Growing Your Recruitment Business

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Hundreds of new recruitment businesses open every month – implying they’re easy to get up and running as barriers to entry in the market remain low. The real challenge is…

Recruitment Horror Stories

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Halloween is upon us, and what greater tradition than a few horror stories? Well, horror stories don’t have to be ghostly tales, especially in the world of recruitment. We’ve all…

The ROI of Video for Recruitment Agencies

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It’s no secret that recruiters are typically focused on meeting their KPI’s and hitting their targets. With video interviewing, you’ll start to see a positive, hard ROI within the first…

Looking Outside Your Industry for Your Next Hire

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Sometimes it can seem like a no-brainer to hire a candidate who already works in your industry, who has worked for one of your competitors, and already has the knowledge…

Recruitment Agency vs Recruitment Process Outsourcing: Which is Right for You?

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It’s no secret that the recruitment industry is highly saturated, with so many different service providers to choose from. One mistake that is often made, by both clients and candidates,…

The Benefits of Video Interviews for Candidates

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We know that participating in a video interview can be nerve-wracking, especially when you haven’t done this before and you aren’t exactly sure what to expect. One thing to remember…

Making Talent Pools Your Agencies Competitive Advantage

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We’re sure you already know, but a talent pool is a database of candidates that are often matched to the sectors that you recruit in, but aren’t necessarily matched to…

Keeping Candidates Engaged After Extending an Offer

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There can be no greater feeling of accomplishment in your role as a recruiter, than finding the perfect candidate for a role and receiving their acceptance to your offer. But…

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Using Video to Improve Client Engagement

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Recruitment can be like a roller-coaster in an agency environment. The recruitment agency market, in the UK alone, reached record highs in 2018 and has continued to grow since those…

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Improving Transparency in the Hiring Process

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A 2018 Glassdoor survey found that the biggest grievance amongst job seekers is lack of information about key details of a role, like compensation and benefits. A lack of transparency…

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Proving the ROI of Video Interviewing

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As with any software that you implement in your organisation, and not just in the recruitment process, proving ROI is key to both implementing new technology and continuing to use…

Supporting Mental Health at Work

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Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. Whether that be from something at work or something in our personal lives, 1 in 4 adults in the UK will…

Using Video to Improve Candidate Experience

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One consideration for recruiters that remains consistently important over time, is candidate experience. In the early days of video interviewing, there were a lot of concerns about how this would…

Maximising Your Workplace Talent with Neurodiversity

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According to CIPD, 1 in 7 people in the UK are neurodivergent. Neurodiversity refers to different ways the brain can work and relates to people who naturally think differently to…

5 Ways to Make the Hiring Process More Collaborative

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From improved employee engagement to improved hiring results, collaborative hiring is something every organisation should consider for its recruitment process. We aren’t just talking about the collaboration between recruiters and…

The Employee Benefits that Actually Build a Productive Culture

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Trends in the workplace have been shifting a lot over the past couple of years, especially when it comes to employee benefits. It’s no secret that organisations are trying to…

How to Successfully Implement a Video Interviewing Strategy

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Implementing changes into a process and shaking up the norm can be daunting sometimes. It’s not always quick and simple to get everyone on board – but with all the…

Moving On Up
(Two Floors!)

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We’re happy to announce that here at Shine, we’ve moved into a new office space that boasts more than double the size where we were previously. Okay, so we haven’t…

Signs Your Recruitment Process Needs Video Interviewing

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There are a number of reasons to implement video interviewing into the recruitment process. But there are a few situations where it can come in even more useful than it…

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Discrediting the Common Video Interviewing Myths

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Video interviewing has been around for some time now, and it continues to grow in popularity. As more and more organisations are looking to use video interviewing in their recruitment…

Shine Interview Appoints Joe Slavin as Non-Executive Director and Chairman

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Video interviewing and pre-hire screening software provider, Shine Interview, are pleased to announce that Joe Slavin has been appointed to the board as Non-Executive Director and Chairman as of June…

Employee Engagement Strategies

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Employee engagement is something we should always be looking to improve. It’s proven to have a direct link to strong business performance when a workforce is more engaged, and it’s…

A day of work experience

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  Today was my first job experience at Shine interview and it will be the most memorable. I have learnt so many things from each job position in this wonderful,…

Tackling Gender Bias in Job Descriptions

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A lot of the talk surrounding unconscious bias focuses on the way we make judgements and form opinions about people based on preferences we may not know we have, or…

Transforming a Toxic Workplace Culture

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We’ve discussed the tell-tale signs of a toxic workplace culture before here at Shine. From low morale and poor communication, to office politics and a lack of trust – toxic…

Incorporating Soft Skills in the Hiring Process

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Hard skills have long been seen as the criteria needed for a person to succeed in a role. Sure, hard skills are undeniably important, especially in positions such as technical roles that require knowledge of a particular style of coding. But the half-life of many...

