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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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5 Tips for Finding Candidates for Hard-to-Fill Roles
5 Tips for Finding Candidates for Hard-to-Fill Roles

By Steve Evans on Apr 07, 2021

When candidates are hard to find, employers need to think creatively to find hidden talent. Experts share five top tips for filling hard-to-fill roles.

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How to Get the Best Out of Your Accounting Staff
How to Get the Best Out of Your Accounting Staff

By Steve Evans on Mar 18, 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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Dealing with Stress as a Manager
Dealing with Stress as a Manager

By Steve Evans on Mar 03, 2021

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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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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