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Businesses Regret Half of New Hires
Businesses Regret Half of New Hires

By Steve Evans on May 17, 2022

International recruitment consultancy Robert Half reported that 46% of the businesses surveyed to develop a recently released report had made a bad hire in the past 12 months, with small businesses feeling the greatest impact.

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How to Hire a Competent Bookkeeper
How to Hire a Competent Bookkeeper

By Giles Pearson on May 11, 2022

A good education and an outstanding performance during interview does not equate to a high performing individual. In order to gauge a candidate’s abilities, you need meaningful data. The following three tips will help to keep your recruitment process focused on the data that matters, reduce the effects of bias, and uncover each candidate’s true capabilities.

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Assessing Candidate Commitment

By Giles Pearson on Apr 26, 2022

We’ve recently been hearing more and more about the topic of “candidate commitment” from clients who are dealing with candidates pulling out of final-stage selection processes. You know who I mean; the candidates that seem really interested in a role, say all of the right things and then at the last moment, when you offer them the job, they decide they’re not interested. 

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How Well Do You Treat Your Graduate Applicants?
How Well Do You Treat Your Graduate Applicants?

By Giles Pearson on Apr 12, 2022

The last year of university is stressful, for the students… and their parents. Just a couple of years ago both my daughters, in their final year of studies, were applying for graduate positions. After dealing with late-night requests to read applications, tears, frustration and finally elation when they received an offer the process has gave me an insight into what works, and what doesn’t.

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Top Tips for Stay Interviews
Top Tips for Stay Interviews

By Emily Le Grys on Mar 22, 2022

Check out this quick read to get real time tips for conduction stay interviews. You’ll also learn the best questions to ask to get to the core of what motivates your staff at work, how to encourage loyalty, and foster an attractive workplace culture

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Accountant Personality Test Gives Recruiters the Edge
Accountant Personality Test Gives Recruiters the Edge

By Emily Le Grys on Mar 16, 2022

A New Zealand company has developed a test for prospective accountants that can identify whether they are “backroom number-crunchers or strategic business advisers”.

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Managing Counter Offers
Managing Counter Offers

By Steve Evans on Mar 08, 2022

Managing candidate counter-offers can be tricky business. Check out these tips from Tara Waterman, Talent Manager at Principle People, to find out the best ways to successfully anticipate and manage counter-offers throughout the recruitment process.

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How to Break a Tie Between Two Top-Tier Candidates
How to Break a Tie Between Two Top-Tier Candidates

By Steve Evans on Mar 01, 2022

What do you do when two outstanding candidates are vying for the same position at your firm and they have been neck and neck throughout the recruitment process, how do you decide which person to hire? Here are four strategies to consider:

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How to Painlessly Reject Candidates
How to Painlessly Reject Candidates

By Steve Evans on Dec 08, 2021

  All too often, when candidates apply for roles, they are never contacted if they are unsuccessful. This can leave them feeling annoyed, especiall...

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A Manager’s Role in Turning Around Underperforming Team Members
A Manager’s Role in Turning Around Underperforming Team Members

By Steve Evans on Dec 07, 2021

Starting a conversation about under performance is never easy. Acknowledging the role you play in this person’s success (or otherwise) is crucial to setting the stage for a constructive discussion

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Get the Best Out of Your Accounting Staff
Get the Best Out of Your Accounting Staff

By Steve Evans on Nov 23, 2021

Guest author Ed Chan from Wize Mentoring walks us through the 3 top principles to get the best out of your accounting staff. This is the key to working ON your business and not IN it.

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Why Team Building Doesn't Work in Tough Economic Times
Why Team Building Doesn't Work in Tough Economic Times

By Steve Evans on Nov 17, 2021

Hilary Briggs shines a timely light into the perplexing subject of whether to invest in Team Building during tough economic times, and recommends an effective approach to match budgets and circumstances

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