Why You Should Be Heading to In House Recruitment Live!

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We’re excited to announce that on 9th May 2019, we’ll be exhibiting at In House Recruitment Live! Some of the fantastic team here at Shine will be exhibiting at the…

Personality vs Values: Which is the Best Hiring Measure?

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Personality tests are often used as part of recruitment processes to assess candidates – so they can find the ‘right candidate’ for the role. These come in the form of…

Well-Being Initiatives for Every Budget

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CIPD reported that most respondents in their study believed that their organisations health and well-being strategy had shown positive results. More specifically, that it improved morale and engagement, as well…

The Signs of a Toxic Workplace Culture

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The office we work in is basically our second home. We have to spend a lot of our waking hours in the workplace, so it can be detrimental to our…

Culture Fit vs Values Fit

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What is culture fit? The recruitment world is filled with content about why we should be hiring for culture fit and how it’s an extremely important concept. But what is…

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

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Returning to work after maternity leave can bring lots of mixed emotions – worry, excitement, and everything else in between. There’s no one-size-fits-all to the best way to handle it…

Data Driven Recruitment: What Should We Be Measuring?

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Similar to most functions of a business, every step of the recruiting process can be tracked and measured. Data driven recruitment is one of the most useful strategies that a…

Maintaining The Human Element In Recruitment

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Recruitment always has been, and always will be, about people. So, in a world of advancing technology and increasing automation, where do we draw the line? Regardless of what technology…

Meet the Team: Charlotte and Katy

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It’s an exciting time to be part of the Shine team. With a lot of exciting things in the pipeline, we started by welcoming two new amazing Business Development Executives,…

The Pros and Cons of AI in Recruitment

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Artificial intelligence (AI) for recruitment is still on the up. We already have all kinds of automation and machine learning available, but it’s constantly developing and getting smarter. It’s already…

7 Steps to a Successful Technology Roll-Out

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No matter what the size of your organisation, it should always be a goal to increase productivity and efficiency throughout different functions. The way we all operate today means the…

How to Attract Recruiters on LinkedIn

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It’s no secret that LinkedIn is basically a recruiters utopia – there’s a clear reason that 87% of recruiters use it as a sourcing tool. It’s not just useful for recruiters, though - it’s the go-to platform for many others, such as B2B marketers, or...

Future Proofing Your Recruitment Software

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If your organisation is using some form of software in their recruitment process that is built to support things such as video, whether that be actual video interviewing or simply…

How to Pick the Right Applicant Tracking System

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Applicant tracking systems were first developed to help employers scan paper resumes into a database. But like everything else, they’ve come a long way and have developed into one of…

We’re Heading to the In-House Recruitment Expo!

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We’re delighted to announce we’ll be exhibiting at the In-House Recruitment Expo! We’ll be at Olympia, London on the 26th-27th February on stand 45 – and since we’re growing, we’ll…

Improving Your Diversity Strategy

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LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report shows that 78% of talent leaders place diversity as being one of the biggest impactful factors in recruitment processes in 2018. But what is…

Embracing Millennials in the Workplace

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The actual definition of a Millennial will vary depending on the source, but generally they are people born roughly between 1981 and 1997. Also known as generation Y, they can…

Managing Morale During the Post-Christmas Blues

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Trying to keep morale high when we return from the holidays is much tougher than any other time of year. Of course, this can be more difficult for some as…

Recruitment Trends to Watch in 2019

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 If there is one lesson to be taken away from 2018 in the world of recruitment, it’s that candidates are gaining more and more power in their job search. From…

The 12 Recruitment Tips of Christmas

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Getting in the festive Spirit here at Shine, we’ve decided to give you the best 12 recruitment tips to help you out over the Christmas period and give you goals to work towards for the new year. We also reached out to a couple of...

The 7 Sins of Seasonal Recruitment

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For many companies the winter period can be a busy one, so they choose to recruit a number of seasonal employees to keep up with the festive rush. But even…

The Types of Unconscious Bias We Need to Address

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We’ve all heard of unconscious bias, but how many of us know the ins and outs of what prejudices that we act on daily? Without realising, our attitudes towards other people can by influenced by our feelings as well as our rational thought processes. While...

Changing Perceptions on Contact Centres and Manufacturing

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22 local businesses gathered for a unique twist on a traditional jobs fair to help support the young people who participate in the Newcastle United Foundation employability programmes. The event aimed to change any negative perceptions surrounding the contact centre and manufacturing industries so that...

