It’s one of the first questions anyone working in HR gets asked. Exactly what can you ask – and what must you steer clear of – when you are interviewing a candidate for a job? It sounds simple enough, but we’ve all heard of cases where the employer got things disastrously wrong and ended up in a tribunal facing a discrimination action. But there are a few simple tips to follow which should steer you in the right direction – and help ensure you pick the best candidate for all the right reasons. Most importantly, remember that any interview should be used to test the candidate’s ability to do the job they are applying for. Questions should be directed entirely to this goal. Anything which might suggest a bias on your part must be avoided.
You can’t help but have heard about zero hours contracts. At its heart is a pretty simple idea. You sign a contract with an employer which means they don’t have to provide you with a minimum number of working hours and you get the right to turn down any offer if you want to. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of people on zero hour contracts in the UK increased by around 100,000 last year, to stand at around 1.8million. As more and more of us come into contact with these contracts, it’s important we know what they are all about. So, here’s a look at some of the most commonly asked questions around the issue.