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Many of us are stuck at home right now because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, most job interviews are currently taking place online. Thanks to video conferencing apps like Skype and Zoom, employers can get to know candidates without having to meet them in person.

But this 'new normal' isn't really anything new at all. Recruiters have been conducting video interviews for years now - their popularity was on the rise even before the lockdown made them a necessity.

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Ricky Martin's top 5 tips for working from home

Most of us have found ourselves in the position of having to work from home. For many this will be a new experience. So how do you get the best out of your day, maximise what you are doing and optimise performance while you’re working from home? Here are my five top tips to help.

1. Get up, shower and get changed.

It might sound crazy but it’s really important to put yourself in your normal mindset of work. Set your alarm like you normally would, have a shower and get changed into fresh clothes. There’s no need to be in your full work attire, but don’t stay in your pyjamas, it won’t get you motivated or set for your day. Another positive, you won’t need to commute, saving time. So get up, have your coffee/tea, have your breakfast, get ready and get going.

2. Have dedicated work space.

It’s important to decide on a suitable workspace. If you keep it clean and minimised from distractions, you’ll create the perfect working zone. If you can, ensure it’s bright with plenty of light so you don’t feel too closed in. If your room has a lock, use it and put a sign on the door saying you’re working. It will mean if you have other members in your household, they will have to knock before they come in and disturb you. Keeping the door shut is also a great way to keep pets out.

3. Avoid social media

Unless you’re working in a role which involves social media - avoid it! The more we look at our socials, the more we will become distracted from what we’re actually meant to be doing. I would advise logging out of accounts, Because logging in is a pain, as we don’t always remember the passwords, it will make it harder to log back in. Another good idea to stop pointless browsing, is using an incognito search when you’re searching new web pages. This is an internet browser setting that prevents browsing history and windows you’ve opened before, thus saving more of your precious time.

4. Structure your day

If you don’t make a plan, you will allow yourself to lose concentration and you won’t get the most out of your day. Here are some suggestions; make sure you have a start and end time. Keep this consistent with your normal work pattern. Take your lunch break at the time you normally would. It’s really important to plan some extra breaks throughout your day. When you’re in the office you probably get up and make a hot drink every so often and speak to your colleagues by the water cooler. So make sure you fit those into your day. Set alarms if you need to. When you take a break, make sure you get away from your desk, go into another area of your home, like the living room, maybe watch TV. When you come back to your desk you will feel refreshed and ready to get going again.

5. Have regular people interactions

It can be lonely working from home, especially if this is the first experience. Take advantage of all the great technology that’s available. This could be Microsoft Teams, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype. Speak to your colleagues, have those conversations, pick up your phone and talk. That interaction will make you feel less isolated and lonely.

Good luck to anyone working from home. You might just find you actually get more done! Enjoy!

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A number of recruiters are using online interviews to find new staff during the coronavirus outbreak, the BBC has reported.

As a social distancing measure, a number of business have asked their employees to work from home and are beginning to use online interviews as a way of meeting potential hires. Taking up less time, online interviews are becoming a vital life-line for recruiters who still want to find staff during this pandemic.

Allowing for less travel and less face-to-face contact, these online interviews will not only help to slow the spread of COVID-19, they also appear to be more convenient for employers and prospective employees alike. While they may be missing out on some of the benefits of a traditional in-person meeting, could it be possible that they are trial-running what interviews of the future may look like?

 

Job Interviews of the Future

By utilising modern technology, it's easier than ever for recruiters to reach out and conduct interviews with candidates. It's said that online interviews take up less time, so it may be beneficial for businesses to stick with this style of hiring even after the present pandemic. By eliminating the need for travel, video interviews may also reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, making them an attractive option for eco-conscious businesses.

The BBC report also mentions how much easier headhunting has become under the current conditions. With more people working from home instead of spending all day in meetings, it's easier for headhunters to reach applicants and offer them interviews and positions. Instead of waiting for candidates to respond to their emails or voicemails, recruiters now have a better chance of reaching them with a single phone call.

While many people will be looking forward to the end of social distancing, recruitment companies may be able to learn a lot from the measures we've adopted during this period. It will be interesting to see if video interviews make things fairer for candidates who live far away and/or have medical issues that would make it difficult to attend a traditional interview.

We're in uncharted territory right now, and as scary as it is, it will be exciting to see how recruiters can adapt and create new hiring solutions. It's important to take the lessons we learn in difficult times and move them forward into the future - and who knows what the future of science recruitment might look like?

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graduate recruitment consultant

Do you have a degree in business, economics, science, engineering, management or something similar? Would you like to join a life-changing recruitment company? If the answer to both of these questions is yes - take a look at our Graduate Recruitment Consultant role!

Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a specialist science recruitment company run by Ricky Martin in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar. At HRS, we match talented individuals with modern science companies who work to create life-saving drugs and revolutionary technologies.

We're on the look-out for an enthusiastic, ambitious graduate to join our team of life-changers in Loughton, Essex. Enrolment takes place in July and August 2020, with assessment days being booked now!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Interacting face to face, over the phone and via email with potential clients to support them through their recruitment journey. You will act as a consultant to offer each client the best possible recruitment solution. 
  • Staying in contact with job seekers as they pursue their scientific careers. You will act as a career coach and provide CV writing support as well as interview and professional development advice.
  • You will work towards individual and team sales targets alongside organising and attending networking events, client meetings etc.

Role Requirements:

To be a successful candidate for this Graduate Recruitment Consultant role, you need to have:

  • A relevant degree in a relevant discipline (business, science, management etc). You must have high levels of motivation and drive with some previous experience working in a customer-facing role.
  • Candidates with experience in telephone or face to face sales will take priority, as well as people with a passion for sales targets and confidence working in a fast-paced environment.

If you haven't heard back from us in two weeks, please assume your application was unsuccessful. We deal with a high number of applications, so unfortunately, we can't answer each one individually.

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Recruitment

Anyone that's ever been on the job-seeking end of the recruitment process will know that finding a job is no easy feat. Worse still, finding a job role that suits your skills, personality and situation can be even harder.

However, what many people often overlook is that the same can be said on the other end of the scale when it comes to employers. Finding a candidate that suits the role, the team and the location can be just as difficult.

As such, the recruitment process can be a vital endeavour that not only affects the quality of candidates that apply, but also the quality of the person you ultimately employ - which is why many employers have turned to recruitment agencies to help them get it right first time.

 

Why Hire a Recruitment Agency?

While on the surface, the question of "why hire a recruitment agency?" seems fairly straightforward and obvious, there are many benefits of hiring a recruitment agency past simply filling a vacant position.

If you're a recruiter on the fence of whether or not to take the process externally, read on for a few of the biggest advantages of using recruitment agencies:

 

Turnaround, Bright Eyes!

Perhaps the number one reason that recruiters turn to agencies in their quest for applicants is quite simply this - turnaround.

For many recruiters nationwide, Rocky Balboa's legendary trainer, Mickey Goldmill, said it best: "speed's what we need; we need greasy, fast speed!"

While the actual level of grease may differ depending on the position you're advertising, recruiters' eagerness to fill a vacancy with haste is a common theme.

With a sole focus on finding relevant candidates for your role, recruitment agencies can provide just that.

 

You Pay for Quality

Another reason recruiters will habitually turn to recruitment agencies in their search for role fulfilment is the quality of the candidates.

Most recruitment agencies have access to hundreds of job seekers and, in some instances, thousands of potential candidates on their system. Many agencies - like HRS - will also focus their efforts in a specific job sector or industry, further honing the search criteria.

With a wider pool of talent at their disposal and often with a focussed area of interest, this can result in fitting, enthusiastic candidates with relevant expertise to match, as opposed to partially qualified job seekers that are simply just available at the time.

After all, love gurus the world over will tell you there's a massive difference between Mr/Mrs Right and Mr/Mrs Right Now. The same principle can be applied to recruitment.

 

No Retention Headaches

A good recruitment agency will offer you a safety net if you acquire an employee through their efforts.

This is often done via a guarantee, providing the employer with a set period of time where they are covered should something go awry with the candidate.

Typically, this allows the employer to get a replacement candidate for no additional cost if the original employee quits or is fired.

Think of it as returning faulty goods: if you're not happy with what you bought or the item hasn't worked as it should, the guarantee allows you to change it for a suitable replacement.

 

No Time Wasters

The recruitment process can be an arduous slog for employers. From penning the job description and advertising the position to CV sifting and multiple interviews, it's a long way from A to Z requiring many man-hours and resources.

Recruitment agencies do the leg work for you, leaving you to focus on the important things, namely running your business and daily operation.

What's more, a good recruitment agency will pre-screen all candidates to weed out the weak links. Candidate screening helps to ensure that you're left with only the best of the best and those who are genuinely interested/qualified for the role.

 

Perception is Reality

Another bonus of using a recruitment agency to hire staff for your business is that it presents your company in a positive light, providing a professional appearance and conveying your brand as a big deal.

If your company is relatively small and doesn't have the resources to advertise effectively, reach the desired talent pool or present the information in a favourable manner, hiring a recruitment agency to do so can right those wrongs instantly.

A structured ad from a recruitment agency placed on a professional job board in front of suitable eyes will reflect far more positively on your company than a bundled, self-made listing in the local classified ads.

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