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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Telephone interviews could help you to seriously cut down the amount of time you spend on the recruitment process. But if you’re asking the wrong questions, they could also be a complete waste of time.
Read this blog to find out more.
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!
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.
Do you struggle with staff retention?
In my experience there are some employee benefits that work well across all industries. They are…
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…
Really want a career change? But not sure exactly where to start?
Check out this blog post to discover some of the key things you should be thinking about.
Artificial intelligence is developing at a rapid rate, especially in the recruitment industry. So is that a good or a bad thing for employers and job seekers?
It’s certainly not as clear cut as some might think.
Have you ever forgotten to wear shoes to work? Or even worn an odd pair?
7 UK workers reveal their worst outfit malfunction experiences from the office!
Would you absolutely LOVE to work from home? Not sure exactly how to?
Check out this blog post for some inspiration.
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.
I love memes. And what I love about them is their ability to accurately reflect any kind of situation!
Here are 10 of my favourites that you may just relate to.
Got a performance review coming up and not sure what to expect?
Check out this blog post for some great tips.
Glassdoor can be a recruiter’s worst nightmare and plenty have just written it off as a place for angry people to vent…
But you shouldn’t.
Starting a new job? Worried your new co-workers won’t love (or even like) you? Don’t stress!
You’ll become one of the team in no time with these 9 tips.
As seasoned recruiters, we have the same old conversations with job candidates time and time again…
These 12 absolute tunes manage to sum them up quite nicely.
Want to boost morale, fitness, productivity and output at your business?
These fitness perks will help.
Is there a complainer in your workplace? How about a liar, control-freak or a group of gossipers?
Well, they’re all toxic people you should be avoiding.
Both marketers & recruiters have to engage, entertain & impress their prospects!
So what can we learn & adopt from popular marketing techniques?
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!
Managers say that 20% of the people they hire turn out to be a mistake!
That’s why it’s so important to keep track of your recruitment metrics.
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!
Got a group interview coming up soon? Not sure what or how to prepare?
This blog post will help.
Are your interview nerves getting the better of you?
Getting sweaty hands right before the all important handshake?
Then this post is for you.
You can teach a person skills like sales and Excel but can you (and are you willing to) teach key attributes like honesty, confidence and honesty?
If you are part of that great big rat race, then this music video mash-up might just resonate with you…
Always look on the bright side of work…
Do you ask cliche interview questions like “what’s your greatest weakness?”
Check out this video to discover some (much) better alternatives.
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.
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.
Do you refuse to hire job hoppers? Your business could really be missing out.
Find out why in this week’s blog post.
Feel like you’re following all of the employee engagement “rules” but your efforts are falling flat?
You could be making one of these three mistakes…
What many recruiters seem to forget is that they’re being judged during the recruitment process too…
So do you follow up with job candidates?
It’s the right thing to do!
You’d think most job seekers would be chuffed to get an interview… right?
But by the sound of some of these excuses, that’s not always the case!
Every recruiter has their own, unique interview style and their own favourite interview questions.
And after 15 years in the business, today I’m revealing mine.
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.
From the gig economy to the real candidate experience, what are the most important recruitment trends and concepts right now and how do they affect you?
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.
How exactly are you supposed to impress interviewers, whilst revealing your greatest weakness?
Find out in this blog post!
I’ve interviewed a lot of people over the years. And I don’t mind admitting that I’ve made some silly mistakes (especially at the beginning of my career).
Here are three of the silliest.
I don’t get it.
Why on earth are interviewers still making these silly mistakes?
It’s almost as if they don’t know that “recruitment is a two-way street…”
Job candidates say the funniest things…
This week, we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable (and odd).
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.
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!
Test out your family and friends with some mind-boggling brainteasers, this festive season!
These tiny goodwill gestures require minimal effort, but can truly help to make life that little bit easier for your co-worker.
Spread the love this season!
You’d be surprised how one teeny-tiny goodwill gesture, something as simple as a well-timed cup of tea, can boost the happiness and morale of a person.
“Kindness is a language that everyone understands.”
Fancy working abroad (Either temporarily or permanently)?
Looking for your next big adventure? (Or just sick of the awful UK weather?)
Here are some really important things to consider.
Just keep swimming.
Life is tough. But if you surround yourself with good people & maintain a positive attitude, you’ll get through.
Check out these fabulous, famous film quotes for some inspiration!
“Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts” Erskine Bowles.
But how can you tell if someone’s a good leader, before you’ve even hired them? Check out this blog to find out.
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!
Honestly, “key skills” like communication, organisation and teamwork are such a CV snore-fest these days.
It’s time to say something a little more impressive.
Read this blog to find out more…
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!
During your job hunt, it’s likely that you’re going to have to deal with a fair few recruitment consultants.
So this week we’re revealing three things you need to do to impress!
(Straight from the horse’s mouth)!
Have you ever turned down a job candidate because you were in a bad mood?
Asked an interview question that you knew they wouldn’t be able to answer?
