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Curveball interview questions and why you should be using them

Imagine you interview two good candidates for a job; they both have the right qualifications, are equally skilled for the role and answer competency questions well. So how do you distinguish who is the best candidate for the job? More employers are using curveball interview questions for this reason; they are designed to see how the applicant thinks on their feet and answers a question they haven’t prepared for. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, it’s about the candidat...

Author: Glen Manners
Published: 17 Jul 2017

Three top tips for a successful telephone interview

Not all interviews are face to face and more organisations are conducting telephone interviews as part of the initial recruitment process. In many ways, they are no different to a face to face interview, but it can be more difficult to build a rapport with someone when they can’t see you and feed off each other’s body language, which can result in awkward silences. Here we have put together our top tips to consider and what to avoid! Prior to the call As with any interview, ensure you ...

Author: Jo Hodge
Published: 14 Jun 2017

How your brain can stop you choosing the right candidate

People are naturally biased, which means even when you intend to be completely fair, your brain has a hard time remaining impartial. Cognitive biases are the inherent thinking assumptions and short cuts that humans make in processing information; the mental stumbling blocks that can affect our behaviour and can prevent us acting in our own best interests. Typical effects of cognitive bias include being too quick to jump to a decision and ignoring contradictory evidence, being overly zealous...

Author: Rob Hayter
Published: 15 Sep 2016

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