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How to assess cultural fit when hiring and why it’s so darn important.

Posted On: July 1st, 2015 by Tania Howard 1 Comment »

Each company has a personality; it has an energy about it that you can generally describe. There are often quirky characteristics that may come about due the industry it is in, team gender split, size, or even the owners personality and what they impose on the business. In a small to medium business you often […]



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Hiring Right Fit (assessing for job fit)

Posted On: June 5th, 2015 by Tania Howard No Comments »

Whenever businesses tell me they haven’t hired the right person, it often seems to come down to the person’s behaviours or fit, it is rarely their skills at fault. Many businesses, really struggle to assess ‘fit’ or behaviour and lack the techniques and tools to do so. They continue to focus on ‘skills’ and keep […]



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A Restaurants’ Expletive Outburst on Social Media at a Polite Customer

Posted On: May 29th, 2015 by Alen Levis No Comments »

Ekim Burger – a Wellington owned burger café – posted on the Wellington business’ Facebook page after a customer’s polite private message accused the burger bar of giving her son food poisoning. Surprisingly the burger café owner chose to take his conversation public with an expletive rant on social media, not only accusing his patron […]



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Criminal Convictions: What to ask and when to say no

Posted On: May 27th, 2015 by Alen Levis No Comments »

The issue of criminal convictions is one that will likely confront most recruiters at some stage. Once you have established whether a candidate is worth hiring based on their merits, you should then find out more about their history. If you have a large group of potential candidates and want to keep interviews to a […]



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Diversity, The Key to Success

Posted On: May 22nd, 2015 by Alen Levis No Comments »

Does Your Recruitment Process Allow For Diversity? Businesses are effectively a way to bring together the strengths of a group and use them to their best advantage while balancing out each other’s weaknesses. It makes sense then that diversity in the workforce has a positive effect on the success of your business. A study by […]



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Alcohol and Pregnant Customers – What’s the Right Course of Action?

Posted On: April 10th, 2015 by Amy Buhler No Comments »

Recently there has been a big stir in the New Zealand bar and restaurant industry due to an incident whereby a pregnant lady Nichola Hayes was denied a glass of wine during a celebratory meal, at an Auckland bar in March.

She was denied a drink on the basis that she was heavily pregnant, and the waitress felt uncomfortable serving her alcohol in that ‘condition’. The manager also agreed, and he denied her service at his discretion, due to Mrs Hayes’ health reasons.



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Throwing Stones in a Glass House – Office Bullying 101

Posted On: March 25th, 2015 by Amy Buhler No Comments »

Bullying, no matter where, is exactly that; throwing stones in a glass house. Recently we’ve seen the glass house of Natalia Kills, the notorious X-Factor bully, shatter around her in the wake of her abusive comments. Her career has been shredded, and her reputation ruined across the world in response to the public incident.

Unfortunately the fact is, most bullying, especially in the work place is not public at all. It’s hidden, neither seen nor heard by the majority and in turn, nothing gets done about it; which is why it is a huge problem in New Zealand, and the rest of the world.



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When and how to call it Quits with a new Hire

Posted On: March 19th, 2015 by Alen Levis No Comments »

No matter how many precautions we take when hiring staff, we still make calls that seem right at the time but turn out to be wrong – certain flaws or issues can fall through the cracks during the interview process, or the interviewer’s focus could be steered in a certain direction. Bottom line, things get missed.



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Hire new Talent or develop it in-house?

Posted On: February 27th, 2015 by Alen Levis No Comments »

Whether you talk to job seekers or recruiters, these days you’ll hear the same thing – the job market is a tough nut to crack. Job seekers lament of never hearing back from recruiters, or being overlooked completely, and recruiters having job lists that seem to be forever growing!

As a recruiter or manager, you might be feeling the pressure. Advertising hasn’t worked; your well thought out job ad has been tweaked and readjusted several times on the job board, but still, nothing…



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