Inspiration can be gained from the most peculiar (and un-peculiar) of sources…

Hopefully, this week’s post will be one of them!

Sep 17, 2015
Attracting Staff

10 Reputable Blogs That All HR Managers Should Be Subscribed To

Personal development is vital in every profession… can you honestly say that you know everything there is to know about HR, recruitment or management?

Of course, it’s sometimes hard to find honest (free) resources to fuel your learning, when the web is full of so-called “experts” spouting utter nonsense!

So we’ve compiled a list of reputable blogs to steer you in the right direction.

Sep 11, 2015
Candidate Tips

8 Snackable Superfoods to Supercharge Your Brainpower!

Do you sometimes feel like you need a quick pick-me-up at work?

Do you ever find yourself struggling to stay motivated, inspired and productive?

Introducing, 8 simple, snack-able and scrumptious superfoods that will help you to banish that 3pm slump and get your work done faster, with less effort!

Superfoods to the rescue!

Sep 8, 2015
Friday Funnies

The 10 Worst (Real-Life) Bosses – Could You Cope?

We’ve all had (at least) one horrible boss in our time…

Perhaps they took their role as a “disciplinarian” a little too seriously OR they made you work late on your birthday…

However, there’s a line that should never be crossed.

If your horrible boss can top the 10 worst (real-life) bosses on our list – it’s definitely time to get a new job.

Aug 13, 2015
Assessing Applicants

10 Insider Secrets Revealed: How to Recruit Creative Thinkers

No matter what role you’re recruiting for, creative-thinkers are like gold dust.

They’re enthusiastic, passionate, driven by opportunity (for themselves and the business) and they tend to focus on solutions, rather than problems.

But to attract and assess creative-thinkers, YOU too must think creatively!

Aug 10, 2015
Friday Funnies

23 Of the World’s Most Creative CVs!

Is your idea of CV creativity changing the font from Calibri to Verdana?

Do the ‘creative’ CVs you receive get put straight into the recycling bin?

Have you ever considered creating a Video CV to land your perfect job?

The 23 outrageously entertaining creative CVs on our list should give you something to think about…

Jul 8, 2015
Assessing Applicants

11 Interview Questions That Will Reveal Your Candidate’s True Personality

At Coburg Banks we’re pretty wary when it comes to judging an interviewee’s personality (call us cynical – we know!)

Interviews are so scripted, with all parties on their best behaviour that it’s almost impossible to judge a candidate’s real motivation, culture and character.

But over the years, we have found a few interview questions that get candidates to open up and be honest.

These are the top 11!

Jul 6, 2015
Friday Funnies

23 “Creative” Cover Letters, Gone Wrong…

Yes, a little personality is important when you’re writing a cover letter…

But confessing to your amazing food-gorging abilities, insatiable love of the bump and grind and the fact that men love your ‘sassy’ nature?

Not so important.

Check out 23 of the most funny, most ridiculous and most cringe-worthy cover letter extracts we’ve come across!

Jun 24, 2015
Candidate Tips

9 Ways to Triumph During a Telephone Interview!

A telephone interview can be just as nerve-racking as face-to-face one.

Especially when you’re tricked into them, by interviewers who randomly call for an unscheduled ‘chat’.

But do not fear!

This week’s blog will help you to feel more comfortable when picking up that phone and in the process, get you ready to smash that interview!

Jun 23, 2015
Candidate Tips

7 Steps to Negotiating a Higher Salary From Your Current or Future Employers

Would you ever accept a job, offering a disappointingly low salary?

Have you ever considered asking for a pay rise?

Salary negotiation is a perfectly normal business transaction, yet people shy away from it every day.

Earn what you deserve; use our 7-step salary negotiation technique to land your perfect salary.

Jun 17, 2015
Attracting Staff

Myth-Busting: 6 Lies You’ve Been Told About Writing Successful Job Adverts!

Our biggest pet hate as a recruitment agency?

Terrible job adverts.

