Job interviews can be terrifying experiences… what if you say something wrong? Or do something wrong? Or get sick in the corner because you’re so bloomin’ nervous!?
Job interviews can be terrifying experiences… what if you say something wrong? Or do something wrong? Or get sick in the corner because you’re so bloomin’ nervous!?
Assessment days can be really nerve-wracking, especially because you have to face, work and compete with all of your fellow job candidates. So how do you stand out in the crowd?
Find out in this blog post.
From the Houdinis to the Pinocchios, there are some kinds of job candidates, a recruiter will never forget.
See if you recognise any in this blog post.
It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd in an interview as it is, but what should you do when you’re asked directly “why should we hire you?”.
Well, we’re here to help you out. Find out more in this blog post.
Excluding mature students, you’ll find that a huge percentage of graduates this summer are members of Generation Z… so how can you go about attracting them to your business?
Falling in love with someone in your office? Well, it’s not always a happily ever after. Don’t believe us?
These seven office romance horror stories speak for themselves.
Offering a good employee benefits package could save you a huge amount of money right now and in the future. How? And which perks save you the most?
Find out in this blog post.
Too many people accept job offers these days, without seriously considering the pros and cons.
Check out this blog post to find out some of the main reasons you might just want to turn an employer down.
Ever been fired from a job, unfairly? You’re not the only one.
Check out this blog post to see some of the weirdest reasons we’ve heard.
2018 is set to be a huge year for the recruitment industry! And there are some big changes afoot.
To make sure you’re up to date, check out this blog post.
Do you always advertise jobs in the same place? Feel like your results are waning and you want to try something new?
This blog post is for you.
When you’ve got a boss nagging at you all day, or a never-ending list of tasks to do, work can get overwhelming.
Stop and breathe – we’re here to cheer you up!
If you want your employees to stick around for longer, then it’s essential that you make them feel welcome from day one.
Find out how in this blog post.
Find yourself getting distracted by Facebook, during your job search? How about putting those social media skills to good use?
Check out this blog post to find out more.
Looking to recruit someone for your team? Need someone who’s a good team player?
These interview questions will help!
Take a look around your workplace… is there anybody you would describe as an office irritant?
No? I may have some bad news for you…
It can be tough to prepare for job interviews, if you don’t know what to expect.
So this week, we thought we’d give you a helping hand.
You don’t need to be the biggest company or offer the highest salary to attract great job candidates.
You just need to have a brilliant job advert!
Dreams don’t work unless you do. You will face obstacles.
These 9 truly inspirational stories about some of the world’s most successful people, prove that.
People say the funniest things… especially when they think no one is listening.
Check out these 48 odd conversations people have (actually) overheard in the office.
Love reading about the latest recruitment tools, resources and strategies?
You need to sign up to these 10 great recruitment blogs!
Obviously, it’s important to get on with your employees. But can (and should) you ever truly be friends?
These management tips could help you walk the line.
Find yourself procrastinating all the time? Always have that Sunday evening doom and gloom? Wish you could make work more fun?
Read this blog post.
A lot of managers find it difficult to inspire their employees, especially when budgets are tight.
But don’t give up. These 7 strategies are a great start.
Recruiters have to wade through hundreds of CVs a day so yours needs to be on point.
Check out these power words (and phrases) to ramp things up.
Fancy a job as a leech collector? What about a computer? Or a knocker-up?!
Unfortunately (or fortunately) these strange jobs no longer exist…
There are 7 common recruiting myths and misconceptions that people just keep on believing…
Check out this infographic to find out what they are & why you should ignore them.
Follow these six really important steps (email templates included) to follow up after an interview, without driving your recruiter mad.
We all need a little bit of inspiration sometimes.
Hopefully these moving motivational videos will give you just that.
Watch, enjoy, share.
As a recruiter, I have heard some wild excuses in my time.
But there are six fairly standard ones that crop up time and time again.
Find out what they are here!
When you’re preparing for an interview, do you ever give any thought to how you’ll go about closing it – in an impressive way?
Recruitment is a two-way street…
So are you impressing your job candidates or making these terrible mistakes in interviews?
There are some roles out there that bring a whole new meaning to “job satisfaction.”
Check out our infographic to find out 20 of the most extraordinary ones!
Dropout candidates are the bane of the recruitment process…
But these interview answers will help you to convince interviewers you’re not one of them!
Sick of job candidates who drop out at the last minute?
These interview questions will help you to spot them earlier in the process.
You’ll find them in every office; annoying people who, for reasons unknown, seem determined to ruin even the most casual of meetings.
Do you recognise them?
There are only really four things that recruiters want to know about you – and here are some common interview questions they might use to find them out.
With the abundance of unhappy employees across the UK (49%), it’s high time we all took a look at the way we show employee appreciation in our workplace.
Are your team happy?