Improving Employee Retention in the Workplace

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So, you’ve found the talent you’ve been looking for that can make a big difference in your organisation – but what are you going to do to keep them from…

Recruitment Strategies for Improving Employee Retention

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From searching for the right candidates to employee onboarding, it can take a lot of effort, time and money to find the best people who have a real cultural fit…

How to Recruit Top University Graduates into Your Organisation

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The Key to Success for Attracting Graduates Many employers are choosing to hire graduates for a number of reasons; they’re keen to learn and progress, they will take a lower…

Why do sales professionals make good recruiters?

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Recruiting is about matching candidates to jobs; whether its landing candidates their dream jobs or finding ‘unfindable’ talent for employers. All recruiters find themselves in the game of sales –…

Meet the team: Laura Anderson, Client Success Manager

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I have worked within Account Management for software organisations for the past 10 years and would like to think of myself as seasoned within this remit. I have had the…

Should I ask about salary during my interview?

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Is there ever a right time to ask about salary? Asking in a first interview may give the impression that you’re only interested in money, however, that is one of…

Learn More About Branding, Automation and AI at IHRE18 Summit

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Speak to any experienced in-house recruiter and they will tell you how hard it is to find the talent they need. For some it might be because they are recruiting…

Eliminating candidate no-shows

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Candidates have the power – they are no longer willing to wait for interviews, many are simultaneously interviewing at multiple employers. If they get hired somewhere else, they cancel your…

How work discovery week is engaging young people with business

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Work Discovery Week is Sunderland’s annual work experience event that’s become a national blueprint on how to engage young people with business, and how to encourage them to gain the skills to improve their employability. Encouraging students to embark on STEM based careers This year...

3 ways to make sure your volume recruitment campaign succeeds

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Our clients use the Shine platform to assist with their recruitment drives; no matter how big or small. This could be for a position that needs to be filled by…

Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation in the workplace

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What makes you get out of bed (nor not!) in the morning? We all have different reasons for getting up and doing our thing every day. The number of times…

Is your On Demand video interview a security risk?

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By 2020, Flash will no longer exist. In July 2017, Adobe announced that Flash will be phased out by the end of 2020 as at that point, Adobe will stop…

9 Tips to nail a video interview

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If you’re about to take an online video interview yourself, and wondering what to expect, or a recruiter who wants to provide the best tips and preparation material for your…

How shoe size can help hire for Values Fit

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I’m guilty of buying my clothes a size smaller on occasion, my thoughts being “It doesn’t fit yet”. I can be confident in this as I’m a big proponent of…

Minding the Gender Pay Gap

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More than ten thousand UK firms have recently been required to share information on their gender pay gap, and the results are eye opening if not surprising. Organisations with more…

Scheduling Interviews… Made Easy

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At Shine, we often hear the pains, moans and groans when recruiters are arranging assessment days or interview slots. They are given a set number or slots across multiple days…

Getting buy-in from your Hiring Managers

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Hiring Managers are at the heart of all of your recruitment drives, but are you still having trouble getting final sign off on candidates from them? Candidates that you have…

Preparing Graduates for Work

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65% of children entering primary school will be employed into jobs that don’t exist yet. The job market is changing all of the time, and students need to take personal…

Supporting learning conditions during an interview

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How aware are you of the different learning conditions? Do you know how to support people with learning difficulties through an interview? When it comes to interviews, it is important…

GDPR checklist for recruiters

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As part of our on-going series of breakfast forum events that we host for in house recruiters in the North East (UK), Muckle LLP led us through the upcoming GDPR regulations,…

Want a Long Term Relationship? Hire for Values Fit

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Would you make a long term commitment to a future romantic partner you had only read about on paper? How about if you were allowed 30 minutes with them in…

Hiring for Values Fit

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A recruiter’s work doesn’t end there With an obvious skills gap in the labour market, it’s easy to focus on attracting the right talent as the key to successful recruitment….

What all recruiters need to know about GDPR

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Have you heard about GDPR? Did you know it comes into effect on 25th May 2018 and it will impact everybody working in recruitment? GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation…

Video Interviews vs Telephone Interviews

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Telephone interviews have been an integral part of the selection process for some time, widely adopted across a variety of organisations for roles from telesales advisors through to senior and…

A Recruiter’s Utopia

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  Time; you want, need more of it. Time is money; your company wants and needs more of that too. So how do you, as recruitment professionals, balance the often…

Be Brave with Bias

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Bias has existed in recruitment for as long as recruitment has existed. Thankfully over recent decades, this has reduced dramatically and the introduction of protective legislation ensures the most obvious…

How to Get Management Buy-In for Video Interviewing Software

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As a recruitment manager, you’ll have your finger on the pulse of what’s hot in the world of recruitment technology, you’ll often be ‘bought in’ way before your Board of…

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USA Expansion

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We are delighted to announce our entry into the US market via a partnership with SCOUT SOLUTONS GROUP.   Following a period of rapid growth, which includes working with some…

Who is driving who in the world of recruitment technology?

