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.

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.

Interview Remotely

With lockdowns in place across New Zealand, you may find yourself in the position of being interviewed remotely. That may be over the phone or Zoom (or other video chat platforms). Although other states may not be in lockdown, you may still find yourself in the position of being virtually interviewed. But, how can you successfully interview remotely? From The Recruitment Alternative, here are the top 5 things to consider:

Prevent Technical Difficulties

There is nothing worse than coming across internet connection issues. Prior to your interview, be sure to check your connection to avoid any technical difficulties or glitches. Ensure you have downloaded the required video chat software prior to your interview time and run a test. Have all other tabs closed in advance so you are not distracted during the interview and so it doesn’t affect the video chat by slowing it down.

Your Appearance

Just because it is over video chat in your home, doesn’t mean you should not dress for the job. Still dress according to the industry you are interviewing for, with your goal being to look professional. You should also consider your background. Can you see your messy kitchen counter in the background or your unmade bed? Aim to have a plain and natural background with plenty of lighting on your face as possible.

Interview Best Practise

As you would for any other interview, prepare, prepare, prepare. You should:

  • Still conduct appropriate research of the company you are interviewing with
  • Have questions prepared
  • Be body language conscious
  • Prepare your outfit in advance
  • Be ready to go 10 minutes in advance
  • If headphones are needed, use an appropriate set that has been tested so that the interviewer can hear you and you can hear them
  • Thank the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview

Body Language

When interviewing remotely your body language has never been more important. Don’t forget to smile, when listening nodded to show you can hear and understand, sit up straight and in the frame so that the interviewer can see you correctly and avoid any visual distractions as they will notice your eyes darting around and not maintaining eye contact.

Interview Remotely: Take Notes

During the interview, take notes on a note pad not on the computer you are using to interview on. It would be handy to keep a notepad next to the computer should you need it. You can use it to note down the answers to your prepared questions if needed. It would also be handy to keep your resume printed off and near you as well for reference.

So, how can you successfully interview remotely? We hope you now feel more confident to tackle your next virtual interview.

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 centre’. 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

Why You Should Recruit In December

There is no doubt that recruiting in December can be tricky due to the Christmas season. However, we’ll share some information on why you should recruit in December. So you don’t put it off until the New Year, when you can start fresh. As commencing a recruitment campaign in December has many advantages over starting in January.

Top Five Benefits

  1. Cherry-pick the best candidates ahead of the competition
  2. Induct and train candidates so they are ready to hit the ground running in the New Year
  3. As other companies wind down it means candidates will have more flexibility to take time off to attend interviews
  4. There will be less competition, as most companies believe Christmas is a quiet time for recruitment
  5. When advertising, there is a high chance that your ad will be seen by the right candidates as job seekers are usually saturated with ads and this time of year means less competition and more visibility

Leverage Your Social Media

Social media use ramps up at this time of year due to online shopping, people sharing their Christmas selfies, family/friends getting in touch with each other to coordinate social gatherings, posting pictures of beach trips, etc. Utilising your social media correctly during this period means you will have more opportunity of connecting to the right candidates. Not only that, but it’s an excellent branding opportunity as well!

Post COVID-19 Recruitment

Some states such as Victoria, have been greatly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. This has changed the recruitment scene for 2020 compared to what it looked like in 2019. With the employment landscape ever-changing, it is important to be prepared for what recruitment will look like for your organisation now. Such as flexible working hours, ability to work from home, training with new software such as Zoom, etc.

Feeling Busy But Need To Recruit?

If you are just too busy but still need to recruit in December, that is what The Recruitment Alternative is here for! With our affordable fixed pricing, we offer a low-cost recruitment solution that makes sense. Operating across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. our highly skilled consultants are ready to find the right fit for your organisation. Contact us on 0800 587 546 today to discuss how we can help save you money and time on your next recruitment campaign over this Christmas season.

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Recruitment New Zealand Wide – The Recruitment Alternative Your Affordable Employment Option.

The Recruitment Alternative are a multi-award winning recruitment agency. In addition to being low-cost, we offer high-quality recruitment solutions. Currently, we are looking for recruitment staff throughout New Zealand.

So why pay more for your recruitment? We can recruit for you at a fraction of the price conventional recruitment agencies charge.

Join the recruitment revolution and save thousands of dollars on your next recruitment campaign.

  • The Recruitment Alternative, New Zealand’s low-cost recruitment agency.
  • Recruiting in the vast majority of job categories at a fraction of existing prices.  Why pay more?
  • As well as offering genuinely low-cost pricing solutions we offer a “Three Month Replacement Guarantee”
  • You don’t pay our low-cost placement fee unless we find you an employee that you are happy with
  • Proven time and time again
  • The Recruitment Alternative has over a 90% success rate in placing great candidates with employers

All of our recruitment procedures undergo rigorous quality control procedures designed to ensure the best outcomes for all our clients.

