Author Archives: Laura

Defining the Role of Candidate Experience Measurement

The continuing change, evolution and approach towards analytics technology, social interaction and the global economy have significantly changed the face of recruitment over the last ten years. The current recruiting climate reflects this through high candidate volumes, critical skills shortages, … Read More

Webinar Slides: 5 Actions to Improve your Candidate Experience

Last week, resourcing expert and futurologist Matt Alder and the former global head of resourcing at Unilever, Paul Maxin joined us to share their insights into what makes an exceptional candidate experience and how to measure it. The webinar was … Read More

Top Ten Tips For Measuring Your Candidate Experience

Back at the start of the year we blogged about the controversial decision made by the RAD awards not to shortlist, or appoint a winner, to their 2013 Candidate Experience Award due to the quality of the entrants. This year … Read More

Graduate recruiters: Are you ready to know what your graduates really think?

“By its very nature, the graduate audience and the context in which you seek to attract them is ever shifting. You are attempting to engage with a population that are far from homogenous, whose behaviours and views change from one … Read More

Online media: Where candidates have a voice…

Over the last week, the news stations have been reporting on two separate incidents when candidates and customers have taken to social and online media to make themselves heard. The global coverage and influence these events have had highlight the … Read More

Big Data Technology: HR and the Candidate Experience

“The fact that the recent HR Tech Europe Spring conference in London focused not on technology but on data tells you just how important the issue is becoming for organisations.” HR Magazine, 9th May 2013 Big data technology has revolutionised … Read More

5 ways candidate experience feedback will improve your recruitment process

Gathering feedback from candidates not only ensures that you know why your recruitment strategy is successfully driving skilled talent through the company door, it also provides powerful insights into the impact this process has on key candidate perceptions, motivators and … Read More

Interview questions: The wackier the better?

The release of ‘The Internship’ film featuring the Googleplex headquarters in Silicon Valley has brought brainteaser interview questions into the limelight once again as people consider whether they really work. Even though the infamous Google brainteasers are featured in their … Read More

The Recruiting Process – It’s marketing’s prime time…

Recruitment marketing comes in all shapes and sizes, but what does it really say to candidates when an organisation goes the extra mile? Examples of this can be seen in the following job advertisements. As you look through them consider … Read More

Candidates are customers too… How do you treat yours?

The candidate experience is the chameleon of the business world – whether you notice it or not, it is influential in every aspect of a company’s performance and growth. To ignore it is to disregard an essential building block in … Read More

The Unemployable Graduate: And the great skills gap… [Part 3]

“Without a remedy for this mismatch of demand and supply, we forecast that by 2020 there will be a global shortfall of 85m high and middle skills workers for the labour market.” This worrying statistic came from The Economist in … Read More

The Unemployable Graduate: Who is helping? [Part 2]

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog piece on the current state of graduate recruitment and who was in a position to help. A year on the situation for inexperienced graduates, and young people in general, is still … Read More

Candidate Experience selected as key priority for recruiters at Innovation Summit

The Recruiting Innovation Summit, held in San Francisco earlier this month, offered recruiters the chance to learn about and discuss what innovations will be driving the recruitment industry forward over the next twelve months. Throughout the Summit various recruiters and … Read More

The Recruiting Innovation Summit 2013

“We’ve looked in every nook and cranny of the recruiting ecosystem to find innovations – new technologies, processes, products, or business models – with the potential to revolutionize recruiting as we know it.” Recruiting Innovation Summit, 2013 ‘Too new to … Read More

Mobile Recruiting: It’s not just about the technology…

Since February 2010, the number of job-seekers with smartphones has risen from 43% to 76% – almost doubling in two years. Whilst this is not necessarily surprising considering the current surge in technology for smartphones, what are the implications of … Read More

Employee Feedback: Take a 360° approach…

Management expert Ken Blanchard once said, ‘Feedback is the breakfast of champions’, but, as the to-do list tots up, it can be easy to forget the importance of regularly setting aside the time to offer and gather feedback in the … Read More

The Employee Value Proposition: Get in touch with its human side…

According to research undertaken by the Corporate Leadership Council an effective EVP can: Increase how committed new hires are by 29% Reduce new hire compensations by up to 50% Almost double (24% to 47%) the likelihood that employees will act … Read More

The Recruitment Process: As candidates jump further so must recruiters…

According to research by the specialist recruiter Randstad, over the last five years the interviewing landscape has changed considerably. Due to the current climate, organisations have become more selective and vigorous in their recruitment strategies increasing the time spent on … Read More

Interviews: How to prep for success

How do you prepare for an interview? Are you a meticulous and thorough researcher or a candidate that improvises on the spot? Recent research from Randstad reveals the secret to successful interview prep, outlining that in such a competitive job … Read More

