Don't trust your friends

As I interview candidates I’m finding more and more of them say things like, ‘oh my friend worked there and had a bad experience’ or, ‘I’ve heard the culture is bad so don’t want to interview with them’ or even, ‘I hear that line manager is awful to work for.’ It feels like we’re in the middle of a huge game of Chinese whispers and basing huge job decisions on nothing more than rumours, hearsay and the company structures of four years ago.

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CAREER ADVICEAdrian Ramani
You want the truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Is this a genuine article title or just an excuse to quote ‘A Few Good Men’ because that film is cinema history and bloody genius? While I can’t quite get away with an entire piece dedicated to my love for Jack Nicholson, what we can take from that film is the reluctance we humans have to deal in the truth or tell the truth, or even ask for the messy, complicated truths.

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CAREER ADVICEAdrian Ramani
Viva la revolution: why holiday as a benefit is so important

Benefits matter to people and the people most disengaged and unhappy will shout the loudest about how awful your benefits really are and in this candidate driven market, no one can afford that kind of bad press. If you want to retain your ecommerce talent you’re going to have to start looking after them a bit more, and that starts with holiday allowances.

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PEOPLEAdrian Ramani