Top 3 Tips To Improve Interview Performance

No one is born with great interview skills. Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency:

Interview Tips #1 –  Preparing Your Answers

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers will want to know about you. Such as:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions. Rehearse your answers aloud before the interview – it’s one thing to know what to say quite another to say it fluently. Remember: how you say things at an interview is just as important as what you say.

Interview Tips #2 – Research Preparation

Do not just focus on the specific skills that relate to the job you’re going for. You must also prepare answers to the generic competencies. These include planning and organising skills, communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork, coping with change and conflict resolution skills.

By researching the organisation, you are interviewing with, you can relate your prior experience to their business. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. Prepare specific examples of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve achieved it. Do the same when you’re preparing answers about your personal attributes and motivators and de-motivators.

Interview Tip #3 – Ask Questions

Prepare some questions to ask in the interview but avoid asking too many questions at the end of the interview. Interviewers generally appreciate inciteful relevant questions.

It’s very handy to have a short summary statement highlighting your strengths up your sleeve. You can use this at the end of an interview as a final flourish – good endings at interviews are extremely important.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative provides low-cost recruitment services to small businesses and operates throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Job Search Trends For The New Year 2022

As of late the job market has felt less than normal. As we progress into 2022, the career landscape is predicted to be tricky to navigate for both job seekers and employers. Here are some job search trends to be aware of for the New Year in 2022.

Some Industries Will Thrive, While Others Will Struggle

As we saw over the bulk of the pandemic some industries struggled and others thrived or continued as normal, this trend is will continue into 2022. For example, hospitality, tourism and the fitness are industries that are still recovering. Unfortunately, labour shortages are set to linger.

There are plenty of jobs out there at the moment, so when starting your own job search taking time to review all your options is going to make the world of difference. Consider if the industry you are seeking to get into is struggling or not rehiring at the same level as it used to. You may even contemplate a career change and draw upon transferrable skills.

Lots of Perks Available – But is This a Good Thing?

As employers report a shortage of workers, you may have seen they are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at new hires to attract talent. On a recent news story from Melbourne, Victoria one restaurant owner went as far as offering one year’s paid rent as a perk for a new Restaurant Manager.

Perks are great and all but let’s not forget about the other things that tend to matter to us in the long run. Such as:

  • company culture
  • work-life balance
  • career progression
  • professional development opportunities
  • employee recognition
  • flexibility – working from home, part time school hours, etc.

Freelancing & Less Experienced Workers

Those who choose to freelance are finding more opportunities due to the “great resignation” forcing more companies to pay high premiums for more experienced employees. This has also opened a door for those who are either less experience or lack experience entirely. Employers are now considering candidates who they may have never in the past. Choosing training above the salary inflation we are seeing. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to try a new field or apply for a more senior role to take on more responsibility.

Faster Recruitment Process

It is likely that we will see a much faster recruitment process in an effort to secure talent in a tight market. Hiring speed now gives companies an edge over their competition. This means it’s important for job seekers to know what they want, to save time and avoid missing out on a perfect opportunity. For more job search trends click here.

For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’ or ‘Employer Information’ section on our website. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Christmas Recruitment Tips

Christmas is quickly approaching. We are all starting to wind down and look forward to some rest and relaxation after all the Covid drama. However, before you pack up for the year there are some recruitment tips you should consider. Christmas recruitment is beneficial for many businesses, especially to have your team trained and ready to go in 2022. Here are some Christmas recruitment tips from The Recruitment Alternative.

Start Early

Santa may have a seasonal business, but many small to medium sized business owners in Australia and New Zealand do not. Planning for next year starts now. Know what new hires you need to make before the New Year so that you can decide if they should start now or next year. If recruiting this year is in your plans, it’s better to start early then waiting to late December.

Look Beyond Experience

It is a competitive candidate market out there. There is a lot of demand but not enough supply so don’t limit your search to candidates with similar work histories. Use scenario-based questions to determine whether they can do what’s needed. Candidates could have transferrable skills sets that with a little training could make them the perfect fit for your business. Just because they haven’t done this exact role before, doesn’t mean they won’t be good at it. You can always train those would an excellent work ethic and attitude.

Review Your Culture

Santa’s elves want to work for him because he is jolly and approachable and there is a positive work environment. The elves never fail to deliver the presents on time for Santa to give to all the children. If your company culture has taken a hit, it may be time to consider the following:

  • Building stronger employee relationships
  • Connect your team with a purpose
  • Have frequent employee recognition
  • Be more transparent and open with your team
  • Allow more autonomy or flexible working arrangements for balance
  • Check in with your team one on one

When you’re interviewing candidates for new roles, they will pick up on the company culture and vibe.

