Recruitment by numbers.

In the 1970s surreal television program “The Prisoner” the lead character, a former spy who is held captive in a mysterious village (for more information see, would regularly shout out at his captors that he was “..not a number, I’m a free man…”; this was a reference to the fact that he was only […]

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On August 6th, 2013, posted in: Blog by


Facing the ‘firing squad’ – panel interview tips

The job interview is one of the most daunting challenges we have to face in our professional lives. It represents the ‘make or break’ opportunity to impress the interviewer and convince them that we are the right person for the job. One-to-one interviews require lots of preparation and forethought. Panel interviews, where the challenge is multiplied by a factor or two or three, require even more.

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On June 25th, 2013, posted in: Blog by

Employer Interview Tips

Conducting job interviews is an integral part of daily life as a people manager. And while you have to ensure that the person before you represents the correct fit professionally and culturally, you also have to sell the role and organisation to them, particularly if demand for their skillsets is high.

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On June 17th, 2013, posted in: Blog by

Fight or flight – managing conflict in the workplace

How many of you or your staff were hampered by the recent Bus Éireann strike? As a line manager or team leader, conflict in the workplace is an inevitable and unwelcome issue you are going to encounter at some stage in your career.

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On May 27th, 2013, posted in: Blog by

Playing for keeps – employee retention that doesn’t break the bank

It’s expensive to hire new staff and even more expensive to replace them. Money talks but it isn’t always the deciding factor for people when deciding to stay or leave your employment. Here are our top five tips for retaining your best staff.

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On May 9th, 2013, posted in: Blog by

Me, myself and I – the business of contracting in Ireland

The IT and project management contracting market is buoyant. It is estimated that there are currently up to 1,000 IT vacancies alone in Ireland and many of these positions are contract-based. Contracting appeals to many people for many different reasons and there has been an explosion in the number of IT and project management professionals, in particular choosing to follow the contracting career path.

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On April 30th, 2013, posted in: Blog by