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You had me at hello: making a good first impression at a job interview

You had me at hello: making a good first impression at a job interview
They say that first impressions are lasting, and nowhere is this more relevant than in the interview room. Richard Branson says he tends to make up his mind about people within 30 seconds of meeting them.

While interviewers use many methods to assess candidates, it pays to make an effort to impress from the moment you walk in the door. Here are some tips to help you work your magic from the first hello.

 
 
 

Is It Time for a Career Change?

Is It Time for a Career Change?
Are you feeling bored, burnt out or just indifferent to the job you’re currently in? A complete career change may well be the answer to your work blues.

In my line of work, people often ask me whether it’s possible to make a career change. The answer, of course, is yes – but the key is knowing where to start and how to get there – smartly.

 
 
 

Do You Have an Unconscious Bias in Your Recruitment?

Do You Have an Unconscious Bias in Your Recruitment?
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 the New York Times bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, a culmination of two decades of research. His 2011 book defines two areas of the brain..

 
 
 

The 7 best questions to ask at an interview

The 7 best questions to ask at an interview
Interviews are a two-way street. To really impress an interviewer, you need to come prepared to have an intelligent conversation – and that means coming with well thought-out questions to ensure it’s not just one-way traffic.

Asking questions in your interview will not only give you a better insight into the job you’re applying for, but will show your interviewer that you’ve done your homework and have the curiosity and initiative to seek more information.

 
 
 

Body language: what is your body really saying in an interview

Body language: what is your body really saying in an interview
Has anyone ever told you to “smile, it’s not that bad” when you thought you were looking perfectly pleasant? Maybe you have a nervous twitch or tic that you don’t even know about?

When it comes to job interviews, you need to be aware of just what your body language is saying – because it could affect your chances of getting the job.

 
 
 

How to prepare for a video job interview

How to prepare for a video job interview
If you’re one of those people who hates being in front of a camera, you better start getting comfortable – because the use of video interviews is on the rise in recruiting.

A 2013 survey conducted by HRTechBlog showed that more than one third of responding organisations had used video interviewing.

 
 
 

Want to attract the best talent in 2015? Here’s what you need to do

Want to attract the best talent in 2015? Here’s what you need to do
They’re wired, they’re connected and they’re open to new opportunities.

That’s a snapshot of Kiwi professionals in 2015. And if you want to connect with the best – as many NZ businesses are attempting to do this year, increasing headcount in a tightening talent market – you need to know where to find them, and what they’re looking for.

 
 
 

Move over extraverts: why introverts are more powerful than you think

Move over extraverts: why introverts are more powerful than you think
This year sees some landmark anniversaries. Bill Gates, frequently cited as the wealthiest person alive, turns 60, J.K. Rowling, whose fortune is valued at £560 million, turns 50, and we recognise the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln.

While there can be little doubt as to the inordinate successes of these individuals, each also shares a characteristic which we don’t commonly associate with prominence and power – introversion.

 
 
 

Tight budget? Hire smarter

Tight budget? Hire smarter
Making a good hire is a balancing act. Organisations face continuing pressure to tighten budgets and rein in salaries, so hiring managers are faced with the problem of how to attract valuable talent in the market when they can’t always compete on price.

Yet it’s not always about the salary. By considering other areas of the big picture, from a compelling Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to understanding candidate motivations, there are other ways to attract and hire great talent.

 
 
 

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