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Why psychometric assessment beats gut instinct every time

Why psychometric assessment beats gut instinct every time
In ten years of professional recruitment I have averaged about 500 job interviews a year, or 5,000 in total. So you might think I’d be the first person to say that the gut instinct a recruiter develops is more powerful than psychometric assessment. You’d be wrong.

Despite the fact that I interview people for a living (you could call me a professional interviewer), I rarely leave a recruitment process or the acquisition of talent to my gut instinct alone.

 
 
 

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?

Diversity in the workplace: Are we all just asking the wrong question?
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” So said Henry Ford on why he used his own initiative to develop the mass produced automobile – and the same logic can be applied to the issue of gender equity across organisations today.

The reason Mr Ford didn’t ask the American people what they wanted was because he knew it was the wrong question.

 
 
 

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?
A litany of failed or off-track projects has culminated in businesses withholding key information from newly recruited IT project managers, perpetuating the revolving door mentality permeating the industry.

Today’s IT project managers are finding it incredibly difficult to manage expectations as organisations come under increased pressure to deliver huge programs of work to strict timelines.

 
 
 

Does Kids Football Have More Clarity Than Your Business?

Does Kids Football Have More Clarity Than Your Business?
You can see it every Sunday on football pitches across the country. It’s not the teams with the best individual players that consistently win.

Every Sunday I coach a kids football team. I have 14 highly excited children, kids with different personalities and different technical skills, exhausted from a week at school. In two hours, how do I bring this disparate group together into one cohesive unit that scores goals? How do I teach them team work?

Two words: common purpose.

 
 
 

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender

Why workplace diversity is so much more than gender
When you hear the phrase “workplace diversity” you might assume it’s all about gender. But diversity also spans age, ethnicity, perspectives and experience.

And it matters because, not just in accounting but across all professions, a diverse workforce delivers better business results.
 
 
 

Communication skills: the key to accounting success

Communication skills: the key to accounting success
If you think accounting is all about the numbers, you're only half right. Detailed, technical proficiency will always be a key part of the role, but those who develop strong commercial and communication skills will increase their chances of success.

Increasingly, finance professionals who use their analytical skills to tell a compelling story with numbers and influence business outcomes will be those who stand out from the pack, says Nicholas Rogers, Manager of Accounting and Finance in Brisbane for Hudson, who has been in accounting recruitment for the past eight years.
 
 
 

Do you think fast or slow when recruiting?

Do you think fast or slow when recruiting?
Your brain contains some 100 billion neurons and its blood vessels and transport systems stretch some 100,000 miles. Yet when it comes to the brain as a decision making tool, one Nobel Prize winner argues there are only two sides of the brain that matter.

Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is the author of New York Times bestseller ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, a culmination of two decades of research.

 
 
 

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit
Finding the right staff to work in an accounting and finance role takes a little more than just making sure the potential recruit has the right qualifications.

After 11 years specialising in the field, here are the top five attributes I look for in a good A&F recruit.

 
 
 

Balancing skills and cultural fit in IT recruitment

Balancing skills and cultural fit in IT recruitment
They might appear to be the perfect candidate – highly skilled on paper, interview well and both engaging and professional – but on the job and in the team, it can be a different story altogether.

Finding a balance between skills and a good cultural fit is a common dilemma across professions, and the unique skill requirements of ICT can make it even harder.

 
 
 

What is big data analytics – and what does big data talent look like?

What is big data analytics – and what does big data talent look like?

It may be the biggest buzz term in business right now, but what exactly is big data analytics? What’s more, how can organisations find the big data talent they need?

The term ‘big data’ refers to the huge amounts of structured and unstructured data now available to businesses which, through analysis, allows organisations to gain insights into their industries, enhance their performance and gain competitive advantage.

The material comes from a variety of sources from inside and outside an organisation. These are both traditional (financial records, customer interactions, product transactions) and digital (web statistics, social networks, browsing behaviour).

Together, it's a complicated set of information that is very difficult to process. For organisations, the challenge is to find the right people to acquire, analyse, interpret and translate this data – and then turn it into predictive insights that spur action and lead to business value.

 
 
 
 

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