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Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?
Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

By Steve Evans on Feb 17, 2021

A changing workforce has left many highly qualified professionals out of the job market. But are these candidates too qualified, or could they be the right people for the job? Asking the right questions can help alleviate hesitation and avoid pitfalls, while potentially onboarding some major talent and experience to your team.

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How to Work with a Square Peg, Round Hole Employee
How to Work with a Square Peg, Round Hole Employee

By Steve Evans on Feb 10, 2021

Cohesion is incredibly valuable in any working environment, but when a team member simply doesn’t fit, what is the best way to manage this? Asking the right questions and working to strengthen the fit can make a big difference to employee satisfaction and company cohesion.

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Should Your Pay Policy Be More Transparent?
Should Your Pay Policy Be More Transparent?

By Steve Evans on Feb 02, 2021

Many candidates say they want employers to be more open about salaries. But does transparency help to drive equality, or does it mean greater challenges that can alienate staff? Explore the pros and cons around salary silence.

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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 Jan 26, 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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Managing Counter Offers
Managing Counter Offers

By Steve Evans on Jan 14, 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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Retain Your Firm’s Accounting Superstars This Christmas

By Giles Pearson on Dec 10, 2020

      Trent McLaren says the best way to understand how to retain your staff or keep them engaged is to understand the reasons why employees leave. It’s unrealistic to expect someone to stay with the same j...

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Assessing Candidate Commitment

By Steve Evans on Nov 25, 2020

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 can...

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Adding Microsoft Excel Testing To Your Hiring Process
Adding Microsoft Excel Testing To Your Hiring Process

By Steve Evans on Nov 18, 2020

A long time ago, when working as a Personnel Officer, I would meet a departmental manager several times a year to help her interview candidates for admin roles.   One of her ‘absolute must-haves’ for the ro...

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What Matters To Candidates Now? Securing Top Talent In A Cautious Market

By Steve Evans on Nov 10, 2020

With the working lives of so many impacted by COVID-19, it’s understandable that candidates’ priorities are changing too. Notably, job security has emerged as a strong focus for candidates. In fact, 2 in 3 ...

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How To Reject A Candidate

By Steve Evans on Oct 21, 2020

All too often, when candidates apply for roles, they are never contacted if they are unsuccessful. This can leave them feeling annoyed, especially if they have devoted their time and energy to attend interv...

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Why Paying A Competitive Salary Is Important

By Steve Evans on Oct 21, 2020

Wages may be classed as an operating expense, but like any good investment, strong staff salaries can deliver healthy returns. Your business may have a great product or service but the true strength of the ...

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The Case To Hire For Accounting Skills Over Attitude

By Steve Evans on Oct 21, 2020

Pick-up nearly any business book and the recommendation is likely to be the same: when building a team, "hire for attitudes and train for skills". This seems to be the catchphrase in recent years for recrui...

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