April Fools Day

Another round up of the best April Fools gags and pranks that we have had reported to us. We normally add a more practical and serious side as well as celebrating the fun of the day. We had planned on doing a piece about "fake news" to chime with this. However there is enough scary stuff going on right now regarding Fake News, so we have ended up keeping this post all light hearted. That said we have one item that we though was an April Fools prank - but was in fact real - it's a crazy world we live in... Read More...

April Fool

A follow-up post to our one on ‘April Fool at Work’ last year.

More around the implications of April Fools pranks within the workplace. Includes a suggested set of “rules for the workplace” to help those in HR having to deal with the possible consequences as well as some choice examples Read More...

2 million applicants for.... 300 jobs...

We are used to managing large number of applicants - but 2.3 million for just 368 positions. It scarcely seems possible - but it seems to have happened recently Read More...

April Fool at Work

Its that time of the year again. We have not done many humorous articles recently so we felt that it was about time we included something in that vein. However there has also been some interesting content from companies and employers looking to give people a laugh. We showcase some 2015 April Fool workplace related examples that we have had advance sight of here. Hopefully more will come to light on the day.

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Creating interesting Job Adverts

It seems creating interesting and compelling job adverts is still seen an area requiring development within HR (feedback at an event I attended last night). I think we will look at techniques on this issue in a later post but for now here are some of what I think are creative and interesting and effective adverts that may inspire. Read More...

CV's mistakes

This is a bit of a perennial as crops up seemingly once a year. However these posts always get good feedback. More seriously they also tend to get recruiters talking about issues and problems. Its anecdotal at the moment but we are hearing from partners, clients and others in recruitment a fair bit about candidate presentation and interviewing skills slipping from what they were in the past. Do the experiences in this post resonate with your experience? Have you seen standards change - let us know as if it gets good feedback we will do a post on this topic. Read More...

Social Media Explained by way of Donuts

Yes you can position each of the main Social Media platforms in terms of Donuts - See how you can here. Its a quick positioning of each of the major platforms. Read More...

If dogs worked in offices

Ifs a Friday and we have been asked to inject a bit of humour into the blog. We hope you enjoy the enclosed pics. Read More...

Interviewing - again

Interviewing is not an easy topic but that is no excuse not to put some effort in. Interviewing and selection is crucial to the recruitment process. There has been an increase of chatter on Interviewing recently - see enc. Read More...

Diary of a Pommie in Western Australia

If you are keen to make the move from UK to Oz or just cross the ditch. The enclosed shows how the reality sometimes differs from initial expectations.
It really made us laugh when sent in and certainly worth a post from feedback received so far. Read More...

Revolutionary product from Google for your Android Phone

It is not every day that a revolutionary technology gets launched. But this really is one of those days.
Google Translate for animals lunched on 1st April. Read More...

UK Job Application - a different approach

A job application - its humorous - but it does illustrate that standing out from the crowd and demonstrating your character can pay off. Though humour can be a very difficult thing to pull off fora candidate in the recruitment market. Read More...

Candidate Tests - their limitations - another humorus example

Another test received on our email. This one is also pretty amazing and predicts your age though your choices in... Chocolate.
Another illustration of a – seemingly - objective test predicting answers relying on spurious science. Read More...

Candidate Tests - their limitations...?

We hold what we regard is a healthy scepticism for some forms of aptitude of behavioural tests. It is not that we think they may be wrong just that in using them they may not be the predictors an employer might expect.

This test received on our email is pretty amazing and is an illustration of a – seemingly - objective test not delivering quite what you think it might. Read More...

NZ Culture - just how fanatical are kiwis about rugby.... ?

Does it compare to the Scottish and their love of football for instance? See enc for an interesting comparison... Read More...

How to generate interest from a Job Ad..?!

An amusing Ad we found which ended up being considerably more successful than using the major NZ job sites. Read More...

IPOD Carnage...? This time its the UK

An amusing report into the dangers of using an Ipod. Why do they bother...? Read More...

Road Carnage in NZ and Australia...?!

Join a debate sponsored by the recent press focus on the road accident rates: are drivers in New Zealand and Australia any worse that those elsewhere? Have your say. Read More...