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Hays is the leading global expert in qualified, professional and skilled recruitment. By truly understanding our candidates and clients, locally and globally, we help people and companies achieve lasting impact. 

We help match thousands of talents and organisations every year which gives us invaluable expertise in all areas of job searching and recruiting.

At Hays, we aim to provide information, tips and guidance so that talents feel as prepared as possible in the hunt for dream job and employers can find it fluent during seeking the right candidates. Read our blog, covering all stages of the job search and recruitment process, or contact a Hays consultant for further advice. 

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“Why are you looking to leave your current job?”

Naturally, the reason, or reasons one person wants to leave a job may be completely different from one person to the next. However, no matter why you have made the decision to move on, the way you articulate this to your interviewer is absolutely crucial. Read more

 
 

Eight Tricky Interview Questions – and How to Answer Them

So, you’ve been invited to interview for your dream job, and you’re starting your all-important preparation. As part of that preparation, you’ve thought about the most likely things you could be asked, such as “why do you want to work here?” or “what first attracted you to this role?” and you have diligently prepared your answers...Read more

 
 

"So tell me about yourself"

On the face of it, answering the common interview question, “So, tell me about yourself” seems easy enough. After all, you just have to talk about your background, and this is a topic you know better than anyone else. What could possibly go wrong? Read more

 
 

These Four Questions will Reveal If You're an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Being emotionally intelligent is without a doubt, one of, if not the most important trait in being an effective leader. Various studies throughout the past decade have shown that having a leader who is able to get results by... Read more

 
 

10 Ways to Get Into a Positive Mindset Before your Remote Job Interview

“I’m so nervous.” “I’m sure all the other candidates are better than me.” “I’ve never had a video interview before, it’ll probably go wrong.” “I feel worried about the impact of the virus, what if that negatively impacts my performance?” Read more

 
 

7 Ways to Communicate Confidence

I have interviewed many candidates over the years with impressive CVs but who, at interview, showed a lack of confidence. For this reason alone I struggled to hire any of them. Read more.

 
 

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle

Many of us live our lives on autopilot and fail to take the time to really understand ourselves; to reflect on who we are and what we want. It’s sad to say, but often others may well have a more accurate picture of us than we do of ourselves.Read more

 
 

Six Soft Skills you will Need in the Next Era of Work

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about overnight change and disruption to the world of work. Of course, some of these changes were bubbling away in the background in the pre-crisis world, but these have now been accelerated – alongside a multitude of completely new changes. Read more

 
 

Why your Customers are More Important to Your Organisation than Ever?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our personal and professional lives to such an extent that many of our daily routines were transformed overnight (or have been transformed over the past 12 months). Many of our habits, our routines and our rituals have changed for good. Read more

 
 

How can you Look After your Mental Health as a Temp Worker?

Maintaining good mental health is, of course, a challenge for all of us. However, a study from McGill University in Canada found that people who were engaged in temporary, contract or casual fixed-term positions were more susceptible to poor mental health than those in long-term, stable employment.Read more

 
 

Introducing the Top Tech Jobs of 2021

2020 has been an unprecedented year for technology. The disruption caused by COVID-19 quickly forced organisations to reprioritise their technology objectives and strategies overnight to enable them to operate in a newly remote environment. Read more

 
 

The Secret to Giving Strong Interview Answers

Have you ever wanted an opportunity so much, that during your interview answers, you ended up listing every single reason why you were the most suitable candidate for the job, shoehorning in points which weren’t even relevant to the question? This is common trap that many candidates fall into, especially when they are feeling particularly nervous. Read more

 
 

7 Common CV Gaps, and How to Explain Them in an Interview

There are many reasons why you may have gaps on your CV. You might have spent your time away from the workplace to look after children, you may have been studying, travelling, caring for a relative or looking for a job. Career gaps can also be caused, of course, by redundancy. Read more

 
 

How Business Leaders can Rethink Their Talent Management for the New Era of Work

Having transitioned from the chaos we faced in the early days of the pandemic – establishing a ‘new normal’ of remote working, changes in working arrangements, and fighting to keep businesses afloat – leaders in many organisations are looking at how they can be prepared for an uncertain future. Read more

 
 

