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October 8, 2021

What Bugs You About Recruitment Adverts?

Thanks to "The Great Resignation" there are a lot more recruitment adverts out there, and they’re not all good. You told us what needs fixing

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September 8, 2021

How to Answer Tricky Interview Questions: "Tell Me About Yourself" – MT Minutes Video

In the latest instalment in our Mind Tools Minutes video series on Getting a New Job, we tackle how to answer tricky interview questions, starting with, "Tell me about yourself"

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May 12, 2020

Your Onboarding Lessons – #MTtalk Roundup

Here's what happened in our latest #MTtalk Twitter chat, about the secrets of successful onboarding – even during COVID-19

May 23, 2019

Why Incompetent Leaders Get Ahead: Our Expert Interview With Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic

In his provocatively titled new book, “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?", Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic boldly presents the case for a causal link between gender and competence. Fortunately, he also tells us what to do about it. This debate centers on the relationship between competence and confidence. Visible self-confidence is more common in men […]

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April 5, 2018

Train or Hire? Should You Develop the People You Have, or Get the Skills In?

If you’re a people manager, then at some point you’ll likely need to fill a vacant position. And chances are, you’ll face a choice between two options: appoint someone from within, or go for an external candidate. Positive Promotion Promotion from within is almost always a positive, win-win scenario. For one thing, it’s motivating: team […]

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February 20, 2018

Recruitment Truth and Lies – #MTtalk Roundup

Recruitment: Two Sides of the Coin Recruitment is no "walk in the park" for employers, or for the people who are seeking employment. Each side is wary that the other may not be telling the whole truth. Or, that they can't or won't deliver on what they promise. So, it's important for both parties to […]

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April 6, 2017

How My Small Mistake Led to Big Problems

Learning from our own mistakes is how we progress. We can only hope that the consequences of them are not too burdensome. Here's an opportunity to learn without paying any price. Because, in this case, the mistake was all mine... Setting the Scene A generation ago, I eagerly accepted a new job leading Human Resources at an […]

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February 13, 2017

Is This Netflix Presentation Silicon Valley's Most Important Document?

What made Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg say that a Netflix presentation, "may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley"? And what has compelled more than 15 million people to check out the now-legendary slideshow? The Netflix presentation in question was originally written by CEO Reed Hastings for internal use and then […]

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September 9, 2016

The Job That Turned Into a Mistake

You've put in the hours on your résumé, attended the first interview, done the role assessments, attended the second interview, and finally, finally, you get the phone call that you were waiting for… “We were really impressed. You've got the job. When can you start?” A Rush of Feelings So many different feelings wash over you… […]

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June 10, 2016

Avoid Misfiring in Your Hiring!

Recruitment is a tough business – for both the job applicant and the recruiter. The wannabe recruit is desperate to land his or her dream job, and the hirer needs to find the best possible candidate for his organization. The pressure is on both sides, and that can lead to mistakes that could prove costly […]

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