Business - Recruitment
Recruitment jargon deals with careers and jobs and it is surprising that this industry would indeed have
its own unique recruitment jargon.
This directory of recruitment jargon is not very long and is indicative that it has not been over
absorbed by the bullshit brigade unlike its sister the careers jargon directory.
Recruitment jargon is perhaps still in its infancy and is need of a management consultant guru to
initiate some new gobbldey gook recruitment speak to individualise the profession at some huge fee.
So let us celebrate the fact that recruitment jargon is still in the dark ages and has yet to come
of age in the world of jargon.
1. Assessment Centre
Assessment centres are an interview technique that many companies use. It typical requires individuals to be
present for at least half a day, sometimes the full day. The interviewer gets to see the individuals perform in
many different situations from a normal interview, role plays, group exercises, and enables them to base a decision
on a wide range of factors, not just a one hour interview. These are not to be feared, and can actually be good
This refers to when an individual resigns from their current employer, and the current employer makes a counter
offer to try to prevent the person leaving. This may be in the form of a pay-rise or a new position all
3. Competency / Evidence Based Interview.
Competency / evidence based interview are structured interviews which assess candidates against those
competencies defined within the job description. This method of interviewing is both a highly accurate and
practical means of assessing and selecting candidates. The objective is to elicit evidene from you, the candidate,
for each of the required competencies. A such, the interview focuses on your previous actions and behaviours which
may indicate competence. Specifically during the interview you will be asked to draw on previous experiences and
describe actual situations when you have demonstrated those behaviours relevant to the job.
4. CV / Curriculum Vitae.
A short written description of your education, qualifications, previous employment and sometimes also your
personal interests, which you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job.
5. Garden Leave
When you resign from your position, your current employer may put you on garden leave. This is where you will
still have to serve your notice period, but they do not require you to be at work. You normally still have to be
available to the company if required during this time, and cannot start your new position until your notice period
has come to an end.
6. Head Hunted.
This normally refers to when an individual who is currently in employment is approached by another company to go
and work for them, either directly or through a specialist recruitment company. This normally occurs at more senior
levels where potential candidates have been indentified, tracked and pursued over a period of time.
This stands for On Target Earning, and refers to the earning potential that maybe realised if targets are
achieved and or exceeded.
8. Psychometric Testing / Personality Profiling.
These are assessment tools which maybe used to assess an individuals personality type or behavioural pattern.
Used in the right way, these assessments are extremely useful and provide a much greater insight into an individual
than may be obtained during a traditional interview. Companies will use these as an overall part of their selection
criteria to ensure they make the right decision.
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