Furthermore, our recruitment consultants are all seasoned professionals and dedicated to their work.

In addition, we have many satisfied clients who love our low-cost recruitment model. Therefore they keep on using us for all their recruitment needs. Check out our “Testimonials page”.

Our clients keep on coming back. Why don’t you try us today?

Nationwide recruitment solutions

Our recruitment of staff extends to every city within New Zealand. Working in major cities near you. So whether you’re looking for a Junior Recruitment Assistant or a Senior HR Manager The Recruitment Alternative can help you. In conclusion, we want you to know “affordable employment services to suit your budget is our business!”

Finally,  Click here to contact us now or call 0800 587 546 for a quick response!

Business Development Jobs in Wellington

Are you looking for Business Development jobs in Wellington? If you are in the middle of a job search you will know that there are a lot of companies looking for business development managers or sales representatives. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

How to stand out from the crowd in BDM?

Having an outstanding resume is the best possible reflection you can offer a recruiter. It’s so important for you as a candidate to make your resume stand out. Be sure to include

  • A strong opening statement or summary – What makes you unique? What can you offer an organization that someone else can’t?
  • List your key achievements – Perhaps you successfully handled all administrative functions when a new company was starting up. Noting this will make an impression far better than just a basic work history. If you have done something impressive why not show it off?
  • Add ‘key words’ – Many Recruitment Consultants and companies scan resumes for specific words and phrases. Try to use some of the language that is in the job ad, as long as it accurately reflects your background. For example, if a Recruitment Consultant or employer is looking for someone who can generate leads and cold call prospective customers be sure to note this in your resume if you have the experience.
  • Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program such as Salesforce gives you an edge on your resume. The more skills you have to offer the more appealing your application will be

As a job seeker, you can’t afford to ignore the digital extension of your professional self. Prospective employers, recruiters and companies will most often than not search for you online. If you have a LinkedIn profile, it’s very likely to be the first result they find. If you have an account take some time to freshen it up, if you don’t have one we strongly recommend you set on up! To optimize your profile be sure to:

  • Add a current, clear and professional profile picture
  • Write a ‘grabby’ headline that sums up your skills, experience, highlight specialisations and what you can offer. Here is your chance to publicly share how you’re different!
  • List any links to things you may have worked on previously as examples of your work. Update your employment history to focus on your achievements and projects that you have worked on.
  • Add professional skills and have others endorse you (that can confirm your skills) and this will boost your profile.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more!

There are so many things to prepare for its easy to get overwhelmed. Remember to keep in mind the following:

  • Look the part – personal presentation is very important. If you’re attending a job interview for a Business Development position you wouldn’t dress as if you’re going to the gym or for a night out. This may seem obvious but you would be surprised!
  • Research the company – know who you are applying to so that you can tailor your resume and be a step ahead if you are invited for an interview
  • Stay organised – if you are in the process of job seeking you will of course be applying for more than one position. By keeping a note of who you have applied with will help you when you receive a call to discuss your application. You can also prepare answers for interview questions and relaxing techniques for nerves during interviews

What industries do we recruit for?

As a generalist recruitment 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 so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Melbourne.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand wide. So not only in Wellington but also in Auckland, Hamilton, 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.

Auckland’s Affordable Recruitment Solution

The RecruitmentAlternative is Auckland’s affordable recruitment agency. We recruit across all job categories at a fraction of existing prices. But why chose The Recruitment Alternative in Auckland? Here are just some reasons why you will enjoy working with us on your next recruitment campaign:

Outstanding Customer Service

Here at The Recruitment Alternative, we pride ourselves on our customer service. In fact, we conduct frequent quality control checks to ensure our levels are top notch! Our clients score us on average a 9 out of 10. Here is what Joe from Entegra had to say about our services:

“We were blown away at how good our consultant was. The best experience we have ever had with a recruitment company. We have more needs coming up and will be wanting to use you every time.”

Proven Methodologies

Recruiting staff can be incredibly time-consuming and stressful. It’s not uncommon for business owners to spend hours of manpower recruiting for one role. It is far more cost-effective to get us to do the groundwork for you. And you’ll save yourself a load of stress too! Hiring the wrong person can cost thousands of dollars and waste time. Let’s work together to help you save and we’ll recruit the right person for you.

Our partnership approach allows us to get to know the culture of your organisation. We will work closely with you to build a relationship of integrity, trust, and commitment. We offer flexible service levels that you can choose from to suit your business. Whatever you choose, you can be assured you are receiving the best service and best advice.

Affordable Solution

Many agencies will tell you what you want to hear and charge you through the nose. The Recruitment Alternative of Auckland is different! We offer affordable, honest recruitment solutions tailored to your needs. You no longer have to pay high recruitment fees to find a great candidate! We consistently source great candidates for its clients at budget prices.