Unfortunately we stumble across them every day and considering the amount of mythical gobbledygook ‘advice’ out there on the subject matter, it’s easy to see why!

Are your job ads too creative? Too obvious? Not obvious enough?

Jun 15, 2015
Assessing Applicants

27 Behavioural Questions You Must Ask Your Interviewees

Most interviewers will have roughly one hour to judge a candidate’s character, work ethic, skillset, knowledge and commitment.

So why waste time with silly questions like ‘What did you have for breakfast?’ and “what’s your favourite 90s jam?”

Behavioural interview questions are arguably the most efficient strategy to reveal your candidate’s true potential, based on their previous performances!

May 11, 2015
Friday Funnies

91 Ludicrous Things That Candidates Have Said and Done in Interviews…

Have you ever had a terrible interview experience?

I’m not talking about fumbling a couple of questions…I’m talking about full-on, mind-blowing, ground-please-swallow-me-up-right-now mortification.

If so, the 91 poor candidates on this list, certainly feel your pain!

I wonder if they got the job…

May 7, 2015
Candidate Tips

The 20 Best Companies to Work For in 2015!

Are you being fussy enough with your job search?

This week, we’re revealing the top 20 companies in the UK, their most celebrated employee benefits and some anonymous insider gossip from their employees.

Discover what it’s really like to work for the masters of employee engagement!

Apr 29, 2015
Assessing Applicants

The Four Step Interview Technique, Guaranteed to Suss Out Your Time-wasters!

Have you ever offered a job to the ‘perfect candidate,’ only to be faced with an unexpected rejection?

We’ve put together a four step interview technique, along with 26 targeted example questions that will quickly expose your time-wasters and allow you to move forward with only your most committed, serious and passionate candidates.

Apr 13, 2015
Candidate Tips

How To Find A Job On Facebook

Everyone is on Facebook these days – it’s a perfect opportunity for you to advertise your wares & get potential employers seeing you. This is how to do it.

Mar 31, 2015
Assessing Applicants

6 Left-Field Interview Questions To Catch Someone Off-Guard

Do you just ask the same, standard interview questions and receive the same, standard answers? You’re not alone.

Here’s a list of 6 interview questions which will completely catch your candidates off-guard and give you some invaluable insights.

Mar 16, 2015
Candidate Tips

8 Essential Tips On Writing The Perfect Covering Letter

Covering letters can make the difference between your application getting binned or you getting an invite for an interview.

Here are our 8 key tips on how to build the perfect one, and to use as an opportunity to fill any gaps your CV might have.

Feb 24, 2015
Friday Funnies

20 Worst Excuses for Throwing a Sickie

Have you ever had to ring work and feign illness over the phone? Did you put on your sick voice and did the boss believe your excuse. They might not have believed some of these though…

Feb 11, 2015
Assessing Applicants

8 Ways to Spot a Liar in an Interview

Have you ever found it impossible to tell whether someone is lying in an interview?

If you’ve ever found yourself in that predicament, here is our guide on identifying who is lying, and who is telling the truth.

Feb 2, 2015
Staff Retention

The 10 Best Employee Incentive Programs

Retaining your best staff is vital to any business’ success.  Sourcing, interviewing, hiring and training replacements will be a drain on your time, not to mention the company’s money. So, apart from ensuring that your staff have a clear vision as to where their careers are heading with the business, added to the fact that […]

Dec 28, 2014
Staff Retention

How to ensure your onboarding process works from day one

An effective onboarding strategy is unfortunately something that businesses don’t pump enough resources into. With the country’s GDP continuing to tumble, the importance of recruiting and maintaining the best talent on the market is growing in importance for businesses who want to remain competitive in 2013. So, when you have been through the recruitment process […]

Dec 21, 2014
Attracting Staff

Would you recruit a Job Hopper?

When recruiting for a new role, the likelihood is that you will sift through a pile of CVs with a set criteria of exactly what you want your ideal candidate to look like. And when seeking a perfect fit for a role, you may also place a heavy emphasis on candidates who have a history […]

Dec 14, 2014
Friday Funnies

10 Highest Paying Jobs

How would you like to pull in £100,000 a year? Here are 10 jobs that pay this much and what the entry requirements are.