Leave Nothing To Chance

Use The Recruitment Alternative to take all of the hassle out of the recruitment process for you. Our expert team of Recruitment Consultants can find the right candidate for your business at an affordable price. Contact us today on 1300 548 546 (AU) or 0800 587 546 (NZ). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hiring Advice For SME

Being able to maximise your time and keep within an affordable budget is vital for any small to medium business when it comes to recruitment. Here is some hiring advice for your SME from The Recruitment Alternative team:

Enticing Job Descriptions

Writing enticing job descriptions is crucial to engaging with experienced and qualified candidates. Here are a few tips to consider according to Indeed:

  • Make titles as specific as possible – The more accurate your title, the more effective you will be in piquing the interest of the most qualified and interested job seekers.
  • Open with a captivating summary – Provide an overview that gets job seekers excited about the role and your SME
  • Include the essentials – Include core responsibilities, skills, day-to-day activities, and explain how the position fits into the organisation.
  • Keep descriptions concise – Job descriptions between 700 and 2,000 characters receive up to 30% more applications, according to Indeed Data.

Social Media Platforms

Social media has evolved into being a great recruitment tool. Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn allow you to share job posting with your entire network and offers the ability to apply via the platform. Even if the people you reach aren’t interested in the role, it’s likely they may know someone who is a good fit. This means they could send the role to them, tag them in the post or share it on via other methods.

Candidate Experience

It doesn’t matter how much you’re paying, or how great the projects you’re working on are, if you fail to treat candidates with dignity and respect, you’re doing your SME a disservice. You may want to consider the following:

  • Have you provided an accurate up-front job description?
  • For interviews, did you show up on time?
  • How well did you prepare for the interview process?
  • Did you introduce the candidate to co-interviewers or offer a tour of the office?
  • Was there enough time to exchange feedback with the candidate and allow questions?

Differentiate Yourself From The Competition

Don’t use the same old lines about your winning culture or generic overviews, instead discuss your value proposition. Highlight what makes you different from the competition. Ask yourself, why would someone want to work at your SME?

Are you a small business looking to recruit top talent at an affordable price? Contact The Recruitment Alternative today on 0800 587 546 or via our contact us page. We will be able to work with you to achieve your recruitment needs.

Job Seeking: Review Multiple Job Boards

To give yourself the best shot at finding your new employment opportunity, it’s important to review multiple job boards during your job-seeking efforts. Many businesses and recruitment agencies will use more than just Seek to share job vacancies.

Job Boards To Review

Here is a list of the top job boards we recommend reviewing as part of your job seeking efforts:

Tailor Your Approach

If you are applying for a position within a specific industry, try looking for industry-specific job boards to narrow your search. For example, if you work within the Environmental Industry you could try looking for environmental jobs on: https://environmentaljobs.com.au.

Or if you are in the Engineering Industry you could try: https://www.engineeringjobs.com.au.

It’s important to study the job description when applying for any job, no matter the industry. Tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly. Consider, are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths key areas vital to this role?

Personalised Technique

Consider crafting genuine thank you emails for the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. It should go to the interviewer/s and or the recruiter involved. The speed at which you send your thank you email and the overall quality will make an impact.

If you would like to keep update with our job postings and connect with our ‘Facebook page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help center’. The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Affordable Recruitment For Small Businesses

Our value proposition is that you no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates. Here at The Recruitment Alternative, we offer affordable recruitment services for small businesses. We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is great candidates and the second is low cost recruitment fees. We provide both!

How are we so affordable?

This is a question that we are asked often. “How can we provide such an effective recruitment service at such low recruitment prices?”

The answer is simple. We are able to offer a highly effective recruitment service by adopting a range of innovative reforms.  These reforms allow us to provide our clients with high levels of service at a low cost. You no longer have to pay high prices to access a great recruitment service.

Check out what we do to keep our prices down:

  1. Lots of work means we can keep our margins low.Due to our budget pricing and our very high service levels we get lots of work. Because we get lots of work, we’re able to keep our prices down.
  2. We work very hard to keep our administration, infrastructure and marketing costs down.We save thousands of dollars by aggressively eliminating unnecessary expenditures. There are no fancy offices with city views and no long client lunches for us. Much of our work comes from word of mouth!
  3. The bulk of our consultants’ pay comes from successfully placing a candidate with our clients.If we don’t place a candidate our income is severely curtailed.
  4. We’re not greedy.Conventional agencies charge, on average, 12% (and even that’s on the low side). 12% of, say, a $70K role is: $8400. That’s $8,400 for a single placement. We think that’s excessive. If you agree why not contact us for a chat?
  5. Excellent Recruitment Service at a budget price!

Simple Flat Fee Structure For Small Businesses

Our affordable pricing model is simplicity itself. We have a 3-tiered low-cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited. To view our current pricing please click here.

Three Month Replacement Guarantee

We understand that when recruiting for a small business, affordable and affective recruitment is key. As well as having peace of mind during the process.

