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How to nail the interview (A Blue Octopus Infographic)

There are so many things you have to know when you go to your job interview, and many ways you could end up getting it wrong. Our infographic shows what you need to keep in mind.

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Best Recruitment Practices: Focus on Employee Life Stages

This article has been written by Luke Rees on behalf of Thymometrics, a leading global supplier of always-on, real-time employee engagement surveys. The deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Caroline Waters, has recently put out a statement urging recruiters to change the way they do business.…

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How does an ATS serve your recruitment needs?

One of the most challenging parts of recruitment can be keeping track of all the applications and roles that you’re supposed to be dealing with. It’s all too easy to get snowed under – that is, if you’re not a machine or failing that, if you’ve not got the technology…

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Why do over 80% of our clients renew?

Now that we've been in the business for over five years, we can safely say we've attained some success. The Yorkshire online recruitment company Blue Octopus has placed thousands of people in work, registered half a million candidates and consistently smashed its own sales targets. We think one of the best…

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3 reasons to walk out of a job interview

Most of us have had bad job interviews – some are actually downright horrible. But don’t you have to sit through each and every one, no matter what? Not necessarily – if you strongly feel an interview is a waste of your time, you have the option of excusing yourself…

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What advantages can recruitment technology bring to your organisation?

Most parts of our work lives can be improved by introducing technology, and in recruitment and human resources this is definitely the case. On the surface it might seem like technology would be of only limited help in an industry as people-orientated as recruitment. Not many of us would want…

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Would you employ someone who just passed their GCSEs?

It’s at around this time of year that masses of school and university graduates enter the job market. Employers looking for newly qualified young people are positively spoilt for choice, and yet young people remain among the most underemployed groups in the workforce. Many employers tend to view young people…

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When the “best” candidate is not the right one

When you interview candidates for a role in your organisation, you will always want to find the best one. The problem is that defining what makes a person the “best” is sometimes a tricky business. Often, a candidate will look great on paper – they have the most experience out…

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Utilising Social Media Ethically when Recruiting

There’s no doubt that social media has been adopted by the recruitment industry as a valuable hiring tool. LinkedIn is the more prominent social media site within recruitment with many employers using it as a means for scouting talent. But other major social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter…

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