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How to improve your interview process – feedback from job seekers

Recruiter Insider has recently reported some initial interesting statistics collected from candidates after client/candidate interviews.

There is greater expectation on the interview process today and in the competitive world of employment it is important that companies understand how they compare and importantly what they can do to improve the experience of people seeking employment with their organisations.

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Keep it up OrangeSky – working for our homeless

Every day on my way home I drive past the Methodist Central Church on Pitt street. Recently, once a week there has been an orange van parked in the car park with a group of people standing around talking.

As I drive past sometimes the back door will open, and a person will step out looking as though they have just had a shower.

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Leading team YOU!

It’s a new year and decade, has anything changed?

At the beginning of every new year in our recruitment business we are interested in what has changed. What skills will our clients be looking for in their employees in 2020.

In the world of big data and HR analytics there is now a plethora of research and reporting, identifying and presenting both the hard skills and soft skills in demand.

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Will 2020 be time for a change?

Well, it’s the start of another year and a new decade. Hopefully you’ve had some time out to relax and enjoy the sunshine but if you’re back at work, your holiday may already seem like a distant memory!

For some of us, the start of a new year means making resolutions – most of which we probably know we won’t stick to! – but if one of those is to find a new job/progress your career, what do you need to consider to make that happen?

Here are some pointers to help.

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This is different! Voluntary Turnover holds steady as Involuntary Turnover climbs rapidly

The New Zealand Staff Turnover survey was first published in 2006. Consequently, we now have over a decade of data which covers the latest economic cycle. The survey results clearly emphasise the very cyclical nature of staff turnover and its relationship to the strength of the economy.

In 2018 however, we discussed the new forces impacting on the turnover of staff. Firstly, the rapid change to the composition of our workforce.

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Interview Coaching

Have you applied for or seen a role that you’re really interested in but not sure your CV is up to scratch or you’re lacking interview confidence?

Whether you’re just starting out, new to New Zealand, looking for your next role, being considered for an internal promotion or contemplating a career move, there’s a lot to consider and getting a job that ticks all your boxes is about looking at so much more than just the job description!

The team

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Interview success – Can you tell a story?

Can you remember a time when you were listening to someone speak and somehow, they engaged you? To this day you can remember most of what they said or at least the message they were trying to convey?

It’s more likely than not the person told a story, they made you feel something and that’s why you remember.

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Sir Paul Callaghan had what we all need – GRIT

As i write this blog the documentary Dancing with Atoms, a tribute to Sir Paul Callaghan is being released. I heard the filmmaker Shirley Horrocks speak about the making of it and about the remarkable and interesting person he was. Tragically Sir Paul passed away in 2012 and for those of us in the New Zealand food industry we are often reminded of him through Callaghan Innovation, the governments agency supporting tech innovation and its support of NZFIN, the Food Innovation Network.

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What does your employer need you to be? – more innovative

A recent survey of New Zealand business leaders by  journalist Diane Clement asked, what was their number one interview question. Almost half of the respondent’s questions focused on change and innovation. This is no surprise with all we know about the current world of work and with what we are being told to expect.  

We will all need to look at doing things differently even challenging the status quo with ideas or solutions.

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Be the Expert and more! – learn to influence

On a day to day basis we work with a lot of experts. Food technologists, research scientists, quality specialists, engineers, demand planners, procurement specialists, production managers, technical sales specialists. The list goes on. Being an expert within your industry or organisation is a key factor in getting ahead in your career.

In today’s organisations however expertise alone doesn’t count.

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Accredited Employer status with New Zealand Immigration to become compulsory.

Introduction

The government is making significant changes to immigration to control the quality of new migrants entering New Zealand to work and to ensure that more Kiwis are employed in preference to migrants.

If you have been recruiting new staff in New Zealand with specific skills over the last 5 years you will know that it is often difficult to find Kiwis with the skills required.

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