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The Top 10 HR Posts of 2015

By Anthony Hughes | Jan 1, 2016 | Assessing Applicants

elder women dancing around the kitchenThe Christmas holiday is obviously a time for relaxing, schmoozing (and a little bit of boozing)…

But it’s also an important time to take stock, look back on the year and reassess – especially in business.

So, with the New Year quickly approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to review our “Recruitment Insider Tips” blog and find out which ones YOU (our readers) thought were the best from 2015 – enjoy!

(And Happy New Year for Friday!)

Number 1: Bamboozling Brainteasers

Blog: 7 Interview Brainteasers to Assess Your Interviewee’s Critical Thinking

puppy looking confusedDo you feel like you need to challenge your interviewees a little more?

Are the stale, cliché interview questions just not doing it for you?

We’ve got the answer: nonsensical, irrelevant, weird and wonderful brainteasers!

Useful or a complete waste of time? You decide!

Number 2: Personality Interview Questions

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

the boss secret santaAt 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!

Number 3: Body Language

20 Body Language Warning Signs to Watch Out For When Interviewing Candidates!

Young Woman Collection of ExpressionsLet’s be honest, most interviewees will tell a white lie from time to time to exaggerate their strengths and play down their weaknesses; we all do it.

But what’s much more difficult is for them to fake their body language.

Within this blog, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 most revealing body language indicators, as well as 20 warning signs that you should look out for.

Discover what your candidates really don’t want you to know!

Number 4: Essential Interview Questions

Blog: 6 Essential Interview Questions Every Employer Must Ask

Describe a time when you dealt with conflict at work...Are you sure you are asking the right interview questions?

There are 6 absolutely essential ones that you must ask in every interview.

We’re revealing them this week!

Number 5: Lie Detection

woman with a growing nose with title written inside pictureBlog: 5 Ways to Tell if Someone is Lying to You

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 blog.

Number 6: Left-Field Interview Questions

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

healthy breakfast, bowl of muesli with milk and fresh berriesDo you just ask the same, standard interview questions and receive the same, standard answers?

You’re not alone.

This blog reveals a list of 6 interview questions which will completely catch your candidates off-guard and give you some invaluable insights.

Number 7: Interview Technique

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

Man on the phone saying 'jumping butterballs'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.

Number 8: Recruitment Metrics

recruitment concept with business elementsBlog: 4 Recruitment Metrics Every Company Needs To Measure

Measuring how effective your recruitment process is, is vital if you want to improve efficiency in your business.

This blog reveals 4 key recruitment metrics that will help you to do just that.

Number 9: Employee Engagement

Blog: The 15 Key Strategies Successful Managers Use to Engage Employees.

minions at work looking happyHave 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!

Number 10: Other Blogs

Blog: 10 Reputable Blogs That All HR Managers Should Be Subscribed To

Britney Spears cringing on American IdolPersonal 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.

Will You Be Recruiting in the New Year?

We hope you’re having a fantastic Christmas break and that you’re at least getting a little bit of time to relax!

Recruiter Pro Tip.

January is actually one of the best times to recruit new staff.

People across the UK will be looking for a fresh start in the New Year, so there’ll be a rise in the number of jobseekers (the notoriously depressing month of January will help to give that final push.)

So – if you’d like help to start recruiting, then get in touch with us, today!

And of course, if you want to keep up with the latest and greatest HR posts, click here to subscribe!

- Anthony Hughes

Anthony Hughes

Anthony is a recruitment veteran of 18 years and is also one of the original founders of Coburg Banks. He now trains recruitment consultants on the best methods to utilise when sourcing and assessing applicants for their clients. 


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