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Keeping Selection Standards High in a Candidate-Scarce Labor Market
Keeping Selection Standards High in a Candidate-Scarce Labor Market

By Steve Evans on Oct 20, 2021

Maintaining a robust selection process with choosy candidates in a labour shortage is just another day in the challenges of management. Here’s a guide for landing great selection decisions in a tough job market.

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Securing Top Talent in A Cautious Market
Securing Top Talent in A Cautious Market

By Emily Le Grys on Sep 22, 2021

With the working lives of so many impacted by COVID-19, it’s understandable that candidates’ priorities are changing too. Adjusting your approach can help you to attract talent despite industry challenges. Here’s a look at what to consider, and how to ensure your people strategy stays strong.

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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 27, 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 13, 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 23, 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 17, 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 09, 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 02, 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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Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?
Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?

By Steve Evans on Feb 22, 2022

This isn’t a twittersphere pointless rant on gender, but rather the findings of extensive research that could be putting fifty percent of the job seeking population off applying for your vacancy based on the words and phrases you use in your job advertisements and position descriptions. Accountants and bookkeepers are hard enough to find already, without unconsciously removing half of the applicant pool, so keep this article handy whenever you’re writing job advertisements.

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Qualifications vs. Experience: What's More Important?
Qualifications vs. Experience: What's More Important?

By Steve Evans on Feb 17, 2022

Choosing between qualifications versus work experience is often one of the most challenging decisions during the recruitment process, so it needs to be a decision made carefully. It’s best to consider both sides.

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Dealing With Stress as a Manager
Dealing With Stress as a Manager

By Steve Evans on Feb 15, 2022

From developing your team to making your own tough decisions, being a manager naturally comes with a lot of stress. The days when you can sit back and relax are rare. Instead, you may find yourself rushing from one project to the next, sometimes working with employees who are unpleasant, unmotivated, or disengaged. Here’s how you can deal with all the stress and keep your career and your life on track.

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Do You Measure How Ethical You Are?
Do You Measure How Ethical You Are?

By Giles Pearson on Feb 09, 2022

Trust as the backbone of ethics in business is explored in the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Report and gives some fascinating insights into trust, specifically in the workplace. Transparency and ethical practice are front of mind for customers and colleagues alike.

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Calculating the Cost of a Bad Hire
Calculating the Cost of a Bad Hire

By Giles Pearson on Feb 02, 2022

Giles Pearson, Director here at Accountests, explains how important it is to get the hiring process right the first time, and introduces the new Bad Hire Calculator tool, available now on our website. Use the calculator to work out exactly how costly it can be to your business to fix the issue of hiring the wrong candidate.

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