On the Couch With The Chairman: Changes in Recruitment Over The Last 25 Years

This month, our chairman, Hugh Joslin, shares his opinion on

Changes in Recruitment Over The Last 25 Years

Some things have not changed – employers continue to look for the best candidates, while individuals still seek the best jobs with the most generous salaries. However, to get to the job offer, or find the right candidate, a lot has changed.
Here’s a breakdown of the changes I have seen over the years:


  • ‘Black Book’ of contacts
  • Job ads in national press
  • CV’s sent by fax
  • All interviews face to face
  • Process involved one face-to-face interview
  • All office-based with standard hours
  • Suit and tie or equivalent


  • Electronic database of contacts
  • Electronic advertising platforms CV’s sent by email to company
  • Skype/phone/face to face interviews
  • Process includes at least 2 stages and a task/presentation
  • Flexi hours, work remotely/virtual offices
  • Smart casual or dress down


So, it’s the means of communication that’s changed. What hasn’t changed? First impressions continue to matter. Top level preparation remains critical. And, of course, the desire to impress will always be noted


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