How to be Super Productive When Working from Home

At the present time, the challenge of ensuring high levels of productivity when working remotely is a very real one for many around the world, regardless of role or, indeed, the size of the business they work in. Promisingly, however, many have managed to crack the code, and are reaping the rewards, which I will be exploring in this blog. Read more

 
 

Lights, Camera, Action: How to Impress in Your Video Interview

For some, the perceived lack of real interpersonal interaction during a video interview can be a cause for anxiety. Body language accounts for a large part of communication, and without it the ability to express ourselves decreases significantly. Read more

 
 

11 Skills that will Help you Become a Better Leader in the New Era

People automatically look to their leaders in times of crisis, and the last few months have certainly delivered some of the greatest challenges those leaders have ever faced. However, once the immediate tests posed by the pandemic have subsided, leaders will need to be equipped to succeed in a significantly transformed world of work... Read more

 
 

How you Answer Interview Questions is Just as Important as What You Say

When preparing for an all-important job interview, you might think that the most important thing to equip yourself with is what you’re going to say when answering specific types of interview questions. Read more

 
 

How to Upskill When You're Self-Isolating

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has seen rapid and significant change sweep across the world of work, with organisations activating business continuity plans and transitioning their employees to remote working. Read more

 
 

Japan's Top Ten Talent Trends for 2021

The way that Japanese workers operate is set to change dramatically in the post-COVID-19 world, meaning that digital solutions and online transformation will be critical in the coming year, according to recruiting experts Hays, as part of the country’s top 10 talent trends for 2021. Read more

 
 

How to Elevate Your Answer to Why Should I Hire You

With it often being one of the first questions asked in a job interview, how you answer, “Why should I hire you?” could really help you set a positive tone for the rest of the meeting, whilst engaging the interviewer in what you have to say from the outset. Read more

 
 

11 Ways to Make your Interview Feel Less Like an Interrogation and More Like a Conversation

You are going to have job interviews. Maybe that won’t be for a while, maybe you are preparing for one right now. Your next interview might be for an external job, about a promotion, with a recruiter or in a new country. Whenever and however that interview happens, it’s unlikely that you are looking forward to it. Read more

 
 

How to Add Quantifiable Results to Your CV, When you Think you Don't Have Any

Most jobseekers understand the importance of showcasing quantifiable evidence of their skills and competencies on their CV. Stating the percentage increase in new sales, clients or website visitors that you were personally responsible for, for example, serves to demonstrate to a potential new employer your expertise and the value you could bring to their organisation. Read more

 
 

Networking in the New Era of Work

Networking: a word that drives fear into the heart of many introverts! That’s often because many still have a stereotypical view of what networking means. Such as working a room and making a strong charismatic first impression in a time limited situation. This is a very narrow and outdated view of networking in our current world. Read more

 

Seven Questions to Ask Your Interviewer, Following the Pandemic Outbreak

The decision you make when choosing which employer to work for, and which role to accept, has always been an important one – life changing in fact. It’s an intently personal thing, rooted in your values and hopes and dreams for the future. However, it’s likely that during the lockdown period, you’ve been afforded more time to think and ruminate on your career trajectory, and contemplate, if, on reflection, it’s really headed in a direction that’s right for you. Read more

 
 

Want to Work Remotely All the Time? Consider These Nine Things First

The dramatic changes brought to our working world by the COVID-19 crisis led to an overnight increase in remote working. However, as we transition into a new era of work, rather than returning to ‘9-5’ office-based work, remote work is looking likely to become far more common. Read more

 

Expert Insights | Monica Parker

We were delighted to interview Monica Parker, Founder of HATCH Analytics for our recently released report, Uncovering the DNA of the Future Workplace report. Read more

 
 

How Tech can Help Prepare Us for More Covid Disruption

Disruption is second nature to IT teams. Even before COVID-19 hit, dealing with unforeseen change and innovating in response to it was part of their day-to-day – it was their bread and butter. After all, it’s change and disruption that often fuels the need for technological solutions. Read more

 

How Leaders can Demonstrate Trust in their People During Difficult Times

The Internet is buzzing with questions from humans. Surely, this automatic reliance on our devices to help us find quick, instantaneous answers might suggest that we humans are a naturally curious bunch, but are we really? Read more
 
 

Why you Shouldn't Always Just 'Google it'

The Internet is buzzing with questions from humans. Surely, this automatic reliance on our devices to help us find quick, instantaneous answers might suggest that we humans are a naturally curious bunch, but are we really? Read more
 
 

"Are you Interviewing with Any Other Companies?"