Interview questions: And robotic answers…

Question:      Why should we pick you…          Describe how you overcame a difficult work situation…      How would your friends describe you in three words… These are all standard interview questions. They’re expected, deliberated … Read More

Employer Branding Videos: Actions speak louder than words…

In a recent interview by Human Factor’s Syed Zafar Mehdi, the CEO of Reinventa Dee Oceans, Davide Sialpi, said: “If the company has built a strong and authentic employer brand experience, it means the company has effectively focused on satisfying … Read More

The Candidate Experience: A consumer dilemma…

Think back to the most important item you ever bought. Whether it was a house, a car, an engagement ring or a much sought-after collectible, I’m sure you did your research – consulted reviews, comparison sites, friends, relatives and maybe … Read More

Attraction Strategy: Merely an innovation of creativity?

The recent decision by the RAD Awards not to shortlist, or appoint a winner due to the quality of the entrants for their candidate experience category raises some interesting questions regarding the candidate experience and its perceived place within recruitment … Read More

Employee Engagement: What makes a company desirable to work for?

Employee engagement is essential in the workplace as it not only ensures the happiness of employees but has also been proven to increase productivity by 69% and decrease turnover by 14.9%. Its impact upon employee happiness contributes to a company’s … Read More

Could your Recruitment Strategy be Damaging your Consumer Brand?

“We all know the power of negative word of mouth on image and reputation and what may have started out as an opportunity to communicate a strong employer brand may actually end up damaging it.” Brett Minchington, Employer Brand International A … Read More

Are You Embracing Recruitment’s Black Hole?

Do you ask candidates for feedback on your recruitment process? Not just the successful ones but the unsuccessful as well? If you do, how in-depth do you go and how do you use the data to positively impact future recruitment? … Read More

The ‘Game Changers’ of Recruitment Technology

‘Recruitment will always remain a high-touch people business but what these products show us is that the right technology, applied at the right time, can make us even better at what we do, whether it’s working faster, smarter or in … Read More

The Employer Brand – Your biggest candidate draw…

On the hunt… You know the sector you wish to work for, the skills you can offer and what drives you to succeed, but what influences your decision to apply? Whether you’re looking for a temporary role to cover a … Read More

The Online Candidate Experience: Your first impression counts…

How do you communicate with your candidates? Do you know where they first heard of you, what spurred them to apply for the role or what their first impression was? In the vast communications landscape a candidate’s first sighting could … Read More

The Candidate Experience: Are Companies Listening? [Infographic]

As a recruiter, understanding your candidate experience is essential. As a company it is vital. Not only will a bad candidate experience make you lose out on the top talent in your field, it will also affect your sales, brand … Read More

From a Graduate’s Perspective: What defines a great candidate experience?

A recent Mystery Applicant study gathered a small group of Bath Spa graduates, from the past two years, to try and gain an insight into how graduates are experiencing the current job market; what, for them, defines a great candidate … Read More

Companies get creative: Three ways to use social media to attract top talent

Due to a global skills shortage, 65% of organisations have experienced problems resourcing in the past year. There has never been a better time for companies to get creative with recruitment and as organisations increasingly invest in social media to … Read More

Series round-up: What are candidates saying about you?

Over the last few months Mystery Applicant has sponsored a series of seminars on the importance of measuring the candidate experience. The seminar ‘What are candidates saying about you?’ provided an ideal opportunity for senior HR professionals to network in … Read More

Candidate Experience – Why embracing your unsuccessful candidates could improve company performance…

Consider these two extracts from emails sent to ‘Clear Channel Communications’ Chief Talent Scout, Morgan Hoogvelt…  “…I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve never worked with anyone in an HR capacity who took the time to inform, support … Read More

SW Recruitment Society Event – The importance of a great candidate experience

As the first event held by the newly established South West and South Wales Recruitment Society, it was an undeniable success. Entering a room filled with lively chatter, curiosity took hold. It was easy to see why this event was … Read More

South West and South Wales Recruitment Society inaugural event – The importance of a great candidate experience

As a company that holds the importance of great candidate experience at its core, we are pleased that Emma Campbell, our Client Relationship Lead at Mystery Applicant, will be sharing our recent findings surrounding this topic at the upcoming SW … Read More

The Unemployable Graduate: Who can help?

Having held the position of the unemployed yet determined (and increasingly frantic) job-hunting graduate not so long ago, I can appreciate the predicament that is currently facing the UK’s new and, indeed not-so-new, graduates.  A predicament that is encompassed by a … Read More

What are candidates saying about you?

‘…a great opportunity to learn, share and network in a relaxed atmosphere.’ At Mystery Applicant we’re pleased to be sponsoring a series of seminars that hold the candidate experience at their heart. We are providing an ideal opportunity for senior … Read More