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Are traditional interviews dead?

Traditional, ‘structured’ interviews have been the mainstay of the interview process for a long time. But what other types of interview formats can a hirer use? And are reports of the demise of the standard interview accurate? We’d argue no – what has changed dramatically is the process that leads to the traditional interview scenario. Nevertheless, whatever the process, it has led to having a pool of a few likely candidates. What should the next step be?

The structured interview

Finding the freshest candidates

It’s common for recruiters to talk about the size of their database of CVs or candidates. But behind the figures, how relevant is this measurement? Not at lot, we’d argue!

The problem is that these impressive figures, often in the hundreds of thousands, represent a total number of candidates over time. With a long-standing jobs board these figures could well include candidates from 2, 5, even 10 years ago. How relevant would your CV be from 5 years ago?

How to recruit an effective team

Recruiting, motivating and retaining an effective team is vitally important for most businesses. But, as recruitment specialists know, that isn’t always an easy task. There are many factors to consider when you are asked to help hire a team of people. You need to devote time and effort to getting it right.

In practice, hiring a strong, effective team for a company comes down to several key factors:

Happy Year of the Rooster!

With the start of the Chinese Year of the Rooster upon us, what does this mean for recruiters? Well, Roosters apparently excel in certain areas of their career. Of particular interest to recruiters and employers will be that Roosters 'follow instructions well, and always make sure that their supervisors and bosses are always content with the work that they are doing'. What's not to like about that if you're looking to fill say a picker/packer vacancy?.

Recruitment Tips You Can Learn From The Movies: Redux

Here’s another list of movies that recruiters should watch for valuable recruitment tips, but for somewhat older films than our original post.

The 39 Steps (1935): suggests you should look beyond the CV of the candidate. Yes, they seem to have moved around jobs a fair bit, travelled the length of the country, crashed several cars... But they may well be dashed resourceful and ideal for the role of saving the country or the client's company.

Recruiting tips for the Christmas season

There are now less than 60 days until Christmas and for any company expecting a spike in demand over the holiday season, now is the time to start recruiting. Seasonal staffing can provide employers with the flexibility to meet their business’ changing needs, but it isn’t as easy as it may seem. What are the key challenges of seasonal recruitment and how can recruiters address them?

Finding skilled applicants

What psychology can teach us about motivating employees

What psychology can teach us about motivating employees | Zoek Job Search

As recruiters, what do we know about motivation and engagement and how has the approach changed? Is the carrot and stick approach still relevant? Can we really motivate employees, in the sense that we can almost ‘push’ motivation on our staff?

Extrinsic motivation such as financial incentives or bonuses based on performance have worked well for years, especially for menial jobs. Research shows it does increase performance in repetitive jobs that don’t require much creativity or higher-level executive functioning.

Tips To Improve The Candidate Experience

As a recruiter, attracting the best talent for your clients is your key aim but have you ever thought about how the way you are recruiting looks through your candidates’ eyes?

Understanding fully what the candidate experience is like can only improve the service you offer – and that will result in happy clients and satisfied candidates. And what better way to enhance your reputation and beat the competition than to have content candidates who hopefully spread the word for you?