If you’re actively looking for a new job, it’s more than likely that you will have applied for multiple opportunities, and therefore may well be interviewing with multiple different employers. Read more

 

 

How to Find a New Job During a Pandemic or Recession

Did you intend to start looking for a new job shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak, and are now wondering whether or not you should resume that search? Or perhaps you’ve been forced to seek a new role due to a change in circumstances, directly caused by the coronavirus disruption? Read more
 
 

Worried About Starting your New Job Remotely? Here's how to make Sure it Goes Smoothly 

The fact that you’re reading this blog indicates you may have accepted a new job offer recently, so congratulations! If the current circumstances mean you’ll be starting your new role remotely, it’s important for you to understand how your onboarding process may differ from one that is office-based, whilst doing all you can to ensure you start your new role as positively as possible... Read more

 

Lessons on International Expansion

Expanding into a new country is a huge milestone for any organisation. It is also one of the most challenging. From finding the right people to forming a balanced team, there are many different factors to consider. In the last few years, Manchester City Football Club has extended from their North West England home to have a presence in places such as Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Read more

 

 

My careers advice for the Class of 2020

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree back in 1982, almost 40 years ago. Similar to the Class of 2020, I also graduated into a world of global economic volatility and recession. At the time, it was considered to be the worst economic climate since the Second World War. However, what today’s young graduates are facing is undoubtedly far more challenging... Read more

 

How can Leaders Unlock the Careers of the "Lockdown Generation"?

Interrupted education. Internships withdrawn. Cancelled graduation ceremonies. First job offers retracted. First jobs furloughed. First jobs completely lost. The COVID-19 crisis has robbed many of the younger generation - those just on the cusp of starting their professional lives - of experiencing so many of life’s important milestones. It has disrupted the very rhythm of their lives,... Read more

 

"The World is Going to Need Talented People, that Hasn't Changed."

Nothing I could have learned at business school could have ever prepared me for the past four months. While these weeks have undoubtedly been some of the most challenging of my career, they have also been some of the most valuable in terms of lessons learned. This period of time will be ingrained in my mind forever more. I will never forget it, and nor should I. The world will never be... Read more

 

How to Prioritise the Wellbeing of your People in a Hybrid Workplace

The lockdown period has been a learning curve for both businesses and professionals. We have had to learn how to use new technologies and how to remain productive when outside of the office, all whilst consciously supporting one another’s mental health and wellbeing. Everybody’s experience of lockdown has been unique to them, with many facing daily challenges that have had the... Read more

 

What to Consider Before Hiring for Permanently Remote Roles

The COVID-19 crisis has brought sweeping change to so many aspects of our lives – where we work being one of them. Some of these changes will be permanent. Indeed, many organisations have found that having a greater number of their employees based at home has worked out well for all parties. As a result, some employers have decided to shift completely to remote working for good, while... Read more

 

The Five Interview Questions you Must Ask to Secure the Best Candidate in the Next Era of Work

As governments around the world slowly start to ease lockdown restrictions, for many leaders, focus is now firmly on how to return to growth when operating with backdrop of uncertainty and unease. This is a monumental challenge, but we can rise to it if we utilise our organisation’s most valuable asset – our people. Read more

 

Seven Questions to Ask your Interviewer, Post-Covid

The decision you make when choosing which employer to work for, and which role to accept, has always been an important one – life changing in fact. It’s an intently personal thing, rooted in your values and hopes and dreams for the future. However, it’s likely that during the lockdown period, you’ve been afforded  more time to think and ruminate  on your career...Read more

 

Six Transformational Ways your Pre-Covid People Strategy Must Change

Shaking hands enthusiastically before a face-to-face meeting, sharing pens to scribble down ideas during a brainstorming session, bonding with our colleagues whilst taking part in a team building session. These are all innately human social interactions that we wouldn’t have thought twice about doing before the pandemic hit. In our pre-COVID working world, it was interactions like...Read more

