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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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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 08, 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 18, 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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