Browsing All posts tagged under »selection«

Humblebragging….the new black?

September 17, 2015 by

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We all have words we like the sound of or which resonate with us.  Someone I know likes the sound of the words balaclava and ptarmigan ( I know…!) I recently came upon a word I’d never heard before – “humblebragging”. I didn’t think it was a real word but looked it up and there […]

Candidate References – what a waste of time!

August 27, 2015 by

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Blog from Alan Clark, Senior Recruitment Consultant at The Urquhart Partnership. I have recently been following the coverage of the Fatal Accident Inquiry following the tragic bin lorry crash in Glasgow in December last year and as part of the inquiry, the issue of references taken by the Council on the driver has come to […]

How many Psychologists does it take…?

August 14, 2015 by

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Latest blog from Julie McDonald, Chartered Psychologist, Director of Assessment / Development and part-time Comedienne at The Urquhart Partnership. You know the old jokes… How many Psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one, but the light bulb has to want to change… A man was walking down the street one day and he was mugged. […]

The changing job market and the need for improved selection…

May 26, 2015 by

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The Aberdeen jobs marketplace has changed dramatically as a result of falling crude oil prices so what does this mean for internal recruiters? When oil prices were high there were fewer active candidates on the market as those with strong experience and skills knew that they could make a few calls and expect to get the […]

Short sight or foresight?

March 4, 2015 by

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The Urquhart Partnership’s Chartered Psychologist, Julie McDonald, shares some of her recruitment and selection “insight”…quite literally… A year ago my world began to look decidedly indistinct and blurry. Colours became muted and I felt like I was looking through opaque glass. I rubbed my eyes, tried eye drops and finally went to the Optician, anxious […]

The Chosen One or The Wrong One?

April 11, 2014 by

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Manchester United Manager David Moyes has been having a tough time of it recently. With Fergie’s big shoes to fill, UP’s Alan Clark, Senior Recruitment Consultant (and footie fan) takes a look at the process (or lack of) behind Moyes’ appointment. As an avid football fan, this season’s English Premier League season looks like it will […]

Transferable Skills – What About Transferable Behaviours?

March 17, 2014 by

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Julie McDonald, Chartered Psychologist at The Urquhart Partnership explains why we need to start casting our skills net in different ways. The following article was published in the Aberdeen Press & Journal on Friday 14th March 2014: The term “skills shortage” trips off our tongues so often it is fast becoming a cliché. However it is […]