If you depend on gut feel while interviewing, you are relying on dumb luck.

Anthony Haynes writes: Victor Assad’s blog is one that I’ve followed for a long time. I find it regularly provides pieces, on mainstream topics in HR, that are well-informed and thought-provoking. For some time, we’ve included a link from our Employer Resources page to his piece, ‘12 questions candidates will ask you‘. Here we are… Read More

Change management and professional organisations: the case of AAT

Karen Haynes writes: We’ve worked with AAT – the professional body for accounting technicians – since 2012. In this interview, Adam Harper, Director of Strategy and Professional Standards, explains how instigating a strong change function at AAT supports governance and business planning.     KH: How did the change function at AAT develop? AH:  As… Read More

Season of mists and mellow job interviews: advice for candidates

Anthony Haynes writes: Shadows lengthen, holidays become a memory, and the rate of job interviews accelerates. When it comes to talent acquisition, September matters. To support candidates we provide two forms of resources. First, there is our own guide, Being Interviewed.  It provides tips on how to prepare, what to do on the day, and… Read More

‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ — groan!

Anthony Haynes writes: The question “What’s your biggest weakness?” remains common at interviews. When the question was asked of contenders fro leadership of the Conservative Party in the UK, the BBC took the opportunity to ask for advice to candidates from various angles — for example, those of recruiters, careers experts, employers, and candidates. My… Read More

Leadership, tech, enterprise, and social welfare, all in one: Nikita Hari’s inspiring story

Anthony Haynes writes: On this blog we’ve had an ambivalent relationship to International Women’s Day (IWD): on the one hand, we’ve often marked it; on the other hand, we’ve questioned the appropriateness of designating a single day. It prompts the question, what about all the other days? To whom do they belong? On IWD this year… Read More