Settlement Agreements – Demystified

Sometimes, a clean, fuss-free exit is best for an underperforming or unhappy employee – but striking the right deal requires careful consideration

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it comes to Alan. It’s not him, it’s you. You’ve changed. You’re not the same mid-sized company with a local focus he joined 15 years […]

By |October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“I Find That Offensive”

David Pottier:

Regular readers of The Selector may, and certainly those who know me will, know I am probably as un-PC as anyone could possibly be!

A new book has been written by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, titled “I find that offensive”. Whilst I didn’t hear her talk at a recent Devonshire […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Does a Counter Offer REALLY Represent?

One of the most common reasons given for non-acceptance of job offers in modern-day hiring and recruitment is undoubtedly the classic counter offer scenario. A counter offer is whereby a candidate is incentivised to stay with his or her present employer after he or she has announced their intention to take a job with […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Internet of Things

David Pottier:

I can remember back in the 90s when assisting Orange in the recruitment of their launch marketing team being faced with job title Product Manager – VANS. Was this something that involved products for this segment of the commercial vehicle market? No, VANS stood for Value Added Network Services. What were they I […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did You Really Think THAT LinkedIn Picture Was a Good Idea?

We all know that first impressions count. In the recruitment business it is so important and in the world of social media platforms that first impressions can cost you dearly if you get it wrong.

There are many horror stories of people posting mad things to Facebook etc, but historically most have been more conservative […]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Does Your Desk Say About You?

Wherever you work – whether it’s in a cubicle, corner office or you hot-desk, the way you organise your workspace is a reflection on your personality and working style.

There is also, definitely, a correlation between the objects you decide to have on your desk and what type of worker you are – 57% of workers in the […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What “You’re Not A Cultural Fit” Really Means…

A candidate recently emailed me the following:
“…In a recent series of interviews, I had three for one role and was down to the final two candidates. I was told, I was “not the right cultural fit” ! What can I take from that! I have never had that one before!”
It can be confusing, and frankly, […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The 10 most annoying corporate jargon phrases for PRs to avoid

The English language has over a million words – but that doesn’t stop some people from choosing the kind of corporate jargon that makes people cringe.

Expressions such as “reach out” and “growthhacking” have been voted as the worst corporate jargon, according to a survey of thousands of reporters from the UK and US.

Hamish Thompson, […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

8 Candidate Questions You Need To Be Prepared to Answer


During the interview process, there’s a significant amount of heat on candidates when it comes to fielding questions to prove that they’re a good fit for an open role within a particular business. As they interview, they’ll be meeting with a hiring manager and often a team of other employees.

At this time, they’re expected […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Charles Schwab CEO tests candidates by asking restaurant staff to ruin their meal

Do you want to know what type of person you’re hiring? Then take the candidate to breakfast.

That is the advice given by Walt Bettinger, CEO at the investment and online trading firm Charles Schwab.

While other companies may be interested in technical skills, Bettinger recently told the New York Times that he is more interested […]

By |March 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments