How to answer the ‘tell me about yourself” question

How to answer the ‘tell me about yourself” question

The team at First Base undertake hundreds of recruitment interviews on behalf of employers every year.  Well qualified people too often let themselves down by failing to prepare for the questions they should expect to be asked. Often the most stumbled over and feared...
Recognising stress and how to help – a management guide

Recognising stress and how to help – a management guide

We get to hear a lot about the stress people experience at work. It is often the real reason they approach us to help them with a career change in the first place. By then stress has gone far beyond what is healthy. Most people are all too familiar with workplace...
If you want that job – be on time!

If you want that job – be on time!

Question: When is punctuality important at a job interview? Answer: Always! If you want to get off to a good start and earn some positive points at an interview, being punctual is absolutely vital. “Punctuality is a fundamental business courtesy that demonstrates you...
Start a conversation about mental health

Start a conversation about mental health

Businesses rely on having a healthy and productive workforce. Conditions like anxiety, depression and long term excessive stress are experienced by one in six British workers each year. Over the past five years, employers have repeatedly cited stress as the number one...
Giving 75% effort but expecting 100% pay?

Giving 75% effort but expecting 100% pay?

No candidate would get very far in the recruitment process if on their CV or during interview they suggested they would give 100% in a new role based on that old employee ‘joke’ – I give 100% at work… 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on...
8 ways to boost employee wellbeing

8 ways to boost employee wellbeing

Workplace absence is costing the United Kingdom’s economy £18 billion pounds each year – and is predicted to rise to £21 billion by 2020 according to research by the Centre of Economic and Business Research. HR professionals across the UK are reporting that a focus on...
Employee engagement – beyond the pay packet

Employee engagement – beyond the pay packet

Employee engagement was considered the biggest challenge of 2018 by 41% of 447 HR Directors in the UK interviewed for an annual survey*. But, what exactly is employee engagement? The CIPD defines employee engagement in three aspects: Intellectual engagement –...
Why use a recruitment agency?

Why use a recruitment agency?

With record numbers of people in work (32.54m and rising according to the Office of National Statistics in January 2019), it is not surprising that employers are increasingly turning to trusted Recruitment Agencies to find the talent they need.  How clients work with...
Developing Future Leaders

Developing Future Leaders

In 2018 we sat down to explore what more our team could do to support the young people of Gloucestershire and the local community. We have been involved in many of the more traditional initiatives to help young people into work over the years. This year we wanted to...