Smoke and Mirrors

Seeing through the Smoke and Mirrors – are candidates CV’s true?

Today is National Smoke and Mirrors day. Smoke and Mirrors is a popular idiom for deceptive behaviour, or an action with an insubstantial explanation or description. Although the source of the name is from magicians due to their many illusions, the candidates you are hiring could be hiding behind smoke and mirror descriptions on their CVs, based on the fact they can write anything and may not be questioned on it, even if what they’re claiming isn’t necessarily the truth. But how can you tell if they are actually able to do all the things they say they can?

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about Character DNA

Profiling for a professional workforce

Lloyds of London have announced an alcohol ban for employees during working 9-5 hours. Boozy lunches have long been the norm in the City for many businesses when deals are made with customers. For some employees, this may come as a bit of a shock, especially if they are used to the occasional daytime tipple. Lloyds have defended their reasoning saying it’s time to bring the company and employee expectations into line with ‘industry norms’. Not every business and industry has the same lenient outlook to daytime drinking during the week and expect professional behaviour at all times, even on visits out of the office.

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Skillsarena launches Character DNA for psychometric profiling’

Skillsarena Launch Character DNA for Psychometric Profiling

Psychometric Test – Character DNA

We are so happy to announce the launch of our new Psychometric profiling product; Character DNA. The launch comes at an exciting time for us at Skillsarena, and is one of an assortment of new talent management products available in our online range. You may be wondering what exactly Character DNA is and where it could be beneficial for you to use. We have answered the important questions below in an easy-to-digest way!

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Why Juggling isn’t Just for Clowns

England’s emergency ambulance service is said to be at ‘breaking point’ following recently released figures showing that of all the UK’s ambulance services, only Wales is successfully reaching emergencies within the target of eight minutes.
Reports and figures expose the fundamental root of the issue as a huge rise in demand from the public, adding mounting pressure on to the already …Read More

John Lewis

Are You a Fox or a Badger?

As happens every year, we have all fallen in love with John Lewis’s Christmas advert, and the group of animals harmoniously jumping around on the trampoline (much to Buster the dog’s despair…). All the animals involved; two foxes, a badger, a hedgehog and a squirrel quickly work out the perfect system to all bounce together without anyone falling off or …Read More

A Skills Test for Donald Trump

So, Donald Trump recently became the President-elect of the USA, sending shock-waves around the World. After an extremely close debate race between Trump and Clinton, Trump came out on top. We can’t help but think if American citizens had something extra to help them make up their minds, rather than just the campaigning, then things might have been different…
Running for …Read More

Ready, set, Gung-Ho!

In the Skillsarena team, we love a challenge. So much so that for the past month Lauren and Natalie have been searching for an event for everyone to take part in (one that everyone agrees on!) to fundraise for FOP Friends. FOP Friends is a charity close to our hearts as Oliver – an honorary member of the Skillsarena Team …Read More