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    Measure for Measure

    Performance-related pay (PRP) has become almost universal in the private sector and – with support by both the present and previous governments – has been introduced extensively across the public sector. This has come in...

    A truer test

    Jean-Michel Beeching’s letter (23 July) implied that the problems SHL has experienced in the US demonstrate an inherent weakness in psychometric testing, compared with behavioural interviewing. Beeching seems to have assumed...

    One-year MSc course means business

    Your brief, but rather pessimistic report on the state of graduate recruitment (News, 3 September) may reflect a sea change in employers’ attitudes. In the past there has been a general acceptance by employers that a university...

    Deception in Selection

    Authors Liz Walley and Mike Smith Publisher Wiley (01243 834294) Price £18.99 ISBN 0 471 97498 6 This book highlights the damage that can be caused by deception in the recruitment process – ranging from candidates lying about...

    E-mail intuition

    I read Rod Cochrane’s letter about HR’s use of technology (23 July) with dismay. While I agree that there are many ingredients of business success other than information management, HR will be able to demonstrate its positive...

    Ambulance workers sound alarm over medic mimicry

    Paramedics have voted overwhelmingly in favour of state registration, following an increase in the number of incidents in which members of the public have passed themselves off as health workers. The number of unqualified...

    US executives taking the cake

    Pay levels for executives in the UK are outstripping inflation, but remain well behind those in the US, according to consultancy William M Mercer. In a snapshot analysis of trends in 20 of the biggest UK and US firms, it...

    ‘Treat counter-offers with care’

    Employees should beware of salary counter-offers – a measure used by employers to retain key staff who try to leave – according to recruitment experts Robert Half International (RHI). Jeff Grout, RHI’s managing director,...

    Employers unimpressed by graduates’ lofty ambitions

    British Airways, Andersen Consulting, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and IBM are this year’s favourite employers among graduates, but Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Tesco, Audi and Mercury Communications have dropped out of the top 50 since...

    Talking tough

    Recent research showing a poor success rate in the selection of senior managers comes as no great surprise. Having recently experienced the full range of recruitment techniques, it is clear to me that the wrong things are...