Check out our low-cost recruitment fees:

  • AU$2495 plus GST for roles with remuneration under AU$100K
  • AU$2950 plus GST for roles between AU$100K and AU$150K (AU$150k inclusive)
  • AU$3850 plus GST for roles over AU$150k

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate New Zealand and Australia wide. We service Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, 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.

How To Make A Successful Career Change

Seek reports that in Australia, 57% of people have made a career change before and 19% have done so in the last twelve months. If you have been thinking its time for a career change, here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative:

Take A Step Back

A good place to start is by taking a step back and having an honest self-assessment. A career change can mean significant life changes, not just work changes. What do you want from your career? Are you prepared to do to reach your end goal? What makes if unhappy about your current job? By evaluating your situation and asking yourself these easy questions you can help set up you for success.

BrainStorm

If you are feeling uncertain, a good way to get all your ideas out is to ‘brainstorm’ your career change. Write down your ideas, research alternatives, start networking and even seek the advice from a career counselor.

Up-skill

By seeking a career change you may be required to possess specific experience. Be sure to research your options and investigate your educational opportunities. By networking as suggested in the above point, you can also speak to those directly in the field you are seeking to enter. They will be able to provide you with real-life advice and experience to help you on your journey.

A New Job In The Same Industry?

Considering an alternative role within the industry you are experienced in, could be the change you needed. Have a chat with your employer and see what options could be available for you to grow with the company.

When you’re ready to start applying for jobs in your new industry, be sure to write a cover letter that reflects your aspirations, as well a resume that is refocused based on your new goals. Check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey.

How To Win The Recruitment Race

There is no doubt that it is a competitive recruitment market at the moment. So how can you be ahead of the competition and find a winning candidate that will give you the best return? Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you take off your ‘blinkers’ and find your ‘front-runner’:

Act Quickly

With candidates having many positions to choose from, how fast you act can often be a key factor in securing the right candidate before they’re snapped up. If your interview process is excessively lengthy, you’re not willing to negotiate and take too long to make a decision your ability to secure top talent may diminish significantly.

If you lack the time and manpower to run a recruitment campaign to its highest standard then you need to outsource this task. The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low-cost recruitment excellence. We fly in the face of the perception that great service costs a lot of money. Contact us to find out more.

Interview Process

Once you have decided on a shortlist of candidates you would like to interview, along with acting quickly you will need to prepare the right interview questions and communicate clearly. You may want to include questions that are tailored to each candidate’s resume. Here are some suggestions you can adapt to suit each candidate:

  • Open-ended that require more than a ‘yes or no’ answer
  • Behavioral and or hypothetical questions that candidates can relate to. This often will reveal how candidates would respond in real situations the job role will present
  • Check facts – some close-ended questions may be required to confirm information noted on the candidates resume such as dates, length of time etc.

Be Thorough

Don’t be too quick to rush a decision, you still need to consider all criteria to avoid selecting the wrong candidate. Ensure reference checks are completed on your choice applicant as this will form part of your final decision. Especially if you have two candidates who are heading for a ‘photo finish’. Take notes during the interview process so that you can highlight any key points. Take time to picture your top applicant in the role and how they would fit culturally.

We delight in how happy our clients are when they hire a great new staff member and make such great savings. We provide services across New Zealand. As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer 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.

Tips for recruiting in a candidate driven market

There are always ebbs and flows in the labour market. As an employer, there are times when there are no shortage of candidates to choose from to fill a vacancy. There are, however, times when there are more jobs than candidates. During these times, candidates are in a solid position to seek an increase in salary as well as negotiate other benefits, which often sees them taking a job with one of your competitors.

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to assist you when recruiting in a candidate driven market.

MOVE QUICKLY

With candidates having an abundance of jobs to choose from, they are often interviewing for more than one role at a time. If you interview a candidate and deem them suitable for the role you are looking to fill, it’s advisable to move quickly. Decide whether you would like to offer them the position or continue with the recruitment process. Candidates are often offered a role upon the conclusion of an interview. You do not want to risk losing them to the competition because you have been too busy to get back to them.

BE FLEXIBLE

When there are more roles available than people looking for work, you may need to consider being flexible with your offerings. Be prepared to possibly increase the salary on offer. If a candidate is interviewing for a number of positions, employers may offer an increased salary and benefits to secure them. You may also need to be flexible with the years of experience or education levels of the candidates.

USE A RECRUITMENT AGENCY

Take the stress out of finding talent for your business and engage in the services of a Recruitment Agency. It’s important to note that while a Recruitment Consultant will do all the groundwork in sourcing potential candidates, you will still need to be flexible and move quickly in order to secure the best person for the role and for your organization.

The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low cost recruitment excellence that is a budget option for employers. The Recruitment Alternative provide services across Australia and New Zealand. As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer 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 1300 548 546.