Dec 11, 2014
Candidate Tips

10 Ways to deal with Bully Bosses

Having a bully for a boss can be soul destroying. Knowing every morning when your alarm goes off that you’ve got to face more misery can destroy your will to live.

In this post we look at the types of bullying bosses there are out there, and the best strategies for coping with them.

Dec 10, 2014
Attracting Staff

3 Key Metrics of the Recruitment Process

To understand how different departments or functions of a business are performing, many organisations typically use metrics. Whilst most businesses apply these measures to understand their productivity or sales, many are missing a trick by not applying these same metrics to their recruitment process. The most successful UK companies realise that staff are their most […]

Dec 9, 2014
Attracting Staff

10 Reasons why Hiring Managers are using Recruitment Agencies again

Why should companies use recruitment agencies? For many years the term ‘recruitment agency’ has been dirty words for hiring managers, but recently there has been a wind of change.  Many businesses are now turning to recruitment agencies, with a move towards ‘partner’ relationships between employer and agency. So why the shift?  Some of the main […]

Nov 5, 2014
Staff Retention

How long should you give an underperformer? – Part 2

This blog follows on from the first steps you should take to start tackling the lack of performance from an underperformer in the workplace. We looked at how you could initially talk to the HR department and discuss what methods were available to assess the current level of performance by the employee in question. One […]

Nov 5, 2014
Assessing Applicants

6 Interview Question Topics Employers Should Avoid

If you’ve never interviewed anybody before, don’t worry, everyone has to start somewhere.  However, it doesn’t look good to the candidates if the interviewer is more nervous than they are! To help you along, we’ve put together a list of 6 topics and job interview questions that employers in the UK should avoid.  Hopefully they will help the interview […]

Oct 21, 2014
Friday Funnies

5 bits of recruitment technology that changed everything

I was trying to explain to a bewildered young member of staff the other day how I studied at Uni without the option of the internet.  I explained that back in the early Nineties I conducted all my research at the library and not via Google which didn’t arrive until 1998. And even by the […]

Sep 5, 2014
Candidate Tips

The Pros and Cons of working from home

I remember as a young lad in the Eighties, watching the fabulous Maggie Philbin on Tomorrow’s World as she spoke passionately about the advent of home computers. She was predicting that because of these little technological miracles, not only would the future see all our household chores performed by robots, but the office as we […]

Sep 5, 2014
Staff Retention

How long should you give an underperformer? – Part 1

As a manager, one of the most challenging issues you will ever have to tackle is how to deal with an employee who you class as an underperformer. I don’t think I have ever worked anywhere where there isn’t an ‘underperformer’ somewhere in my midst.  And before you ask; no it wasn’t me, well not […]

Aug 9, 2014
Candidate Tips

100 weird questions asked in a job interview: Part 1

As a man of nearly 40, I’ve had quite a few interviews over the years with varying levels of success. And the interviews that always live long in the memory are those where I am asked those weird questions that come out of nowhere and the ones that I couldn’t have possibly prepared for. Although […]

Mar 28, 2014
Staff Retention

5 steps on how to make new employees feel part of the team

Getting new guys integrated and feeling part of the team can take a long time. Follow our guide and they’ll be productive team members before you can say ‘induction process’.

Well, maybe a bit longer than that…

Feb 17, 2014
Assessing Applicants

Interviews – How Many Rounds Do You Truly Need To Do?

Over the years we at Coburg Banks have seen the amount of corporate position posts offered after one interview shrink.  But is it always essential to do more than just one round of interviews or would it be better to hold up to four or five meetings before finally deciding on the right candidate for […]

Feb 17, 2014
Friday Funnies

Liar, liar.

Brainteaser Answer 18: Tom is the thief! Let’s work it out… Don and Eddie contradict each other which means one of them must be a liar. One of the remaining boys must also be lying (there are 2 liars). Tom has said ‘you’re both lying’ about the two other remaining boys (Jim and Hank), but […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Word Play.

