November 7, 2017
Bad Candidate Communication When Hiring is Bad for Business

This is a Podcast (7 Minutes). A transcript is available HERE 

Candidate communication is what I want to get on my high horse about. It is not only my daughter’s recent experience, but bad candidate communication is one of the pet peeves of job seekers everywhere. Apart from it being just bad manners, it surely must reflect badly on the brand image of the said organisation.

Bad candidate communication can also cost you good hires. Chances are your candidates Continue reading

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December 5, 2016
7 Tips to Building a Stronger Hiring Process

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The key to a robust hiring system is STRUCTURE. When you have a structured process, you can measure ‘apples to apples’. Unfortunately the way most managers hire is to compare ‘apples with oranges’ and they end up with fruit salad!

At Assess we specialise in a range of online hiring tools to help you build a robust recruitment program that will ensure you avoid trying to fit ‘square pegs into round holes’.

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April 1, 2016
Hiring in the Age of Googlization

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Welcome to Episode 11 of The Tips For Hiring Show (33 minutes). Hosted by Rob McKay MA(Hons) Organisational Psychology

Attracting, filtering and communicating with potential job candidates is a whole new world. Today’s millennials (18 to 35 year-olds) are applying and approaching job selection totally differently than those who are doing the hiring really understand.

Ira Wolfe is President of Success Performance Solutions. He is a recognised expert in the hiring process. He’s a prolific writer Continue reading

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January 11, 2016
A Good Vacancy is Better than a Bad Hire

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Welcome to Episode 8 (5.30 minutes) of The Tips For Hiring Show with Rob McKay MA(Hons) Organisational Psychology.

Recently, I was a guest speaker at a NZ Sign-writers regional meeting. Sign-writers are not plentiful and when a vacancy occurs many of these small to medium sized businesses struggled to get suitable candidates.

Several business owners reported getting a good level of applications but most were totally un-qualified. They couldn’t understand why a person would apply if Continue reading

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December 16, 2015
Using Technology – A Smarter Way to Hire

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Welcome to Episode 7 (10 minutes) of The Tips For Hiring Show with Rob McKay MA(Hons) Organisational Psychology.

I am constantly amazed at the number of managers that persist with a manual approach to recruitment when today’s technology (the Internet aligned with clever software) can really save huge money on the recruitment process, plus helping you avoid hiring a horror story.

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November 25, 2015
Computers are now really good at hiring people — but HR keeps getting in the way

This informative article  appeared in the Washington Post.

This article quotes the creator of our PeopleCLUES assessment platform, Julie Moreland. I particularly like the link in this article to research that conclusively demonstrates how people develop an irrational aversion to relying on algorithms (like employment tests) once they have one bad experience, even if the assessment(s) been proven to work most of the time. And of course, there’s the natural human fear of being replaced by a Continue reading

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January 25, 2015
The Four Key Dimension to Measure When Hiring – Understanding the Can Do, Will Do, Able to Do & Done That

About to hire a new employee? How will you assess their suitability for the job? After over 15 years of personal observations most hiring managers go into the hiring process without any framework of assessment. For those of you who are guilty of hiring by the ‘seat of your pants’, let me give you a few helpful pointers to get you more structured.

Before starting the hiring process you need to evaluate the competencies required for the job. A competency Continue reading

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October 19, 2014
5 Ways Technology Can Relieve Your Recruitment Pain

An over-supply of candidates, driven by staffing cut-backs and unhappy employees seeking new roles because of wage freezes, are continuing to cause hiring managers grief when it comes to screening applications.

Many small to medium size New Zealand companies do not have the luxury of a dedicated HR team to help them through the ‘resu-mess’ (an aphorism for a mountain of resumes/CVs). It’s impossible for busy managers to effectively screen out unsuitable candidates when the daily grind of keeping the Continue reading

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August 6, 2014
Resume Overload – There is a Better Way

If you were hiring around the middle of last year you were struggling to attract a “live body”. My, how times have changed. It’s a new world out there. The application pool is in flood! We’re hearing from clients that a hundred plus applications can come through for just one position.

With high unemployment and antiquated employee selection practices, businesses are caught in a vortex of too many CVs and reduced resources to manage the influx of the applications.

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