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Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates

Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates

Telephone screening interviews have been around for many years.  Over the last couple of weeks their use has seen a massive increase, for obvious reasons. Pretty much all screening is now carried out on the telephone, with video conferencing often being employed for...

Employing staff for the first time – your checklist

You've come to the conclusion that you can’t manage the growth of your business without some help. You’ve been putting off the question of how to hire your first employee and have been trying to juggle all the demands of a small business on your own for too long....

Management Guide to Employee Experience

Do we have another HR buzzword? Is Employee Experience just another phrase for Employee Engagement? If not, what exactly is it? Employee Engagement has been on the agenda of forward looking organisations for a number of years. Managers across all sectors and sizes of...

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion

It hadn’t occurred to me that Diversity and Inclusion could be a sensitive subject until I read a recent report suggesting that many organisations still haven’t got their heads around the obvious benefits. Although we may not have called it D&I 20 years ago,...

Dealing with a bad manager

It is often said that people don’t leave their jobs; they leave bad managers.  That is certainly our experience based on feedback from many job seekers. Depending on which piece of research you read, between 50% and 75% of employees quit their jobs not because of the...

How to avoid working for a bad boss

Having a difficult boss is quite often the reason we are given for why some people are looking for a new job.  A manager with poor people skills can easily make a workplace unbearable.  Some bosses do it without realising it, while others openly manipulate their...

First Base – Giving Something Back

“Giving something back” might seem a trite phrase in the hard headed world of business, but at First Base we believe it’s our social duty as well as making sound business sense. Since founding First Base in 1997, MD Tricia Hay, has supported the aims of ‘Business In...

22 Tips To Help Attract The Best Talent For Your Company

After placing 14,000 people with 350 top organisations, we have learned a thing or two about how employers attract the best people - and why some companies struggle to recruit and retain good people. These days we find that the best candidates have a clear idea about...

Supporting staff through the menopause

Acknowledging the menopause and understanding how to support colleagues is a critical management issue for organisations big and small. Women aged 50 and over are one of the fastest growing groups of employees in the British economy. It also happens to be a time in...

Motivating staff after the summer holidays

We all know that it’s important for people to take holidays. Breaks allow people to recharge physically and emotionally, disconnecting from day-to-day concerns and return to work rested, refreshed and enthused. However, keeping employees focused on work before and...

Avoiding those back to work blues

When you have experienced the ecstasy of switching on your ‘Out of Office’ notice – thoughts of what will be waiting for you when you return after that long awaited holiday seem a long way off. Hopefully, as you switched on the out of office, you also switched off...

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