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How to fail to get a job at the interview stage

I’m sure that there are many ways to mess up an interview and not turning up would probably be high on the list but recent experience would point to some not quite so obvious ways: Not answering the question put to you would be high on my list. If you don’t have the exact background required and maybe your experience is from a different sector, in my opinion, it is perfectly alright to respond to a question with a answer that begins something like; “Well, I don’t have any direct experience of…See More
Jul 11, 2012
Steve Williams posted a blog post

How to fail to get a job at the interview stage

I’m sure that there are many ways to mess up an interview and not turning up would probably be high on the list but recent experience would point to some not quite so obvious ways: Not answering the question put to you would be high on my list. If you don’t have the exact background required and maybe your experience is from a different sector, in my opinion, it is perfectly alright to respond to a question with a answer that begins something like; “Well, I don’t have any direct experience of…See More
Jul 9, 2012
Steve Williams commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Linda, thanks for the comment. I couldn't agree more. I'd like to work on a more retained basis and cut this all out and move towards closer relations all round as this is the problem with contingent working. At the end of the day though…"
Jan 31, 2012
Linda Ferrante LoCicero commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"If I am working on a position that I know other recruiters are also working on, I ask the candidate several questions relating to being double submitted.  I explain to him/her that it looks bad on me, and on them as well.  To that end, I…"
Jan 30, 2012
Steve Williams commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Hi David I think the only thing that is stopping me going further is that my client is not pursuing the candidate anyway so it is somewhat "tilting at windmills" to keep on at him. I think he got the message......"
Jan 30, 2012
David Brooks commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Steve, we had this happen to us just recently so I had the candidate write an email to us about the fact that he, the candidate, never got a call from or talked to this other "firm's recruiter" or even heard of this firm. I had the…"
Jan 29, 2012
Steve Williams commented on Stuart Musson's blog post 'Recruiters: Have you ever been fired by a candidate even though they have accepted the position you worked hard to obtain for them? It happened to me today!'
"I had a client who offered a senior role on a Thursday with a lovely conversation in which he said I had gained his trust in the process. Very nice thank you! The offer was accepted by the candidate on the Friday, I bought a round of drinks in the…"
Jan 26, 2012
Steve Williams commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Sandra, I like your approach very much. I did flag to a candidate that it may happen as he was connected via LinkedIn with the offending networker, (I can't call him a Recruiter if he doesn't talk to candidates, can I?) and he responded…"
Jan 25, 2012
John Comyn commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"@Sandra - I guess you could say that I lost the war. I failed to mention that I did call the HR manager and made him aware of the fact. He said according to my opposition the candidate had given his permission. This is why I asked him to sent me an…"
Jan 25, 2012
Sandra McCartt commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"@John, sounds like you won the battle and lost the war.  Sometimes it's worth it over one candidate.  Sometimes it's not.  Might have been better to have had the candidate refuse to accept the interview through the other…"
Jan 24, 2012
Steve Williams commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"All. Thank you for your input. It's very interesting to see the world wide issue that this behaviour causes. The UK FM property market is a difficult recruiting ground at present and certainly some changes are warranted. I don't often get…"
Jan 24, 2012
John Comyn commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Thanks Stephanie & Sandra both ideas make a lot of sense. I guess if the truth be told candidates and clients who have a mercenary approach are not worth the trouble anyway. They clearly are deviod of ethos. I got screwed by an HR manager…"
Jan 24, 2012
A blog post by Steve Williams was featured

I see dead people...................

I became very angry on Friday due to a client advising me that a CV I’d submitted to him had been sent in the day before by a competitor. I was the only recruiter who has spoken to the candidate and briefed him on the role too. The client sent me the competitor email as evidence of submission with the candidate CV attached. The cheeky competitor had deleted the words “Personal Profile” from the CV’s opening paragraph and substituted “Consultant’s Notes”. As, if! I take the trouble to speak with…See More
Jan 23, 2012
Sandra McCartt commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"I book in a name the minute i get it with a client pending interview to head off the board scrapers.  If i have to submit through an ATS.  I enter the candidate name and email with a note instead of a resume that says:  Interview…"
Jan 23, 2012
Simon Wilkins commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Steve, I used to encounter this sort of rubbish. Now I only work with clients on a 1 to 1 basis and other agencies don't get a look in. If you build a great rapport with a client, the client will often work with you and reject CV's from…"
Jan 23, 2012
Suzanne Levison commented on Steve Williams's blog post 'I see dead people...................'
"Yes, with this sort of frustration it's almost imperative to obtain an agreement with candidate for client company presentation."
Jan 23, 2012

Profile Information

Name
Steve Williams
Job Title
MD / Owner
Company
Highstar Associates
Which best describes your profession?
Corporate Talent Acquisition
How many years have you been in the business?
5-9 years
Which industries do you work in now?
Services
How many employees in your company?
<10
Website
http://www.highstar-associates.co.uk
Blog
http://highstar.bennettworx.co.uk
LinkedIn Profile
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/steve-williams/4/ba9/99a
Twitter Profile
http://@steve_highstar

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How to fail to get a job at the interview stage

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 9:03am 0 Comments

I’m sure that there are many ways to mess up an interview and not turning up would probably be high on the list but recent experience would point to some not quite so obvious ways:



Not answering the question put to you would be high on my list. If you don’t have the exact background required and maybe your experience is from a different sector, in my opinion, it is perfectly alright to respond to a question with a answer that begins something like; “Well, I don’t have any direct…

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I see dead people...................

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 4:09am 16 Comments

I became very angry on Friday due to a client advising me that a CV I’d submitted to him had been sent in the day before by a competitor. I was the only recruiter who has spoken to the candidate and briefed him on the role too. The client sent me the competitor email as evidence of submission with the candidate CV attached. The cheeky competitor had deleted the words “Personal Profile” from the CV’s opening paragraph and substituted “Consultant’s Notes”. As, if!



I take the…

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And now for Malaga Airport.......

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

If you’ve been through Malaga airport you can’t help but notice the new terminal (3) which has been bolted on the end of Terminals 1 & 2 making effectively one long shed. It’s very pleasing to look at architecturally speaking. Someone must be very proud of it.



But that’s where it stops being pleasant. Using it is a chore and maybe even more annoying than Leeds Bradford on my flight out. Malaga airport terminal has been planned by idiots or a committee of idiots and I’ll tell…

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I hate Richard Reid

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 6:51am 0 Comments

Who’s Richard Reid and why do I hate him?  Reid was the shoe bomber and to be fair, I’ve never met him. But still I hate him, why? Reid committed his crime in 2001 hence we are now at the 10th anniversary of those annoying ‘fake’ inspections at most airports.

Being a long term FM practitioner I get very annoyed at things that are illogical or not quite right. And having just gone abroad again yesterday there were two things at the airport that troubled me:

The first…

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At 5:33am on November 5, 2011, Tom Dimmick said…

Thank you very much for the connection Steve - Tom

 
 
 

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