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Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment
Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment

By Giles Pearson on Feb 27, 2024

Explore the advantages of incorporating pre-employment assessments in accounting and bookkeeping firms' hiring practices. Research indicates that candidates who perform well in assessments are more inclined to complete them, enabling firms to pinpoint high-quality applicants efficiently, thus enhancing the hiring process.

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Navigating the Talent Drought: 6 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Accounting Talent
Navigating the Talent Drought: 6 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Accounting Talent

By Donna Roughan on Feb 21, 2024

In the race to attract top accounting talent, recruiters top the list as the preferred choice, closely followed by networking and social media. Discover key strategies to streamline your hiring process, from highlighting your firm's unique perks to maintaining a positive online presence.

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Money Matters: Navigating Candidate Salary Negotiations
Money Matters: Navigating Candidate Salary Negotiations

By Giles Pearson on Feb 14, 2024

Navigating salary negotiations with accounting candidates demands careful strategy. It's crucial to strike a balance between offering competitive compensation and adhering to budget constraints. By emphasizing factors like market rates, transparency, growth opportunities, and company culture, employers can manage negotiations effectively and secure top talent.

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Company Ordered to Compensate Accountant Despite $30k Mistake
Company Ordered to Compensate Accountant Despite $30k Mistake

By Donna Roughan on Feb 06, 2024

A Disputes Tribunal ruling mandated a company to pay a former accountant $14,000 in wages despite significant financial losses attributed to his performance. The ruling highlights the importance of robust recruitment procedures and pre-employment testing to avoid "bad hire" scenarios.

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Can Accounting Firms Operate A 4 Day Week?
Can Accounting Firms Operate A 4 Day Week?

By Giles Pearson on Jan 30, 2024

So much talk about how we can improve the profession by offering better a better working environment – for example a 4 day working week.  When I say talk, that’s where a lot of it starts and ends, but then I read about a couple of firms who have introduced a 4 day working week, without losing any productive hours time.  That got my attention – read here to see how they did it.

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The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing
The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing

By Giles Pearson on Jan 19, 2024

According to the survey, 52% of applicants say they exaggerate responsibilities and 45% make up details like the number of direct reports - stuff you can't easily double check.

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Imposter Syndrome: Is it The System, or is it You?
Imposter Syndrome: Is it The System, or is it You?

By Steve Evans on Nov 01, 2023

Explore the internal struggles and external factors contributing to Syndrome Delve in the accounting and bookkeeping industry. Gain valuable insights into identifying signs of heightened apprehension and learn practical strategies to overcome self-doubt. Discover empowering ways to navigate challenges and embrace personal growth.

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Winning the Graduate Talent Game: Insights for Employers
Winning the Graduate Talent Game: Insights for Employers

By Giles Pearson on Oct 18, 2023

The last year of university is stressful, for the students… and their parents. Just a couple of years ago both my daughters, in their final year of studies, were applying for graduate positions. After dealing with late-night requests to read applications, tears, frustration and finally elation when they received an offer the process has gave me an insight into what works, and what doesn’t.

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Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process
Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process

By Giles Pearson on Oct 10, 2023

No single recruitment tool will solve all your hiring problems, the reality is that the solution is a combination of tools put together in a thoughtful manner that are backed up by scientific evidence.

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Using Pre-Hiring Tests for On-Boarding in Public Accounting Firms
Using Pre-Hiring Tests for On-Boarding in Public Accounting Firms

By Giles Pearson on Oct 04, 2023

Discover how to maximize the value of hiring tests in your business. This article provides ten actionable ways to use these tests beyond the hiring phase, for effective on-boarding, personal development, and overall team efficiency. Leverage your investment in testing for a happier, more productive workplace.

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Managing Counter Offers
Managing Counter Offers

By Giles Pearson on Sep 27, 2023

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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Keep Your Talent: The Power of Stay Interviews in Employee Retention
Keep Your Talent: The Power of Stay Interviews in Employee Retention

By Giles Pearson on Aug 22, 2023

"Stay interviews," a proactive approach to employee retention, can prevent small grievances from snowballing into reasons for departure. By understanding what motivates your employees and addressing potential issues early, you not only retain key staff but also foster a more contented and productive work environment.

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