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.

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 Seeking? Get onto LinkedIn

In this day and age, you are only damaging your job-seeking efforts if you’re not on LinkedIn. Almost every person regardless of their industry should try and set up a LinkedIn profile. Why? Because you get to speak to recruiters directly and also be tapped on the shoulder when a position becomes available matching your skills and experience.

Features to help jobseekers

On LinkedIn, you are able to turn on (in settings) that you are open to work and put a ‘badge’ on your profile picture to indicate you are open to work too. This lets recruiters and employers know you are willing to be approached about a new career opportunity. It also increases your chances of finding a suitable position in a short space of time.

Things to remember

It’s important that your profile is up to date and contains as much relevant information as possible to avoid providing the wrong details to a potential employer. Keywords throughout your profile are used to help recruiters find you, so be sure you have completed the ‘skills’ section on your profile. It is also worth mentioning that the profile picture you choose should be clear (not pixilated) and professional in appearance.

Something else to consider is building your network. Connect with recruiters, past and or current colleagues, potential future employers, etc. You are also able to follow pages to receive regular updates and job ad listings.

Recommendations and endorsements

A recommendation from those who have worked with you highlights your strengths and shows that you were a valued employee. You can obtain these by reaching out to your past managers and work colleagues to gain recommendations from them. Endorsements are also a great way to highlight specific skill sets you have. An effective way to gather up some of your own is by going through your trusted connections and endorsing them for skills. More often than not they will return the favour.

If you would like to keep updated with our job postings and connect with our ‘LinkedIn 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.

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.

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

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!

Recruitment Tips For Hiring Managers

Finding the right staff members can be challenging. Especially taking into consideration the specific needs of your department and company culture. Unfortunately, your day job doesn’t go on hold while you recruit. Given the significant costs that can come into play when a new hire goes sideways, a hiring manager needs to ensure that they are fully prepared and are not making a desperate hire. Here are some recruitment tips for hiring managers put together by The Recruitment Alternative to help you find the right fit:

What are you looking for?

Knowing what you are looking for prior to advertising and interviewing is vital. Draft an appropriate position description (PD) with clear information regarding the role requirements, job title, expectations, skills required, any qualifications specified, etc. When writing your job ad, you can take information from this PD but also be sure to highlight the benefits of working with your organisation.

The Interview Process

Being prepared for the interview process is a very important step. Have questions both skills based and behavioural written down in advance and take notes during the interview with each candidate. Know what you’re looking for and predetermine your salary budget. Interviews are a two-way street, candidates are looking at many other employers just as you are looking at other candidates. Prepare yourself to negotiate. Especially if you come across a standout candidate. You wouldn’t want to potentially miss out on a suitable applicant because you hadn’t crunched numbers beforehand.

References and Then What?

While you’re weighing up your options after the interviews, your preferred candidate may also be considering other employers. So, once you’ve made a decision and all the candidate’s references check out, extend your offer as soon as possible to avoid losing them to another opportunity. Decide beforehand how high you’re willing to go with salary. As you enter the final stages of negotiation, consider adding non-monetary perks to sweeten the deal. Work life balance is often what candidates prioritise, so consider how you can highlight this in your offer.

Feeling Busy But Need To Recruit?

As the hiring managers you may still find that you are too busy to recruit. The Recruitment Alternative can help you! With our affordable fixed pricing, we offer a low-cost recruitment solution that can save you serious money, seriously. 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.