We enjoy a fantastic reputation amongst our clients for providing them with a cast iron, no questions asked three-month replacement guarantee. It’s one of the reasons 80% of our business is repeat business! Should a candidate we place with you leave within the first 3 months (for any reason) we’ll start the whole campaign for you again for the small fee engagement fee.

We are a low-cost recruitment agency with the in-house experience to recruit in all job categories. Our budget recruitment model allows small businesses to source all your recruitment needs at a price that suits your budget for your small business. We’ve helped clients across New Zealand and Australia by identifying and recruiting the best talent every day.

To find out more about our affordable recruitment services and how we can help you and your smallbusiness, contact us today!

Looking For Affordable Recruitment?

The Recruitment Alternative is New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. Join the SME recruitment solution and save a bucket load on your next recruitment campaign. We can take over the whole recruitment campaign, leaving you free to get on with the day to day running of your company. So, are you looking for affordable recruitment without compromising on quality?

Our Value Proposition

  • You no longer have to pay high prices to source great candidates
  • We understand that all businesses essentially want two things from a recruitment agency. The first is great candidates and the second is low cost recruitment We provide both.
  • Low cost recruitment to suit your budget. Wesave our clients over 70% of conventional recruitment
  • Our clients consistently rate us over9 out of 10 for our service levels.
  • We’ve won multiple awards for our budget pricing and outstanding service levels.
  • When looking for affordable recruitment you don’t have to compromise on quality

Why Choose Us?

We can save you time, hassle and stress – We take a thorough job brief and discuss our recruitment strategy with you, so you can be at ease throughout the recruitment campaign. You’re in good hands with us!

Our proven methodologies save you money – Hiring the wrong person can cost SME thousands of dollars. Instead, use The Recruitment Alternatives proven methodologies and you’ll recruit the right person each time.

Partnership approach – We’d like to be a long-term partner in your business growth, we understand the importance of effective recruitment. Our consultants work very hard to understand your company culture to ensure we find the best possible candidate for your organisation.

We offer flexible service – You can choose the service level that’s right for your business. Whether you want The Recruitment Alternative to take over your complete end to end recruitment or just a selection of placements. Whatever you choose, you can be assured that you’re receiving the best service and advice. You campaign manager will be there every step of the way.

What Industries Do We Recruit For?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we recruit across all job categories from junior roles all the way up to senior executive levels. Here are just some of the type of roles we recruit for:

  • IT
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Call Centre and Customer Services
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Sales
  • Legal
  • Health and Fitness
  • Trades and Services
  • Science and Technology
  • And more!

Our Client Feedback

You can tell a lot about any company by what their clients say about them. We have over 220+ positive customer reviews on our website. We also have an 80% client return rate due to our high standard of customer service and low cost flat free rates.

“Thank you very much TRA and look forward to working with you again and we already are. We will be coming to TRA whenever we have recruitment needs. I hope we can keep working with our consultant as well, she is a credit to TRA and a good asset to your business. 100 out of 10!!”

Fiona – Promo Brands P/L

Those who have used our services for the first time always report a positive experience, as seen below:

“The campaign went very well and we appreciate the help of our consultant in finding the right candidate. I’ve never used a recruitment company for recruiting before – I’ve always done the hack work myself, but this certainly saved us a lot of time and made the hiring of our candidate possible during one of the busiest times we’ve known in the business.”

Steve – Apex Display

To read more, head to our ‘testimonials’ page to find out more about what our clients say about us. You won’t be disappointed!

Looking For Affordable Recruitment – What Are Our Prices?

We have a 3-tiered low cost pricing approach, dependent on the salary of the candidate being recruited, CLICK HERE to view our pricing.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide which includes Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc.  We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost pricepoint that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Have You Been Made Redundant? Employment Ideas To Get You Back On Track

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, many people found themselves in the unfortunate position of being made redundant. The employment space is quickly changing and with all these changes it can bring uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new employment opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some employment ideas and tips to get you back on track after being made redundant.

Review Your Resume

A great place to start is by reviewing your resume. Refresh and refine it with current information and tailor it to each job to apply for. Highlighting how you and your experience make you the right fit for the employment opportunity.

Planning and Routines

After being made redundant, especially if you have worked for the organisation for many years, it may seem like a daunting task to start applying for jobs. Don’t rush into it but instead, make a plan and put a routine in place. For example, you may want to choose 9:30am every day to apply for 10 jobs. It’s important not to just everything for ‘everything’ you see but research the roles and apply for those to which your skills would a match.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Interview Practice

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. However more importantly, you should take some time to practice and prepare for an interview. This includes both your written, verbal and non-verbal skills. You may want to check out our blog on ‘Over Coming Interview Nerves’ for more assistance in this area.

