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...
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...
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...
What happens to employment rights with a ‘no deal’ Brexit?

What happens to employment rights with a ‘no deal’ Brexit?

  In a recent technical update, the Government has stated that there will be no change to worker’s rights and protections in the event of a no deal Brexit. The update confirmed that after March 29th 2019, regardless of whether a deal is reached between the UK and the...
Should you tailor your cv?

Should you tailor your cv?

The short answer is yes, you should tailor your CV. As a recruiter I see a wide variety of formats, styles and approaches to CV’s but the ones that really stand out are the ones that ‘check the boxes’ of my client’s requirements. With that being said, it is important...
So here’s why you didn’t get the job.

So here’s why you didn’t get the job.

We had to pass on bad news recently to a candidate well qualified for the job they had been interviewed for. It’s never a pleasant task to have tell someone they won’t be going forward to a second interview. We’d asked for feedback from our client of course and it was...
Beyond Millennials – Recruiting Generation Z

Beyond Millennials – Recruiting Generation Z

At a recent recruitment event for students, the guest speaker (a manager from a local company) publicly berated one of the students for texting on her mobile phone whilst he was presenting. “You will need to learn to pay attention if you want a good job’ the speaker...
Network to boost your career

Network to boost your career

You can be the most talented person around, but if you are not well connected through your professional network you can easily miss out on rewarding and exciting career opportunities. Invest some time in networking. Building an effective professional network should...
Leading and Managing Millennials

Leading and Managing Millennials

While we shouldn’t try to stereotype and entire generation, one thing is certain; Millennials (born 1982-2004) have different expectations of management than Generation X (ages 35-50). Their main expectation? Millennials want managers who understand and demonstrate...
Hospitality sector – desperate scramble to fill vacancies

Hospitality sector – desperate scramble to fill vacancies

The recent Manpower survey of over 2000 UK businesses reflects our own local experience that whilst jobs confidence is high, some sectors are ‘desperate’ to fill vacancies as Brexit becomes a reality. The hospitality sector has been performing particularly well in...
Why didn’t I get the job?

Why didn’t I get the job?

Being rejected when you have applied for a job can be tough. When we as recruiters act for our employer clients, it is our job to find the best candidates based on the requirements they give to us. Inevitably this will mean that some people who apply won’t be suitable...