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3 tips on effectively managing staff you dislike

You often hear about employees not liking their manager or another team member, but what about direct reports? Are you managing someone that you dislike? Is it performance based or a personal clash? As a manager you have to ensure you are treating them fairly within your team, but this can be difficult when you dislike someone, so this month we have put together 3 tips on effectively managing staff you dislike. Focus on the core of the problem It can be hard when you work closely with someone...

Author: Tracey George MIRP
Published: 18 Aug 2017

Why you should always give candidates feedback after an interview

Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience for many people and the days or even weeks, waiting to hear feedback can be an agonising period. When candidates finally do hear back from an organisation, it can be a weight off their shoulders. Best-case scenario, the candidate is successful and is chosen for the role in question. However, for every candidate that is successful there will also be at least five or six others that weren’t. The best practice for the remaining candidates is to p...

Author: Matt Adams
Published: 17 Jul 2017

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 candidate’s ...

Author: Glen Manners
Published: 17 Jul 2017

Hot under the collar? Tips to prevent your staff wilting in the heat

We do like to moan about the weather in the UK. It’s always too hot, too cold, the wrong kind of rain. ​I personally like the heat, but preferably when I am sat beside a pool and don’t have to move! Unfortunately in the UK, public transport and offices often don’t cope well with the heat, trains come to a halt and air conditioning systems that have worked during the coldest months fail. We can’t all take our laptop down to the beach to work for the day, so we have put together our top tips ​i...

Author: Jo Hodge
Published: 22 Jun 2017

10 interview questions you should always ask your candidates

Interviews are designed to let you find out more about the person behind the CV; revealing their personality, level of experience and knowledge and strengths and weaknesses. While you should always include questions tailored to the individual position, the questions below work for roles across all sectors. We’ve included a mix of questions; some of which will allow you to make sure the candidate has done their preparation and researched the role and organisation, and some will help you test t...

Author: Sophie Butler
Published: 17 Jun 2017

Could collaboration be the answer to retention issues within your charity?

TPP Recruitment are partnering with the Charities HR Network to research into 'Fundraising Recruitment, Retention and Reward', in a commitment to improve fundraising across the UK. HR Directors describe concerns across recruitment, retention, reward and development and there is a general desire to slow the recruitment market for fundraisers. It is never more important to have skilled and suitably trained and developed staff in your Fundraising team. Retention has long been a challenge with th...

Author: Rob Hayter
Published: 25 May 2017

4 top tips on managing your employee’s wellbeing in the workplace

The Mental Health Foundation’s report identified that 86% of respondents believed their job and being at work was important to protecting and maintaining their mental health. Employers have the potential to improve the wellbeing of their staff, everyone is different and should be treated as individuals. Here we give our 4 top tips for supporting employee’s wellbeing when at work. Talk to your staff Employees want to feel valued, needed and respected in their workplace. People are busy and tec...

Author: Jo Hodge
Published: 12 May 2017

Recruiting your first fundraiser: how to attract the best!

TPP recently hosted the Small Charities Coalition First Friday ‘advice clinic’ session on how to recruit your first or sole fundraiser. We were joined by 12 small charities and we collectively covered tips and strategies for small nonprofits looking to hire their first fundraiser. TPP has specialised in recruitment for the not for profit sector for over 20 years and we appreciate that recruiting a charity’s first fundraiser, or sole fundraiser, can be a challenge for a multitude of reasons. T...

Author: Matt Adams
Published: 04 May 2017

Fundraising woes: How do you retain candidates with multiple job offers?

You have just interviewed the perfect corporate fundraiser for your charity. They have won impressive partnerships and are experienced in both new business and account management, and would be ideal for your business. There is a thorough process in your recruitment strategy, but you feel confident that you have sold the work of your charity and the job, so if the applicant is offered, they will naturally accept. Then, panic sets in, the applicant had two other interviews last week and has dec...

Author: Andrew Kochman
Published: 27 Feb 2017

10 transferable tips when interviewing candidates and looking for love

In recruitment, we see many parallels between dating and job hunting, so we thought we would jump on the Valentine’s bandwagon and have some fun by highlighting top tips for your candidate search which can also be used when dating! 1. Be picky but not precise Your ideal hire might be 24 years old with 15 years’ experience, a master’s degree and wanting to work voluntary but it isn’t going to happen in this lifetime! The candidate may bring something else to the table that you hadn’t considere...

Author: Billie Graham
Published: 14 Feb 2017