The demise of the recruitment interview

31 July 2015

The basic structure of recruitment, on the face of it, has changed little since we first came up with the idea of not simply giving jobs to our children in the order in which they were born. We make these important decisions based on the application letter, form or CV and the interview. The process has got tighter as our concerns for fairness and equality have increased and we have a greater tendency to hand all or part of the process to agencies but, whether the process has become any more effective or any less stressful for all concerned is another matter entirely, says Gudrun Limbrick.

What does the end of the idea of jobs for life mean?

30 March 2015

“Those in my grandparents’ generation had a job. A single, solitary job. Generally, they had it for the entire duration of their working lives,” says Gudrun Limbrick. “They were a draughtsman, a miner, or an accountant. They also only worked for just one company, perhaps even just one branch of that one company. They entered as a youngster from school, perhaps as an apprentice, and retired from that same company, ideally after successive promotions. These days, it is not so easy to think of people who have spent even as long as 20 years with just one employer.”

Paving the way for an older workforce

29 September 2014

With relatively few exceptions, we follow a pretty straightforward life path in this country. A period of growing up and learning is followed by work and family, a world in which we stay until we retire. Deviance from this life path can happen through illness perhaps, the big lottery win or — what is sadly more likely — redundancy. Is ageism to blame? And can the recent appointment of a business champion for older workers make a difference? Gudrun Limbrick investigates.

Using social media to vet job applicants

31 March 2014

According to research by Acas, 45% of recruiters use social media tools to vet job applicants. Sarah Beeby of Dentons considers the legal pitfalls employers need to be aware of if they decide to adopt this approach.