Mistakes That Put Candidates Off

Attracting top talent is always the priority for any SME. However, there are some common mistakes that employers make that can put candidates off. During such a tight candidate market, it’s even more important to be mindful of these errors to avoid losing talent to the competition. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – Australia’s affordable recruitment agency:

A Lengthy Recruitment Process

One of the most off-putting things to candidates are the length of recruitment processes that drag out over several weeks. Especially with more than 2 interviews (excluding recruitment agency pre-screen). If you have a lengthy and tedious recruitment process, it might be time to make some changes. Chances are, you will miss out on candidates to someone else who moves more quickly and efficiently.

Harsh Interview Style

If a candidate feels they are more being interrogated than interviewed, you will miss out on the opportunity to find out what they are really like, as they will cage up. In addition to this, you will put them off your business and potentially create a bad reputation. Whilst you have questions you need to go through and potentially a tight schedule to stick to, it is important you set a positive tone in your interviews. Candidates will feel more comfortable being themselves. As such, you will get a better read on them and if they would be suitable for the role or not.

Lack of Communication

If you fail to maintain communication with the candidates during the hiring process, they won’t stick around for long. It is important to maintain regular communication. So candidates are not kept in the dark. This goes for when you are working with a Recruitment Agency as well. Be sure to get back to them so they can keep the candidate warm for you to avoid losing them to the competition.

Are you an SME 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.

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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.

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  • 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”.

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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!”

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Productivity Boost While Working From Home

With all the recent changes many people are now required to work from home. Those who are not used to working at home, may take some getting used to this new challenge. Especially if you don’t have a home office. Everybody is different. Some people work better in clutter while others can’t concentrate unless their workspace is tidy. There are some tips and tricks to help boost productivity and motivate you while you work at home.

Typical Day In The Office

It’s important to treat working from home as a typical day in the office. Making this mental association and doing all the things you would typically do will help maintain your focus. Be sure to set your alarm, make tea or coffee, put on nice clothes, set up a small workspace, and take regular breaks.

Structured Day

Structuring your day as you would in the physical workplace can help you stay on schedule throughout the course of the day. Also using scheduling software such as Asana or Meistertask can help you stay on task. Create a to-do list for the tasks you need to accomplish each day and check them off as you go. Make sure you start and finish on time for the day and don’t do extra work outside of those hours where possible. It can end up feeling like you’re working all the time if you don’t have set moments where you log off.

Clear Breaks

It can be easy to get distracted when working from home, however by setting clear and regular breaks will help boost your productivity. Take a walk around the block for fresh air, play with your children, sit down in another room for a cup of tea, etc.

Reduce Distractions Where Possible

Try to reduce the distractions around the home like having the TV on and other non-work related notifications during your office hours. Be realistic about your situation when measuring the amount of work, you can do while also balancing family life. When you work from home, there are high chances to receive chat and email notifications beyond your ‘official working hours.’

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, 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.

Have You Hired The Wrong Person?

You have placed an ad, rushed through interviews and made an offer because you were rushed? And you have now come to learn that you have hired the wrong person for the job. When it comes to recruiting new team members, hiring managers can be either too busy or have an urgent requirement that means they need someone to start yesterday. Both situations can lead to hiring the wrong person and cause further delays. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help next time you find yourself in this position:

1. Define The Role

Have a clear picture of what you are looking for both within a new candidate as well as the requirements of the position. Having a list to refer to can help keep you on track and provide an accurate description. This may be a great opportunity to review your previous requirements for the role. Are there any changes you can make? For example, you may have listed against a certain requirement as “must have experience in….”. It may turn out that if the candidate ticks all the other boxes you can train them in this area. Or they could have transferrable skills that would make them suitable.

2. Highlight Your Value

Candidates often look for a work-life balance and cultural feel of an organisation. We spend 8 hours a day or more at work so why not highlight your value to prospective employees. What sets you apart from the competition? What growth opportunities do you have available? You will attract top-quality talent and set the tone of your business from the get-go.

3. Interview Process

Just as much as candidates need to prepare for an interview, so do you. To avoid rushing into making the wrong decision plan the right questions, allow enough time to interview each candidate, tailor some questions to individual candidates especially if something jumps out on their resume and take some notes during the meeting to review during the decision making process.

4. Work With A Recruiter

Many organisations are so busy with daily operations finding the time to recruit is just another thing to add to the list. So why not engage the services of a recruitment agency? If you’re looking to add to your team and avoid hiring the wrong person, The Recruitment Alternative can help! We look at the whole picture to ensure they are not only technically sound but a cultural fit too. As a generalist multi-award winning recruitment agency, we offer affordable fixed price recruitment solutions. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Questions To Ask During Interview

Interviews are very much a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you, your skills and experience. It is equally important to find out if the role is a good fit for you too. Preparing questions to ask your potential employer about the position and the company, will not only provide insight but help you to stand out from the crowd by engaging with the employer and displaying interest.

Your opportunity to ask questions typically comes at the end of the interview. It would be best to have at least two or three questions prepared that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to succeed in the role, and the fact that you’ve done some research on the company or industry etc. Try to avoid closed questions which result in ‘yes or no’ answers. Open-ended questions allow you the opportunity to find out more about the employer, engage and build a rapport in a short space of time.

Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top five suggested questions to ask during an interview:

1 – Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

2 – What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

3 – What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

4 – Could you describe the company culture and dynamics?

5 – What are the next steps in the interview process?

