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

By Steve Evans on Jul 21, 2021

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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Securing The Top Accounting Candidate With The Killer Question!
Securing The Top Accounting Candidate With The Killer Question!

By Steve Evans on Jul 14, 2021

Even though hiring managers do a great job preparing for the interview, putting a lot of thought and effort into interview questions and comparing candidates, at the end of the interview, they fail to ask THE question that could close the deal and secure the top candidate. So what's the question?

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The Science Behind Smart Hiring
The Science Behind Smart Hiring

By Steve Evans on Jul 07, 2021

Hiring is hard. General Managers know it. Partners know it. HR knows it. School principals know it. Hiring is hard because both sides are in the dark. But hiring is not hopeless. Like any consequential business decision, it has been exhaustively studied. This is the science behind hiring

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The Case Against Hiring Like-Minded People
The Case Against Hiring Like-Minded People

By Giles Pearson on May 19, 2021

At some point in the selection decision, the over-used phrase ‘team fit’ almost always comes up.  For some, ‘team fit’ simply means hiring someone else just like all the others; or just like me. At first glance, it seems a sensible enough decision, but what business opportunities are you missing out on if you keep hiring like minded people? Here’s a 2 minute read from two senior recruiters on the risks of hiring like minded people and 3 ways you can avoid it.

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Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths
Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

By Steve Evans on May 13, 2021

Put simply, many talented people just don’t see their strengths as attributes that enable them to do things that most others struggle with. As a result, whilst every employer and manager wants to believe they allow staff to ‘play to their strengths’, if staff don’t know what those strengths are, it’s not likely to happen. Here’s a 2-minute read with practical steps for identifying strengths and latent talent among your team.

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Try Our Bad Hire Calculator
Try Our Bad Hire Calculator

By Giles Pearson on May 05, 2021

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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Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?
Why Do Some Job Adverts Put Women Off Applying?

By Steve Evans on Apr 29, 2021

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

By Steve Evans on Apr 21, 2021

Starting a conversation about under performance is never easy, but the longer it is left unaddressed, the harder it becomes to initiate.  Meanwhile, the impact on your hard-won clients, your other staff and your own reputation keeps on growing.

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Managing Counter Offers
Managing Counter Offers

By Steve Evans on Jan 20, 2021

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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Case Study on Managing Salary Expectations

By Giles Pearson on Oct 15, 2020

There’s always different ways to use skills testing to find the right candidate at the right price.  Our UK based client recently gave us this sto...

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