Hired someone you got on with, but who wasn’t the best person for the job?
You’re not the only one.
How does one stand out from the crowd, when said crowd just happens to be obsessed with… well, standing out from the crowd?
Here are ten creative job-seekers who certainly nailed it!
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.
To ban or not to ban, that is the question!
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer; it all depends on your company, its culture and your employees (can they be trusted?).
This blog post should help you make an informed decision.
Sick of interviewing inappropriate job candidates..?
Want to speed up your recruitment and save money in the process?
This (printable) CV assessment checklist will help you to do just that!
Bored at work?
Sick of feeling under-challenged, underestimated and undervalued?
Do something about it! This blog will help…
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..?
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.
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.
Losing your job sucks.
Whatever the reason, it’s often demoralising, scary & incredibly stressful.
So how do you start rebuilding your confidence & your career? This blog post is a good start.
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.
It’s too sunny and I’m bored…
Oh sorry I forgot again, I’ll bring the cash in tomorrow…
I was working till like 3am this morning…
Recognise any of these statements? You’re probably working with one of the 10 most annoying colleagues!
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.
Want to recruit superhero staff members… faster than a speeding bullet?
In this blog, discover the only interview questions you’ll ever need.
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.
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…
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…
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!
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!
Have you ever lied in an interview? Not even a tiny, little, white lie..?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Check out Anthony Hughes, our (CIPD qualified) Director of Recruitment & Training getting grilled on the topic, by Nick Peters from Share Radio.
Are you procrastinating right now?
Don’t worry; we’re all guilty of doing a little work-avoidance from time to time.
Some more than others…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do you struggle when it comes to assessing CVs?
Ever found yourself reading the same paragraph twice, unsure of why or what you’re looking for?
We might just be able to help you with that…
Have you got friends at work? Hang on to them!
They could be helping you to boost your career (amongst other things)!
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!
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).
Looking for a new job in 2016?
Discover the top 10 companies in terms of benefits, workload, salary & management as voted for by actual employees!
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…
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.
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!
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!
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!
“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!
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.
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!
To celebrate this spine-tingling occasion, we’ve put together a spooktacular post just for you, sure to make your skin crawl and your blood curdle…
Read on… if you dare. Mwahahaha!
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt after 20 years in recruitment, it’s this…
Fortunately, we’ve also learned some really easy ways to catch the culprits out – see for yourself, with this week’s myth-busting blog.
Struggling to get interviews?
Wondering why on earth your CV keeps getting rejected?
You’re probably making one of these 22 silly mistakes!
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.
There are really only 6 ways to interview your job candidates.
Discover the pros and cons of each method, 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!
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.
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!
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.
If you get a (good) recruitment consultant on side, they’re like gold dust.
They’ll fight hard to find you the perfect job, after all, it’s win-win for you both!
However, irritate a recruitment consultant and you’ll soon feel their wrath (OK that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but still, beware…)
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!
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…
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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!
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…
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!
Do your staff genuinely care about your business?
This week, we’ve come up with 9 strategies to maximise your staff happiness and inspire a loyal team, genuinely committed to the future success of your business.
Spoiler alert: it’s not all about the money.
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.
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.
Salespeople use psychological tricks all of the time to win new business. You can use similar methods in your interviews to help you get that new job.
Here are 6 psychological tricks you can start using today.
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.
If you're curious about the strangest jobs in the world, here are just a few odd jobs for your amusement: Pet food Tester, Teddy Bear Surgeon or Snake Milker!
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.
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…
Are you sure you are asking the right interview questions? There are 6 absolutely essential ones that shouldn’t miss from any 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.
Talent pipelines can get you the best skilled candidates quicker and cheaper than traditional recruiting. Let’s find out if having one is right for you!
Leadership in an organisation is a balancing act, but there are 3 deadly sins that you should avoid. Read more here and demonstrate better leadership.
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 […]
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 […]
It costs you £30,614 to replace an employee. Of course you don’t want them to leave. But are you missing any of these essential tricks?
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 […]
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.
You’ve done EVERYTHING but are still not getting interviews? Do these 6 CV tweaks and we promise you’ll land that interview.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You will be fully prepared to answer typical interview questions after reading this. You must have been asked these before but were your answers top-notch? Read on and find out!
Are you wondering why your CV is hardly getting a response? Then check if you are guilty of these 20 fatal mistakes?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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 […]
Brainteaser Answer 17: A fish!
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.
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 […]
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). […]
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’.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Brainteaser Answer 9: I’ll let Mr. McClane answer this one for you…
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!
Brainteaser Answer 7: It’s a palindrome (the same backwards as it is forwards).
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.
Brainteaser Answer 5: It was a grandmother (who is obviously also a mother) mother and daughter who went out for Christmas dinner together!
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.
Brainteaser Answer 3: The question has already revealed the answer – ‘Tracy’s mother had 4 children’ – the fourth child must be called Tracy!
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 […]
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.”