How do you keep a happy workforce? Ask our experts in our live Q&A. Photograph: image100/Alamy
Yes, it’s partly down to the fact I’m nosy, but I’ve always wondered what’s like being the other side of the desk at a job interview; I’m fascinated to see how people perform while they’re being grilled under pressure.
Still, there’s plenty of insight out there from those who who make a living out of finding the right people for the roles they are aiming to fill. A big no-no for HR director at Starbucks Sandra Porter, by the way, is people who criticise their current employers, while for FedEx’s HR managing director Kevin Dunkeld it’s waffling on for the sake of it which sees candidates on a swift path to the rejection pile.
A career in HR is not just about hiring and firing, though, and the responsibilities involved can vary hugely depending on the size, nature and sector of an organisation.
In a recent Q&A, senior HR manager Claire Hill explained how the world of HR job titles can be pretty confusing. Claire explained how she’s worked for organisations where a HR executive was one of the most junior roles, while at others it was one of the most senior.
So, to help you wade through the job titles and decide whether it’s the career for you, we’re taking a closer look at the what HR professionals do. Join us to quiz a panel of industry experts – they’ll be offering the low-down on how they keep a happy workforce and answering questions about everything from CIPD qualifications to the importance of employment law knowledge on 14 June. And hopefully I’ll get some insights into sitting on the other side of the interview table…
Join us from 1pm until 4pm – advance questions welcome below.
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Sarah Wynn is operations director for HR recruitment at Badenoch & Clark, a recruitment consultancy
Sarah has more than 14 years experience in the recruitment industry, managing and leading divisions which recruit for both the public and private sector.
Dr Fiona Robson is a senior lecturer in Human Resources Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Prior to her academic career, Fiona was the HR manager for a public sector organisation.
Rachel Kay is business development director at Thales Training & Consultancy
Rachel has more than 15 years experience of working in learning and development.
Kate Russell is MD of Russell HR Consulting
Kate Russell is a HR and employment expert, public speaker and an author. She is also the Metro newspaper’s HR columnist.
Emma Smallwood is a consultant with HR consultancy, Independent
Emma completed a master’s in HR after her degree and since then has been working on graduate, talent and training projects for Independent’s blue chip client base.
David Saxon is a lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) at Middlesex University
David has been a lecturer in Human Resource Management for 14 years, the past four at Middlesex University and previously at Southampton Solent University.
Laura Campbell is the HR director for Changemakers, a national youth charity which works to unlock the leadership potential of young people
Laura has worked previously in HR and learning and development teams at WH Smith and Abbey National.
Miriam Koller is global HR director at Bibby Financial Services
Miriam has more than 20 years experience in the recruitment industry.
Louise Edwards is leading research for the CIPD on HR graduate programmes and how organisations are supporting the development of early career, high potential HR professionals
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a HR and development professional body.
Tracey Morgan is a senior HR business partner in the talent management team at beer company Molson Coors
Tracey previously worked in HR at Nestlé for 13 years.
Amanda Haig is the graduate HR manager for Allianz Insurance
Amanda oversees the recruitment of full-time graduates to the company as well as summer work placements. She has worked in HR for the past 11 years.