 

Four Tips to Help you Deliver Training to Remote and Hybrid Teams

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all areas of business. It has meant organisations and workers alike have had to adapt and be agile to deliver, in some cases, the same job they had been doing one way for some time.Delivering training is no different and in this new era of work, having a robust training programme will be fundamental to helping organisations to adapt to and embrace... Read more

 

Remote Work After Covid-19: Five Considerations for Managers

If there’s one thing social distancing measures have shown us, it’s that a large percentage of the workforce can work productively and successfully from home. The traditional perspective that people must be physically present in one set workplace during standard business hours has been turned on its head. Scepticism has been replaced with a new-found awareness that output,... Read more

 

The Post-Covid-19 Workplace: Will it Suit your Working Style?

Continuing physical distancing measures will see your former open-plan office layout replaced with a new seating plan, separated desks and dividers. It will likely lead to you returning to your workplace on a roster system with staggered start and finish times. There will also be fewer in-person meetings and informal brainstorming sessions around a colleague’s computer. In short, the... Read more

 

How to Craft your Job Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations to undergo significant change and adjust to an unexpected new reality. From adapting products or services to adopting new technology to run their business, in a matter of weeks organisations have undergone levels of change that, pre-crisis, we wouldn’t have thought possible in years. Consequently, the people working in these... Read more

 

Inclusion and Diversity During a Crisis? We've Been Here Before!

If you work in inclusion and diversity (I&D) at the moment, you’re probably concerned that years of progress could be lost within a short space of time. Senior teams are focusing on the here and now: reacting to fast-changing government advice, trying to keep day-to-day business running virtually, and attempting to salvage business as we all deal with the continued financial... Read more

 

How Leaders can Demonstrate Trust in their People During Difficult Times

In just a matter of weeks, the world of work has been shaken by more change and uncertainty than it has experienced in an entire generation. The COVID-19 crisis is forcing organisations around the world to transform their business models, find new ways of working and question their very purpose in what feels like the blink of an eye. Read more

 

What Lessons can Leaders Lesarn from the COVID-19 Crisis? 

The global COVID-19 crisis has already transformed the way in which we work in such a short space of time. As the situation continues to develop and the road to recovery is expected to be a long one, business leaders and professionals must adapt and be agile to the challenges that are presented to them on a daily basis... Read more

 

Six Considerations for HR Leaders when Switching to a Hybrid Working Model

As the restrictions that were put in place across the world to combat COVID-19 begin to be lifted and plans to transition back into the office are underway, we can expect a very different workplace to the one we left behind and a different way of working. So, what do HR departments need to consider as they begin this transition? Read more

 

10 Ways to get into a Positive Mindset Before Your Remote Job Interview

“I’m so nervous.” “I’m sure all the other candidates are better than me.” “I’ve never had a video interview before, it’ll probably go wrong.” “I feel worried about the impact of the virus, what if that negatively impacts my performance?” 80%  of all the thoughts we have are negative.  Read more

 

How to Succeed in your Remote Job Interview

In these difficult times, most interviews are being conducted remotely either over the phone or by video call.  So, in this Q&A , we’re joined by Gaelle Blake, Director of Permanent Employment at Hays UK and Ireland. Gaelle is here to share her expert advice for those who are worried about interviewing remotely, to help them overcome their fears and secure their next job. ... Read more

 

What is a Hybrid Team and how do I Lead One?

With restrictions around the world beginning to slowly ease, and home working set to become more normalised, many leaders have understandably been wondering how their teams will operate post-crisis. Much of the answer to this question is currently unclear. Read more

 

Your Guide to Embracing Change Quickly and Successfully

We have all found ourselves having to adapt quickly, both in our personal and professional lives. In this way, the COVID-19 pandemic has served to highlight a key skillset which we all need to continually develop and nurture, in order to operate successfully in our role, no matter what that role may be.  Read more

 

The Best Way to Onboard your New Starters Remotely

All around the world, leaders and managers are currently welcoming new starters to their teams remotely. As such, the onboarding process is being done entirely from home – this is unchartered territory for most, and interestingly, it’s a scenario that will likely become more common, with hybrid teams set to become more prevalent in the next era of work, post-crisis. Read more