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We live in a world where technology is everything. Many of us will still remember a world without it, although question how we used to function without it, but innovation…

My Apprenticeship: 1 year on

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As our first apprentice approaches the end of his first year we take a look back at his time with us. How has your first year been at Shine Interview?…

What is the cost of a Bad Hire?

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If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. Red Adair We hear so much about bad hires and what they…

The Green Interview

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What is the Green Interview? In today’s financial and environmental climate almost all businesses are under pressure from stakeholders to reduce their overheads and develop robust energy, carbon and sustainability…

A Graduate’s Guide to Video Interviewing Software

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  So the dust from graduation has finally settled and it is time to start thinking about what career you want to pursue for now, possibly for the rest of…

How to Increase Candidate Uptake

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How many people do you have applying for roles in your company, on average? If it’s not as many as you’d like, it may be because some of the candidates…

Building up to festive recruitment

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Christmas Recruitment – Why Companies Should Be Implementing Video Interviewing Now to Manage Festive Recruitment When it comes to recruiting temporary staff for the festive period, you could be missing…

Recruitment Agencies – How Video Interviewing Puts You Above the Competition

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As a recruitment agency, you’re always looking for ways to help your candidates to get the nod over the competition for the roles they’re put forward for. Unfortunately, not all…

Portfolio Awards

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After our recent news of getting shortlisted for the Amazing Wearside Awards, we are delighted to announce that we will now be attending two different awards evenings, having been nominated…

How video interviewing can help when you need to recruit quickly

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We’d all love to think that our best employees will stay with the company for many years but unfortunately, this won’t always be the case. There can be various reasons…

Amazing Wearsiders!

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We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for three awards at the upcoming Amazing Wearside Awards! The inaugural event was established last year by The Konect Group, who wanted to…

How to measure the success of your recruitment campaign

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Do you know how effective your company’s recruitment campaigns really are? A lot of businesses don’t track the information or even know where to start when it comes to measuring…

Video Interviewing Vs Skype

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For us at Shine, there really is no contest.  In fact, both Skype and Video Interviewing offer a completely different solution.  However, in conversations with potential Video Interviewing Converts, we…

How to enhance your employer brand

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The best part of your business is your people – without the right people on board, you’ll find it hard to progress. Working on improving your employer brand, and how…

Video interviewing for executive recruitment

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Any new hire is important to a business – after all, an organisation is only as good as the people in it. But hiring at a very senior or executive…

How to harness the power of social recruitment

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Social media has just about taken over our lives, and is now a huge part of strategic digital marketing for most businesses. But what other business operations could social media…

Candidates are customers too

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When debating whether to invest in online video interview software, and start integrating videos into their recruitment process, companies unsurprisingly tend to think about the ways it can benefit them…

Don’t underestimate company research!

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Preparing for an interview can be daunting, we know – but there are some key things you can do to help yourself feel more prepared, and ready to win your…

How video interviewing can help with seasonal recruitment drives

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Recruitment can be challenging at the best of times, but if you work in an industry like travel and tourism, which requires seasonal hiring in bulk, it can become even…

Video interview dos and don’ts for candidates

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Got your first ever video interview coming up? Never applied for a job this way and feeling nervous about your recording? Have no fear – we know what employers are…

Why graduates are embracing video interviewing

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Video interviewing is a great method of recruitment for all kinds of candidates – but there’s one demographic that we believe are embracing the benefits of video interviewing more than…

How video interviewing future proofs your recruitment strategy

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As skills gaps grow larger and the hunt for top talent becomes increasingly competitive, looking to the future of your recruitment strategy is more important than ever. You need to…

Why video interviewing is low risk, high return

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It’s no secret that video interviewing is on the rise. But, integrating it into your recruitment process can sometimes seem like a big shake up to something which is already…

How to prepare for your first video interview

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You may be reading this blog because you’ve been invited to your first video interview…fear not, it can be one of the most effective ways to successfully land your dream…

Overcoming the challenges of national retail recruitment

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We know recruiting new staff can be challenging at the best of times, but how do you manage when you’re responsible for the quality of recruits all around the country?…