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190 weeks ago, by James
When do you drop a candidate?
What are the criteria?
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190 weeks ago, by Martin
Nope. I wouldn't put somebody on a shortlist for interview if I didn't think they might get the job. Just 'cos they failed in one doesn't mean they won't fail in another. Not sure what others do tho'.

The other 9 ideas are 'interesting'.....

....and stupid.
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193 weeks ago, by James
London 'housing crisis' to affect growth
London First, a business membership organisation, has surveyed its members in partnership with London & Quadrant housing association. It found that 68% of respondents feel that a shortage of housing and high prices are affecting their ability to recruit and retain staff.

London’s population is expected to grow to 10 million by 2030 and growth in both rents and purchase prices is continuing to outstrip national trends. 70% feel that this threatens London’s future success.

Isn't this good news?
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194 weeks ago, by Mitch
What is "Talent"?
Apparently, 61% of companies have a Talent Management or Talent Acquisition department, but only 21% of these have a definition of what talent actually is.

I suspect the other 79% do have a definition of what talent really is, but are too embarrassed to reveal it.

I think that if you canvassed the opinions of hiring managers, most would define talent as someone doing the same job for someone else.

See the rise in number of niche recruitment specialists and R2R agencies for clarification.
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193 weeks ago, by Martin
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194 weeks ago, by Robert
Just want to say hi to everyone and thanks
Hello, and thanks for Mitch for inviting me on here. I guess you had to create your own site in the end Mitch as suspect so many didn't want you and your opinions back a second time. So let's make this place a good 'un for honest thoughts and (intelligent) debate
194 weeks ago, by Mitch
Thanks Robert.

I don't do this to be popular.
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194 weeks ago, by Martin
"I want this position filled yesterday!....."
....and you deliver a shortlist and the client says they can't complete their interviews for a month.

I know what I do. What do you do? (apart from having a seizure?)
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194 weeks ago, by Martin
Yes. I used to do that. I'm trying a term that a delay of 4 weeks or more closes the search and I send the full invoice. Haven't had to apply it yet, but I have a client who may need a nudge in the right direction....
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194 weeks ago, by Mitch
The Candidate Experience
This has been a growing recruitment theme over the past couple of years - instigated by the more earnest of my colleagues in the corporate inhouse sector.

Essentially it's a call to arms to make the job application process for candidates less arduous and more transparent. This, all the while the same sector keeps looking for more automation tools and lower-salaried recruiters.

Which basically, is like giving Tom & Jerry some drums to play with and asking them to keep the noise down.
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195 weeks ago, by James
How many interviews
Google have a rule of not making a candidate go through more than 5 interviews for a position. A few years ago until they created this rule a candidate might go through 12 - 14 interviews, which seems completely bonkers.

How many interviews should be enough?
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194 weeks ago, by Steve
Two.

Good ones.
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197 weeks ago, by James
Do toys influence career choices?
Lego have been under pressure about the gender stereotyping of their minifigures. Firemen, Police figures and mechanics tend to be male while females can be found as doctors and chefs.

Lego have brought out a female scientist (complete with lipstick and pretty glass containers which might be mistaken for perfume bottles) in a bid to respond to criticism.

It will be interesting to see whether this has any impact on the number of female scientists. Perhaps it's time Ken got a proper job too.
197 weeks ago, by Jane
Not just toys, but all the messages children are bombarded with growing up. I wanted to read Whizzer and Chips, not Jackie. Dressing up clothes at school were cowboys for boys and nurses for girls. At my school girls did cookery and needlework and the boys did woodwork and metalwork. Girls played netball, boys played football. Children are constantly overwhelmed with messages telling them what careers they "should" want. How much is "choice" influenced by conditioning?
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