We know we’ve really let the ball slip on this, but don’t worry, Digital Affair’s top  recruitment stories from the recruitment industry are back! We’ve flexed a little on the timeframe, being the first one in a while, so here’s our roundup from around the recruitment industry over the last couple of weeks. Make sure you follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

1. ISIS HR strategy uncovered

Death, destruction and a finely tuned HR function are amongst the key goals of the terror group ISIS, according to recently leaked documents. British operatives have smuggled out a USB stick detailing their recruitment process which includes a 23 question survey. The questionnaire (excerpt pictured) asks new recruits to specify whether they’d prefer to be a fighter or suicide bomber as well as their previous jihad experience and their level of obedience.

A little chilling, but it does highlight the importance of having a robust on-boarding process regardless of your industry. Click here for the full story.

2. Dramatic drop in apprentice numbers

Apprentice numbers in Australia have dropped by a whopping 20 per cent over the past year, leaving huge skill gaps in the expanding Australian economy according to HRM Online’s Amanda Woodard. Despite both major parties blaming each other for cost cutting, Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business of Australia believes that throwing money at the problem won’t help, and that industry associations and employers hold the key to solving the future skills shortage. More here.

3. Aim for a 60-70 per cent success rate – Google

Google would prefer it’s staff to fail sometimes, rather than achieving all their goals, Business Insider reported last week. Whilst this may sound like a bit of an oxymoron from one of the world’s most successful companies, the idea is to encourage employees to think big. “I’m going to set a bunch of hard goals, I’m gonna miss a bunch of them,” is what Google SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, wants the attitude to be. He says if an employee achieves all their goals, they’re probably not aiming high enough.

Luckily for staff, their salaries or benefits are not directly related to these targets as it more of an ethos for employees to live by. Read more here.

4. To work for a startup or corporate?

As a startup, Digital Affair has their own opinion on this, however Lyndon Maher gives a number of things to consider when working for one or the other, including the technology used, levels of responsibility and the approach to customers. We’re not sure, but it seems like he’s leaning towards startups… or maybe we’re just biased. Be the judge for yourself here.

5. Amazon creates 1,000 jobs in Manchester

Sorry Liverpool, but it seems that Amazon doesn’t care for seaside living and is opening its ninth fulfilment centre in Manchester as a part of its program to expand UK operations and bring its total workforce in the Kingdom to 14,500. It is currently recruiting for a range of positions including operations managers to engineers, HR and IT roles to associates. More here.