 

 Want to Continue Working from Home? Here's how to Approach your Boss

Social distancing rules aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus forced mass remote working onto a significant percentage of the world’s skilled professionals. While this was designed as a temporary stop-gap, many employees have come to appreciate the benefits of working from home and wish to retain some form of flexibility once they transition back into co-located workspaces. Read more

 

Become More Mindful, Inside and Outside of Work

What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.”  Jon Kabat-Zinn  PhD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Practising mindfulness is not about avoiding all of the many thoughts (positive and negative) that are buzzing through our minds... Read more

 

Covid-19 has Forced us to Change how we Work - Which of those Changes might be Permanent?

To say that 2020 hasn’t exactly got off to the best start for many of us would be the understatement of the century. Here in Australia, we were only just beginning to start the recovery from the devastating bushfires that wreaked havoc across the country, impacting massively on lives, businesses and wildlife.  Read more

 

What Career Lessons can we Learn from the Covid-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is unlike anything that we’ve seen in recent history. It has dramatically changed our day-to-day lives and the way in which we work, meaning organisations and professionals have had to adapt to this new world rapidly and take on new challenges. Read more

 

Leading Through Crisis - Defining Reality and Giving Hope

Crisis puts the spotlight on leadership. Most teams, provided they are composed of intelligent, motivated people who know what they need to do, can sail along comfortably when things are going well, and leaders have a pretty easy time of it. A corrective word here, a pat on the back there, and the team carries on doing what it does best. Read more

 

The World of Work post-Covid 19: Nine Questions I’m Asking Myself

Our lives will never be the same again. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration, it’s a fact. COVID-19 has already, in a matter of just a few weeks, completely changed our world. If you take a step back and really think about the magnitude and speed of what’s happening around us, it’s remarkable - Read more

 

Is it Possible to Unite a Remote Workforce?

The concept of virtual or remote teams is not a new phenomenon. However, advances in technology, globalisation, organisational structures and ways of working have meant that this approach has grown significantly over the last few years. Read more

 

How to Run Successfully 1-2-1’s Virtually

Leadership and management takes place largely through face-to-face, in-person conversations – conversations about targets, priorities, context, solutions and achievements. Read more

 

14 Ways to Ensure your Skype Interview is a Success

There are 300 million people using Skype each month. It’s no surprise then, that the video chat service has been deployed in the interview process. Read more

 

 

How to Engage and Motivate your Team Remotely

A key role for leaders is to engage and motivate their team – but how? And how can you do it when everything is so uncertain and different? To help us to find the answers, it’s useful to look at some of the main elements of engagement and motivation. Read more

 

 

How to be Super Productive when Working from Home

How can you tackle the unique challenges that come with working in the comfort of your own home, whilst ensuring you’re as productive as possible? Read more

 

 

How to Upskill when You’re Self-Isolating

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has seen rapid and significant change sweep across the world of work, with organisations activating business continuity plans and transitioning their employees to remote working. Read more

 

Covid-19 Crisis: Eight Crucial Things your Employees need from their Leaders Right Now

A few words on a screen just don’t do justice to the global health emergency we all currently find ourselves grappling with. COVID-19, as it spreads throughout the world, is taking over everything we know and everything we are. Read more

 

Understanding RPO: What Technology can RPO Bring to Your Organisation?

The recruitment landscape is ever shifting for most organisations around the world, and doubly so in the dynamic and often complex labour markets across Asia. Read more

 

 

Understanding RPO: How is RPO Different from Staff Augmentation?

The recruitment landscape is ever shifting for most organisations around the world, and doubly so in the dynamic and often complex labour markets across Asia. Read more

 

 

It Takes a Human to be a Leader of Human Beings

We’re all human. We have different hopes and dreams, and different fears and flaws. We’re all unique in our own unique way. It’s our uniqueness that makes each one of us 7.8 billion human beings on this planet, human. But what is it that sets us apart from all the other species? Read more

 

Why do you Want to Work for Us?

I recently read that 67% of 6-9-year olds say that saving the planet will be the ‘central mission of their careers’ in the future. That stat struck me as fascinating, but not all together surprising. Read more