Looking for a new job? The 20 best places to work are definitely a great place to start! There is obviously a reason their employees rate them so highly!
The Sunday Times have announced this year’s 100 best companies to work for!
So what are these brands doing differently? And can we do the same?
You think The Apprentice interviews are too tough?
Just wait till you read some of these horrific interview stories!
Is having an office romance a good idea? Or asking for trouble? Doesn’t love conquer all (even workplace awkwardness)?
I’ll let you decide…
Often, “a harmful truth is better than a useful lie” (Thomas Mann).
Discover what this means for managers, in this blog post.
The most annoying interview questions are the ones that require some kind of bullsh*t response.
For example: “what is your greatest weakness?”
Can you imagine if we answered them all honestly?
Looking for a new job?
Check out these 10 simple(ish) tips on how to create a cover letter that’ll knock any recruiter’s socks off.
What’s the point in applying for jobs just before Christmas, right? WRONG!
December is actually a great time to find your dream job. Here’s why…
Things do tend to slow down a little on the lead up to Christmas but that doesn’t mean you need to!
Check out 8 of the best ways to stay on top of your game, this December.
Tempted to pull a sickie?
(I wouldn’t blame you in this awful weather!)
(Please) if you’re going to do it, at least try to come up with a more believable excuse than this lot did!
We all have “bad days” at work.
But there’s a huge difference between that and continuing with a job that is genuinely not right for you.
Discover what makes that difference…
How do you sell a job vacancy to someone who doesn’t even know they want a new job (yet)?
Definitely not by using the common (annoying) recruiter phrases in this blog!
Not got round to planning the office Halloween party yet?
You’ve come to the right place.
We’ve got everything you need to throw a spooktacularly superb celebration!
Wish people would treat you more seriously?
Sick of getting patronised by coworkers (office banter…) and all your great ideas getting ignored?
This post’s for you.
Want to recruit exceptionally creative people?
Sick of using the same old, monotonous recruitment process? (CV-assessment, telephone interview, face-to-face interview…)
This blog’s for you.
Ever read (or written) a job advert that made you physically cringe?
Did it use clichés like “dynamic” & buzz-phrases like “opportunity of a lifetime?”
This week, discover the (slightly exaggerated) truth behind the nonsense!
Getting a bit bored at your current workplace?
Don’t want to quit, but want to go out with a BANG!!!?
This blog’s full of helpful inspiration (or warnings) just for you.
Desperate for a new job?
Don’t let it show at interviews!
Check out this blog, to find out more.
Horrible bosses eh? Can’t live with them, can’t tell them where to stick their job.
So what CAN we do (other than leave and look for a new job)?
We can create a (light-hearted) infographic naming & shaming them (sort of).
Reckon your job’s boring?
You may just change your mind when you read about the 40 weird, wonderful and mind-numbingly tedious (genuine) job roles we found this week!
Honesty is always the best policy at work!
Unless you’re about to say something rude, fickle, childish, defeatist, patronising, lazy or nasty, that is…
Check out this blog post to find out some of things you should NEVER say to your boss (or your co-workers for that matter).
Come rain or sunshine, there’s one thing we’re all pretty good at – and that’s moaning.
So this week, we thought it’d be fun to challenge you and your team to go a full day without grumbling, groaning or griping about the 50 things on our list.
No one really likes interviews.
They’re stressful and nerve-racking, completely unnatural and to be honest, a little bit awkward!
But if you get yourself fully prepared, you’re bound to impress! Check out this infographic and discover some top interview tips today.
Are your employees engaged?
Do they feel involved, valued and happy at your business?
Not sure? Need some advice? Check out our new infographic!
Would you take your boss’s mistress out for the day, if he told you too?
Would you steal a co-worker’s food? Or attempt to catch a Koi Carp?
There are bad bosses… and then there are these lot!
Ever been dead certain that you were going to get a job, based on a smashing interview, only to later face rejection?
I’ve been there – I know it can be incredibly demoralising.
You’ve probably asked yourself “how could I not see the signs” and/or “what could I have done differently?” That’s what this blog is all about.
Do your interviews tend to get a bit awkward (for no reason)?
Have you ever made (or seen) an interviewee cry?
Do successful candidates ever reject your job offers?
You’re probably a bad interviewer…
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
This week, I’ve been digging up some of the funniest, wittiest and most entertaining ‘motivational’ quotes I could find to inspire you.
(At the very least, they should give you a good chuckle.)
Looking for some fun, slightly more quirky ideas for your next corporate event?
Really want to treat your staff to something special?
Then this blog post is for you…
“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first” S. Sinek
So what happens when staff become disengaged, disillusioned & disinterested?
Find out in this week’s blog post.
Unfulfilled at work?
Reckon you could be doing bigger and better things?
Not sure exactly what’s holding you back?
This blog could have the answer…
Do you really appreciate your staff? Do they know it?
