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Friday Funnies

9 Very Real, Very Weird Job Interview Stories

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!?

Apr 10, 2018
Attracting Staff

5 Ways to Recruit Top Graduates

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?

Mar 12, 2018
Friday Funnies

7 Office Romance Horror Stories

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.

Feb 15, 2018
Candidate Tips

8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Accept the Job Offer

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.

Jan 23, 2018
Attracting Staff

7 Better Places to Advertise Jobs

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.

Nov 20, 2017
Candidate Tips

7 Ways to Find a New Job On Facebook

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.

Oct 31, 2017
Friday Funnies

Which Office Irritant Are You? [Quiz]

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…

Oct 17, 2017
Staff Retention

7 Key Ways to Inspire Employees

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.

Jul 17, 2017
Friday Funnies

8 Strange Jobs You Don’t Get Any More

Fancy a job as a leech collector? What about a computer? Or a knocker-up?!

Unfortunately (or fortunately) these strange jobs no longer exist…

Jun 30, 2017
Friday Funnies

10 Fab Ways to Show Employee Appreciation

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?

Mar 3, 2017
Candidate Tips

20 of the Best Places to Work

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!

Feb 28, 2017
Friday Funnies

The 7 Most Annoying Interview Questions

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?

Jan 20, 2017
Candidate Tips

10 Signs You Should Look for a New Job.

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…

Nov 1, 2016
Attracting Staff

8 Slightly More Creative Ways to Recruit

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.

Sep 19, 2016
Friday Funnies

10 Types of Horrible Bosses [Infographic]

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).

Aug 24, 2016
Candidate Tips

50 Things You Should Never (EVER) Say to Your Boss

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).

Jul 27, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Things We All Need to Stop Moaning About at Work

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.

Good luck.

Jul 22, 2016
Candidate Tips

7 Signs Your Job Interview Isn’t Going Well (and How to Recover).

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.

Jun 1, 2016
Assessing Applicants

7 Tell-Tale Signs That You’re a Bad Interviewer

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…

May 31, 2016
Friday Funnies

50 Funny Motivational Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

“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.)

May 25, 2016
Friday Funnies

80 Unique & Quirky Corporate Event Ideas

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…

May 19, 2016
Staff Retention

12 Warning Signs That Your Employees Are Disengaged

“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.

May 9, 2016
Attracting Staff

6 Benefits of Using a (Good) Recruitment Agency

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.

Apr 11, 2016
Candidate Tips

5 Exercises You Can (Secretly) Do At Work.

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!

Mar 30, 2016
Friday Funnies

5 of the Best (Quirkiest) Recruitment Videos You’ll Ever See.

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…

Mar 17, 2016
Staff Retention

20 Simple Ways to Promote Employee Wellbeing

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…

Mar 14, 2016
Candidate Tips

7 Tips for Winning Over a Recruitment Consultant.

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!

Mar 1, 2016
Friday Funnies

The 30 Most Incredible Excuses for Missing an Interview!

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?

Feb 4, 2016
Candidate Tips

3 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Look More Confident

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!

Jan 27, 2016
Attracting Staff

10 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Millennials

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.

Jan 18, 2016
Friday Funnies

5 Inspirational Tales of Entrepreneurship

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!

Jan 15, 2016
Assessing Applicants

8 Trick Interview Questions to Trip Up Your Candidates

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.

Nov 10, 2015
Candidate Tips

The 10 Most Common Interview Questions and How You Should Be Answering Them

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.

Oct 20, 2015
Friday Funnies

15 Epic Social Media Fails

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.

Sep 24, 2015
Friday Funnies

The 25 Weirdest Job-Hunt Stunts Candidates Have Pulled (To Get Noticed)!

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!

Sep 3, 2015
Friday Funnies

10 Of The Worst Hires In History.

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!

Aug 28, 2015
Candidate Tips

3 Killer Interview Tips to Help You Raise Your Game [VIDEO]

Interviews suck.

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.

Aug 26, 2015
Friday Funnies

The 40 Worst Commuter Habits (and why they should be banned)!

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?

Aug 5, 2015
Attracting Staff

The 8 Crucial Benefits of Social Media Recruiting

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!

Aug 3, 2015
Candidate Tips

11 Tricky Personality Interview Questions and How NOT to Answer Them!

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?

Jul 7, 2015
Friday Funnies

Let’s Cut the Bullsh*t – This is What the 39 Worst Job Advert Clichés Really Mean!

“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…)

Jul 1, 2015
Staff Retention

The 15 Key Strategies Successful Managers Use to Engage Employees.

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!

Jun 29, 2015
Friday Funnies

10 Of The Worst Job Adverts You’ll Ever See

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.

May 14, 2015
Friday Funnies

21 of the most unbelievable reasons why people have been sacked!

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…

May 1, 2015
Assessing Applicants

12 Terrible Interview Behaviours that Could be Sabotaging your Hiring Process…

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?

Apr 27, 2015
Candidate Tips

6 Growth Industries That You Should Consider Working for in 2015

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.

Apr 21, 2015
Candidate Tips

6 Bizarre Ways To Blow A Job Interview

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.

Mar 30, 2015
Attracting Staff

4 Critical Mistakes Everyone Makes When Advertising a Job Online

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.

Feb 20, 2015
Friday Funnies

The 10 Most Annoying Work Colleague Traits

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.

Feb 4, 2015

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