April 2019
April 2019

Editors Letter


The honesty issue

When growing up, my humble family roots always taught me that lying was wrong. Whether it be fabricating the truth about your relationship failure - ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ - fibbing that you’ve left the house when you are still getting ready, or even the classic line that you love your birthday socks when you actually hate them, there are numerous lies that we are each guilty of telling on a daily basis. Despite this, honesty has always been viewed as the best policy in my eyes – and it seems that I am not alone in this train of thought.

Research conducted by ALA in 2018 revealed that recruiters are among the least trusted professionals in the UK – ranking as less favourable than debt collectors or salespeople. Reasons for this ranged from recruiters being unhelpful to not fully understanding the requirements of a candidate. However, in this month’s cover feature, GradTouch’s Zac Williams - recently dubbed Mr. Honesty - sets the record straight about why recruitment should be straight talking, why candidates should be honest when applying for jobs – and why he binges Netflix when he’s stressed.

Continuing the theme of transparency, Recruitment Grapevine speaks to recruiters about which interview questions will teach you the most about a candidate – in the hope that they will elicit an honest answer. Additionally, we speak to Ash Knight, a Manchester-based recruiter to find out the about the recruitment scene in this sophisticated metropolitan. He is even honest about the challenges that the city bodes for recruiters too.

 

Sophie ParrottSignature Sophie
Sophie Parrott - Online Editor

Contents


Advisory Board

Bev White
Gi Group

Bev White

UK & Ireland CEO

Bev joined Gi Group in January 2017 as the UK & Ireland CEO. Her responsibilities include temporary and permanent recruitment across a UK wide network of branches and onsite managed client operations, professional search and selection, coaching, career development, career transition and training.

Keith Rosser
Safer Jobs

Keith Rosser

Chair Director

Keith chairs Metropolitan Police founded charity, SAFERjobs. He was also recently appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Panel for UK Government on the Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and is a Committee Member of ECHO, a Home Office body advising on legislation around right to work.

Adrian Marlowe
ARC

Adrian Marlowe

Director, Chair & Chief Spokesperson

Adrian is the Founder and Managing Director of Lawspeed, the recruitment law specialist consultancy. Adrian has been involved in various legislative consultations including the Conduct of Employment.

Ann Swain
APSCo

Ann Swain

Chief Executive

Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience that includes time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People.

Tom Hadley
Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Tom Hadley

Director

Tom Hadley is the Director of Policy & Professional Services at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) - the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, representing 3,200 corporate members and over 10,000 individual members of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).

Publishing Team