As a generalist employment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page , give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

New Zealand’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency

New Zealand’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency – The Recruitment Alternative should be your first stop when you’re thinking about recruitment. In need of staff and don’t have the time to put together an advertisement and create a shortlist from your online ads? The Recruitment Alternative is totally focused on working with you to cater for your recruitment needs.

The Recruitment Alternative can help you find the right staff for your business and the services. Most of all leaving you free to do what you do best ‘run your business’.

The Recruitment Alternative is New Zeland’s leading affordable employment service. And we serve the entire New Zealand area, providing most of our recruitment services with our flat-rate affordable options.

Our team of experienced Recruitment Consultants gain rave reviews from happy customers and our reputation and business is built on word of mouth and repeat customers. It’s the perfect business model – You win / We win.

Some of the roles we recruit for include:

  • Storeperson
  • Sales Executives
  • Personal trainers
  • Accountants
  • IT Help Desk workers
  • Project Mangers
  • Factory / Assembly Workers
  • Operation Managers
  • Administration Officers
  • Builders
  • Service Coordinators
  • Hospitality workers

New Zealand’s Affordable Generalist Employment Agency

The Recruitment Alternative, our affordable New Zealand recruitment services not only make sure you’re able to hire the best and the brightest for these roles. And we make sure that you’re able to do so at a price that your company can afford.

It’s the perfect business model – You win / We win.

Hiring the best individuals for your company is what will set you ahead of the competition. And no role is too small or too big for our recruitment team.  The Recruitment Alternative, New Zealand’s Generalist Employment Agency, we make sure that you’re receiving applicants that are truly talented at the job at hand, and the best from the pools currently available.

With our affordable business model the total cost of using The Recruitment Alternative can be less than it would be in-house when you consider:

  • Time needed to recruit, write ads, screen candidates & book interviews
  • And resources taken away from your key business – Your time, Administration and unwanted phone calls through reception
  • The Costs of the Job Boards and Advertisements

Hence our team handles all of that for you and can deliver you a list of talented names that you can both use to find your next great employee. We are NOT a CV screening service. Our consultants pre-screen and interview every candidate that comes through to your shortlist.

The Recruitment Alternative is genuinely the leading choice for New Zealand businesses looking to recruit for any role. If you’re interested in learning more about our affordable recruitment services, please contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Recruitment New Year’s Resolutions

Have you thought about what type of recruitment new year’s resolutions you’ll make you’re your business? As things are winding down now is the perfect time to put a plan in place, instead of waiting till you come back after a well-deserved break. It will mean one more thing off your to-do list!

Here are some resolution suggestions from The Recruitment Alternative to help you kick start your planning process:

  1. Don’t make resolutions you can’t control – Set a plan

Planning is key! Set a plan in action for future recruitment drives. Have job descriptions ready for key roles and keep your mind on growth and future possibilities. Make an effort to talk to other staff about what’s missing in the workplace. What areas can they see need improvement? Who needs support or opportunities to grow?

  1. Encourage professional growth

Just because it’s a new year and you’re looking to make some positive changes, presumably your everyday responsibilities won’t change. Your staff still have the same commitments they had last year – to their partners, kids, employer, and friends. Therefore, keep these commitments in mind when making professional development action plans, and try to keep them realistic. Instead of vowing to get a degree or a certification, start by offering a short course, professional development seminars, networking opportunities, etc. Each small step will move your employees closer toward their goals.

  1. Set a realistic timeframe

A common reason that new year’s resolutions fail is the lack of an appropriate timeframe. Not setting a target date invites procrastination, and while there may be several months left in the year, an “I’ll get to it when I have time” attitude can easily lead to unmet goals and feelings of failure. Likewise, setting a target date that’s too soon can lead to similar frustration. Choose a date that’s realistic for completing your resolution, and that will allow you to balance the extra work with your daily schedule. Once it’s set, hold yourself accountable. Ensure you’re taking the necessary steps on a regular basis to achieve your goal on the chosen date.

  1. Review Workplace Policies

Sometimes workplace policies and procedures need improving or adjusting, this could be due to any number of factors depending on the industry. To keep up with your competitors and to streamline your company processes a review at the end of the years is always beneficial. Especially if you’re going to be on-boarding new staff members. Best make changes now or have a plan in place instead of confusing new staff.

  1. Improve Work/Life Balance

Candidate market feedback tells us that all work/life balance is one of the top priorities. It can often be the deciding factor when a candidate is accepting a new position. Finding ways to improve your business work/life balance and putting some strategies in place will help you to stand out from the competition and improve productivity.

The experienced consultants at The Recruitment Alternative can help shape and staff your company. As a generalist recruitment company, we can fill roles from the trades and services through to corporate management.

Let The Recruitment Alternative help shape your future in 2020. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you save on your next recruitment campaign.