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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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Put Some Science In Accountants Personal Development Plans
Put Some Science In Accountants Personal Development Plans

By Giles Pearson on Sep 15, 2022

How’s that personal development plan for your bright young star going? Tough isn’t it? What about the one for the team member who thinks they should be promoted faster than is justified by their performance. Ouch! How about an accountants specific personality profile that comes complete with a personal development plan roadmap? Sound good?

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Staff Shortages Causing Unmanageable Workloads for a Third of Workers
Staff Shortages Causing Unmanageable Workloads for a Third of Workers

By Steve Evans on Aug 08, 2022

The knock-on effects of unfilled vacancies on existing staff were largely expected by employers, but in reality are alarming. Shorten the time to hire new staff to avoid losing candidates to competing job offers and increase the wellbeing services offered to staff. Accountests can assist in shortening the time to hire new staff with our ‘fast & thorough’ techniques for getting you ahead of candidates competing jobs offers.

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Employers Need to Make Peace with High Staff Turnover
Employers Need to Make Peace with High Staff Turnover

By Steve Evans on Jul 19, 2022

  A recent UK survey of senior HR people revealed that whilst 53% of them ranked talent shortages as the biggest threat to their businesses continu...

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Who Should You Hire Next?
Who Should You Hire Next?

By Giles Pearson on Jul 13, 2022

Ryan concludes that accounting firms should treat new hires like any other investment decision – what is the ROI, especially in terms of the tasks this new person will be able to take off the firm owner.  This will likely sway decision making more towards hiring senior rather junior than might otherwise have been the case. Taking the strategic view might result in a different decision than initially considered.

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Making The Most of Phone and Video Interviews
Making The Most of Phone and Video Interviews

By Steve Evans on Jun 21, 2022

When used effectively, phone-interviews bring all the benefits of identifying the best candidate for the role, without the current risks and expense of bringing candidates in from all over and organizing the resources to accommodate interviews and candidates.  However, they also bring the considerable risk of missing out on great candidates when run ineffectively.

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Time to Revisit Transparent Interviews?
Time to Revisit Transparent Interviews?

By Steve Evans on Jun 15, 2022

In our continued world of candidate scarcity, I and most of my clients are regularly reviewing selection/vetting processes to ensure they are as effective as possible in screening candidates, which led me to revisit the Transparent Interview. Soft substitute for ‘real’ interviews, or fair and reliable way of consistently measuring a candidate’s performance?

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Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process
Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process

By Giles Pearson on Jun 01, 2022

No single recruitment tool will solve all your hiring problems, the reality is that the solution is a combination of tools put together in a thoughtful manner that are backed up by scientific evidence.

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

By Steve Evans on May 18, 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 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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