Brainteaser Answer 16: Place the first letter at the end of the word instead and it’ll spell the same word backwards! Let’s recap on those words: revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven. B-anana -> anana-B Perhaps I’m just a bit of a word geek, but I absolutely LOVE this one.

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Cabin Fever.

Brainteaser Answer 15: The ‘cabin’ is actually a plane cabin and the two men died in a plane crash! A bit grim, I must admit, but anyway…it’s all about the dual meaning of words again. When you hear the words “forest,” “cabin,” “wood” etc. together, it (should) immediately conjure up images of a wooden cabin […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

A Tick Question.

Brainteaser Answer 14: 7.5 Degrees. Did you think the answer was 0? You are not alone! Most people rush into answering the question and forget that the hour hand moves too; at 3.15, it will actually be a quarter of the way between 3 and 4 (because a quarter of an hour has gone by). […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Seeing Things.

Brainteaser Answer 13: The word “single” actually refers to marital status, not the number of people on board. So, the boat is full, but everyone on board is married! This is a cheeky little trick question, playing on the dual meanings of the word ‘single’.  

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

What a yolk!

Brainteaser Answer 12: Just One Box! First, it’s important to note that ALL of the boxes are marked incorrectly…a lot of people miss that fact and thus get the wrong answer. Let’s take a look… You open the box marked BIG and it’s filled of the small eggs. You know that the other two boxes […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

The Windowless Room.

Brainteaser Answer 11: First and foremost, for your own reference, name the switches “a, b and c.” Then… Turn on switches a and b. Wait 10 minutes. Turn switch b off. Enter the room. Whichever light bulb is now on, is controlled by switch a (the only one, still on). Feel the other 2 light […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

The Petri Dish Puzzle.

Brainteaser Answer 10: 12.59 pm This little cheeky brainteaser depends on a tendency to over-think the question. You really don’t need to consider the ins and outs of bacteria, half-life and decay; you just need to work backwards and use a little bit of common sense! At 1 pm the dish is full. If bacteria […]

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Mulled Wine.

Brainteaser Answer 9: I’ll let Mr. McClane answer this one for you…

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

The Elves.

Brainteaser Answer 8: It takes one elf 5 minutes to make one doll. Therefore 100 elves making 100 dolls would, of course, still take 5 minutes!

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Word Games.

Brainteaser Answer 7: It’s a palindrome (the same backwards as it is forwards).

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

The Alphabet Puzzle.

Brainteaser Answer 6: The correct answer is “L.” All of the other letters are made up of 3 straight lines, while L is made up of 2.

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Christmas Dinner.

Brainteaser Answer 5: It was a grandmother (who is obviously also a mother) mother and daughter who went out for Christmas dinner together!

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

A Christmas Gift.

Brainteaser Answer 4: You have 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2. If you give them a common denominator of 16 then you end up with 2/16, 4/16 and 8/16 and so the answer is… Youngest Child: 2 games. Middle Child: 4 games. Oldest Child: 8 games. Parents: 2 games.

Dec 22, 2013
Friday Funnies

Tracy’s Mom.

Brainteaser Answer 3: The question has already revealed the answer – ‘Tracy’s mother had 4 children’ – the fourth child must be called Tracy!

Dec 21, 2013
Friday Funnies

The fox, the hen and the farmer.

Brainteaser Answer 2: “The man takes the chicken across and then goes back for the fox. He can’t leave the fox and chicken together so when he drops the fox off, he picks up the chicken. He then goes back for the corn. He can’t leave the corn and the chicken together so when he […]

Dec 21, 2013
Friday Funnies

Apples and Pears.

Brainteaser Answer 1: “If you charge 20 cents per vowel, the two-vowel word ‘apple’ would cost 40 cents, three-vowel ‘banana’ 60 cents, and four-vowel ‘grapefruit’ 80 cents. Therefore, a pear would cost 40 cents.”

Dec 21, 2013

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