Check out this blog for some fresh and fun inspiration on how to make your team feel loved!
Have you ever worked with a recruitment agency? If not, why not?
Perhaps you’ve heard some horror stories about how we’re all a bunch of cowboys?
Well, there is definitely a more positive side to that (just slightly biased) story – discover it, in this week’s blog.
Too busy to do any exercise?
We know; after a long day at work, it can be (really) hard to get motivated…
But this blog, revealing 5 office-friendly exercises, should help you with that!
Quirky recruitment videos are a great way to show off a fun, vibrant and friendly company culture – whilst attracting superstar candidates to your business.
But where should you start? What should you even be filming?
Check out our five (slightly odd) favourites for some inspiration…
Workplace “wellbeing” is all about nurturing a happy, healthy workforce in mind, body & spirit.
Which will in turn, increase your company’s productivity, employee engagement and staff retention!
Check out this blog to find out how…
If you get on the right side of a recruitment consultant, they’ll genuinely work their butt off to find you the perfect job…
Sending exclusive opportunities your way, championing you to their clients and keeping you top of mind for all future vacancies.
And it really doesn’t take a lot of work to win us over!
In theory, employee satisfaction surveys should help to improve your business.
Unfortunately, they often completely miss the mark.
Find out how and why in this week’s blog post.
Ever decided to skip an interview, at the last minute?
Did you use a good old ‘family emergency,’ ‘car accident on my way in’ or ‘food poisoning’ excuse (seriously, we hear these all the time)?
Or did you go for something slightly wackier (and therefore more believable…) like the 30 interviewees on our list?
At Coburg Banks, one of our key tasks is to coach job-seekers to appear (and hopefully feel) more confident in interviews.
But the advice we offer applies to everyday life too.
So if YOU could do with a bit of a confidence boost – this blog’s for you!
Millennials get a pretty bad rap.
They’ve been called “selfish,” “lazy,” “entitled” and even “manipulative…”
But at Coburg Banks, we’re not in the habit of damning an entire generation based on subjective analyses of different reports.
We’ve got our own (slightly less cynical) opinion on the matter.
Fancy yourself as a bit of an entrepreneur?
Rather not work for someone else?
These 5 true & inspirational tales of entrepreneurship (proving that upbringing doesn’t mean everything) will really give you something to think about!
Can you honestly say that you’ve never told a white lie or exaggerated something even a little, tiny bit during an interview?!
Didn’t think so!
But is your body language giving you away?
Are you sick of over-rehearsed interviewees telling you what they think you want to hear?
Check out these 8 trick interview questions guaranteed to trip candidates up, revealing more of their real personality.
Recruitment consultants have to sift through thousands and thousands of CVs a year.
So… it can be pretty difficult to impress us.
Find out the secrets to writing a great CV, with our two-part video.
Are you an interviewer, looking for tips?
This week’s blog pretty much does what it says on the tin!
We’re exposing genuine recruiter insights into how to conduct the perfect interview.
What’s the most cringey thing that’s ever happened to you during an interview?
Now, imagine multiplying that embarrassment by (roughly) a thousand…
Have you ever been asked a question in an interview and thought…I should DEFINITELY know the answer to that? But you don’t.
Don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s difficult to research every single interview question that could crop up.
Just make sure you’re prepared for these 10 basics.
Almost one in five employees fail their probation period.
Don’t join them.
Find out what your boss REALLY wants from you during those first few weeks.
Ever pressed ‘publish’ ‘post’ or ‘Tweet’ and then immediately regretted it?
Perhaps you noticed a typo or misspelling? Or realised your words were actually a bit cringe-worthy, or even offensive?
You might want to spare a thought for these 15 poor souls.
The creation of 3G (and now 4G) has affected every aspect of human life…
As a job-seeker, you can either accept it, use it to your advantage and enhance your career search, or ignore it and get left behind.
The choice is yours…
Ever wondered how super-successful businesses, became so super-successful?
Probably NOT by hiring mediocre staff…
This week we’re revealing and evaluating 30 genuine interview questions, asked by 10 business giants (like Google, Chevron and Ford)!
Want to learn to interview like the Fortune 500?
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done to impress a hiring manager?
Have you ever pulled a creative and unforgettable stunt – like sending your CV via Mad Hatter or turning up to the interview in a clown costume?
The goons on our list did make a splash, but not always for the right reason!
Have your company ever hired an employee who just failed spectacularly?
We’ve all got that one horror story; an employee, who seemed ultra-friendly, impressed during the interview and passed all of the employment checks…
…yet turned into a complete nightmare.
Just be thankful that you didn’t end up with any of the 10 chumps!
Having just 1 hour to impress someone you’ve never met, as they ruthlessly fire questions at you and whilst all the time, your nerves threaten to crumble…
It can be a bloody nightmare, but don’t panic!