For further tips and advice heard over to The Recruitment Alternative’s job seeker help center by clicking here. While you’re there check out the position we have listed on our jobs board. We are currently recruiting across New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Sales and IT – just to name a few! 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.

Marketing Recruitment Specialists – Auckland

In Auckland’s competitive job market, it’s not uncommon for employers to seek the services of a recruitment agency. The Recruitment Alternative are Marketing Recruitment Specialists! From Marketing Assistants to Senior Management positions, we are here to help you find the right person on your next recruitment campaign.

From Social Media positions, Digital Marketing Coordinators to Marketing Managers this ever evolving space is in high demand! As organisations try to keep up with increasing customer demands and changing marketing platforms. This means you will want to find the right person with the right skill set to benefit your company.


The Recruitment Alternative have extensive experience in marketing recruitment. Our professional consultants will find the right candidate with the correct technical skills to meet rise to the challenge. We have an excellent customer service rating to support our top-notch service. Sandra Catt, Practice Manager of Zonaras Consulting said this about her experience using The Recruitment Alternative:

“I thought that there must be a “Catch” as the fee was so reasonable. Finally, we have found a recruitment agency that we can afford. A first-class service was provided and saved me hours of work. I would definitely use The Recruitment Alternative again.”

Recruitment Excellence

The Recruitment Alternative exists to provide low cost recruitment excellence that is a budget option for employers. We fly in the face of the perception that great service costs a lot of money. We delight in how happy our clients are when they hire a great new staff member and make such great savings. The Recruitment Alternative provide services not only in Auckland, but Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. 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.


SME Recruitment is a continuing challenge to get right. The job interview remains your key tool in assessing the candidate’s cultural fit. It is also the tool you can use to get to know your candidates on a more personal basis. The interview process helps other employees get to know the candidate.  The Recruitment Alternative will only give you the best candidates to go forward for a formal interview. Preparation is the key.SME Recruitment

Want job interview tips to help you select the most qualified employees? These tips will help you assess the skills, experience, and cultural fit of your potential employees. The job interview is a powerful factor in the employee selection process in most organizations. While it may not deserve all of the attention that it receives, the interview is still a powerful force in hiring.


  1. Have your questions ready – they should be written down and relevant to the position and the competencies required  – make notes.
  1. Tell candidates that you are going to take notes as they talk so that you will have accurate information to refer to later. It is important to record actual answers to questions as opposed to evaluative or conclusive comments. You may record observations of non-verbal signals as long as they are recorded factually and not as conclusions.
  1. Ensure you use the same technique with each candidate asking the same questions and recording their responses
  1. Ask questions about real life work situations and how they would or did handle them, and what the outcome and results were
  1. You may want to ask candidates to be prepared to perform a “work sample” test – to operate relevant machinery or to answer questions on paper.
  1. Try to have a second person with you during the interview as this will allow a second opinion when you compare notes at the end of the session
  1. Do not offer a candidate the role on the spot….always say that you will get back to the agency and they will be in touch.
  1. Allow yourself adequate time

The Recruitment Alternative have additional resources to help SME’s with the Interview process. Check out our web page for “great interview questions to ask the candidates”.

The Recruitment Alternative recruitment solutions extend to every city within New Zealand. Working in major cities near you in –  Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and & Australia.

So whether you’re looking for a Junior Administrator or a Senior Accounts Manager The Recruitment Alternative can help you.

We want you to know “budget recruitment to suit your budget is our business!”

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

Recruitment SME style. Hints – To Catch a “Keeper” Part 1

Recruitment SME style in today’s candidate market can sometimes be equated to a good fishing trip out.  Some roles have a candidate shortage and the job seeker has the upper hand. However, like fishing – If you plan your campaign you can reel in a “Keeper”. Recruitment SME style

Recruitment SME style: Strategy #1 – Check out the weather or Check out the market.

When your recruiting new staff its always good to know your competition. Have a look through similar roles on Seek.

  • How much are the competition offering?
  • What perks are they giving?

Make sure you are setting yourself up for success “Are you offering the going market rate?”.

Recruitment SME style: Strategy #2 – Know what bait you need or Know your selling points.

It’s no use fishing for Marlin when you only have worms on your line. Have the right bait for the right catch.

Good candidates aren’t only after a good salary. They need the whole package.

  • How is your company’s culture enticing to new staff?
  • Do you have long-term strategies for your employees?
  • Would your team of current staff members positively promote your company to a potential employee?
  • Do some simple Facebook or LinkedIn stalking of your competition and see what they are offering?

Make sure you have a point of difference on “Why the candidate should choose you over the competition”.

Recruitment SME style: Strategy#3 – Engage The Recruitment Alternative early on.

SME’s must look at existing processes and strategies and decide whether recruiters, marketers or a newly created partnership between talent acquisition and marketing will create the best results. Today’s most successful recruiters adapt to evolving job seeker behavior.

The Recruitment Alternative offer truly affordable recruitment services with outstanding service levels. Our placement success rate is consistently over 85% and because of our service levels. 80% of our business is repeat business from happy clients.

Check out our Recruitment solutions on our web page today.  As well as saving you time and money, we minimise the risk of you hiring the wrong person. Our recruitment agency provides you with professional recruitment advice every step of the way.

Contact us now online or ring us on 0800 587 546 

Next week: The job interview

The job interview remains your key tool in assessing the candidate’s cultural fit. It is also the tool you can use to get to know your candidates on a more personal basis. The interview process helps other employees get to know the candidate. Next week we will look at interview questions and other tips to help you “Catch a Keeper”