To settle your nerves, we’ve created 2 short videos, revealing everything you need to know about turning that nightmare scenario into a dream come true.
What irritates you most about your commute?
The bag-on-the-seat trick? The chatterbox who just won’t leave you alone?
The wannabe-DJ subjecting you to the thump,thump,thump of his music?
Some commuters seem to take pleasure in being rude – are you one of them?
Why would you NOT use social media to attract great job candidates?
It’s modern, it’s cheap, it’s quick…we really can’t think of a good reason.
Perhaps you’re a technophobe? Goodness forbid you don’t own a computer?
Whatever your reasons for feeling hesitant, this week’s blog is guaranteed to convince you to jump on the social media band wagon!
What’s your Unique Selling Proposition?
What differentiates you from all of the other competent applicants who’ve applied for the job?
What makes you so special?
If YOU can’t answer these questions, your potential employers probably can’t either.
Cynical interviewers will use personality questions to smash through your ‘interview disguise’ and reveal…
– How well you’ll really fit in with the team.
– Whether you’re going to be a pain to manage.
– What exactly motivates you.
…yet 99% of candidates forget to prepare for them!
Could you answer these 11 questions?
“Dynamic.” “Interpersonal.” “Detail-oriented.”
Every day we come across cringe-worthy job adverts filled to the brim with clichés and buzzwords…but what exactly do these phrases mean?
This Friday, we’re cutting the bullsh*t with 39 no-nonsense translations of the very worst job advert clichés!
(You’ll never believe what they really mean…)
Have you ever wondered how other businesses manage to attract and retain all of the most amazing, loyal and productive staff?
Is there an ultra-secret, mega-expensive engagement strategy that no one’s telling you about?
It’s simple really. Great managers use 15 different techniques to engage their employees, increasing loyalty, productivity and efficiency.
The good news? You don’t have to spend a fortune!
Do you need to whittle down a long list of job applicants?
Does the job you’re advertising require strong communication skills?
Are you sick to death of meeting inappropriate (and sometimes weird) interviewees?
Telephone interviews could be the answer!
Check out our blog to find out everything you need to know.
Have you ever been asked a ridiculous question in an interview?
Something that bamboozled your brain and took you completely by surprise?
You’re not the only one!
This week, discover 7 of the most outrageous interview brainteasers and their corresponding answers, guaranteed to impress!
Are you a master of ‘shutting your mouth’?
Do you have a ‘high-level of self-importance’? And are you completely alienated from family and social commitments?
Then we might just have a job for you.
Crybags need not apply.
We know that it’s uncouth to laugh at someone having a bad day…
But some stories are just too ridiculous not to share!
Behold, 21 of the most unbelievable reasons why employees have been sacked, from fashion faux pas to being too darn good-looking!
If you’ve ever been sacked, then this blog’s dedicated to you…
Recruitment is a two-way street and however much your candidates are trying to impress you, you’re going to need to impress them too!
I’ve put together a list of the top 12 mistakes that interviewers make time and time again (and how you can combat them in the future).
Could you be driving away your top candidates with inappropriate interview (mis)behaviour?
Are you looking for a change of career this year?
Good News! As the UK leaps out of the recession, the job market is booming with opportunity for bright jobseekers.
This week, we reveal the 6 industries that’re expected to grow the most over the next few years and thus, offer you maximum job security, salary and progression.
Ever been asked if you have any questions at the end of an interview but not known what to say? Here are 7 questions that you can ask which will impress the pants off your interviewer.
Everyone knows the obvious ways to behave in an interview, but do you know the less obvious interview etiquette? Here are 6 less than obvious ways that you can blow an interview.
Measuring how effective your recruitment process is vital if you want to improve efficiencies in your business.
Here are 4 key recruitment metrics that will help you achieve just that.
Engaging properly with your candidates could be the deciding factor in whether they join your business or not. Watch our video on how to do it properly.
Are you worried that you might come across as being desperate in an interview? It’s quite common so don’t worry. Here are our top 10 tips to help you get around this.
There’s a science to advertising a job online. It looks easy, but getting it right and more importantly getting your ads seen by the right people, is tough.
Read our advice on the 4 main mistakes people make when posting online job ads and our tips on how to avoid them.
From the Grinch to the Skunk, we all have an annoying work colleague sitting close to us that gets on our nerves.
Read our breakdown of the 10 most annoying colleagues and see if you can recognise any of them.
Admit it, how many times have you wanted to quit your job? Here’s what leaving with a bang looks like.
Writing a job advert which attracts attention and converts into applications can be tough, especially if you’re not in the recruitment industry.
Here are three copywriting secrets directly from recruitment consultants which will supercharge your job adverts.
Hate your job? So do lots of other people. There’s loads of reasons why you might hate yours, but here are our favourite ten. Enjoy.