Pre-Testing Jitters

28 June 2013

As part of our recruitment process, JP Smith Recruitment & HR offers our employers a full selection of administrative computer based tests as well as the Psychological profiling and speed and accuracy tests.

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What are the other types of roles you have been applying for? - This seemingly innocuous question can...

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Interviews can make even the most confident of applicants uncomfortable, and they often forget just how nerve racking it can be for the interviewer. Nerves can be minimised by ensuring you are prepared for your interview. A few tips on how to decrease those sweaty palms and shaking hands:

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There is so much emphasis placed on developing a well structured resume, but how many of us actually update them? Remember, a resume is the first point of contact job seekers have in selling themselves to an organisation and it is the make-or-break point in proceeding to the interviewing stage.

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The first contact between a company and their prospective employee more often than not is via a telephone call. The way you answer a call can sometimes have a lasting effect on the caller.

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We now have a FB presence. Feel free to drop by. http://www.facebook.com/pages/JP-Smith-Recruitment-and-HR/154742507909022

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Given the wide scale impact of what has just happened to our region, there is a fair chance that you, your staff, or their families and friends have been affected in some way. There are things you can do in your business to help staff to work through this.

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So you have just arrived back at work after getting over the staff Christmas party and enjoying your holidays when you begin to wonder how you can get your staff performing at the best of their abilities again.

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Gain some ideas on providing your team with a great work environment that they will enjoy getting out of bed in the morning to come to.

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There are many ways to interview a candidate. These can include one-on-one interviews, group interviews, panel interviews and interviews via Skype or phone. This article will highlight how to successfully structure a panel interview.

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A number of large organisations, particularly in the mining and power production sectors, have implemented psychological profiling to establish benchmarks to ascertain an individual’s desire to maintain a safe workplace.

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Employee engagement is a hot topic at the moment and basically, it does not revolve around the employee being happy rather, it is their involvement in stimulating and challenging work. This engagement in stimulating and challenging work is one of the key facets of retention and productivity.

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Psychometric skills for the job

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Hobbies – I like spending time with friends, going to the movies and walks on the beach.

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Reference checks are an essential factor in the recruitment process and at JP Smith we conduct a minimum of three professional reference checks before an offer is made. There is a certain etiquette that can be expected of those conducting reference checks; however you need to be aware of all information that can be sourced regarding your work history.

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As June 2011 figures show, there is a surge closer to full employment with negative growth in Australian Unemployment Rates of 4.9% and a similar trend for Queensland with a decreasing Unemployment Rate of 5.2% (www.abs.gov.au).

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There is a lot of information out there providing tips on how to impress in an interview and what to do when dealing with a potential employer. Everyone always says, “leave an impression” and “make yourself known”, but please make sure you, “leave an impression” for the right reasons.

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As recruiters, it is our role to source quality candidates for our clients. Depending on the role, this process can take anywhere from hours to weeks. Once a Shortlist of suitable candidates is found and forwarded through to our clients for their perusal, our role does not end.

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In 2009, Jamie Smith was a appointed to the committee for the 2011 Industrial and Organisational Psychologists conference held in Brisbane.

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As business owners, it is vitally important that you have a clear Social Media Policy in place for your team. Making your staff aware of the Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media within your workplace and setting clear boundaries on the use and misuse of sites makes for a smooth transition for your business into the world of Social Media.

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At the recent Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Brisbane, one of the most talked about themes was the impact of social networking within the workplace. We have all heard about disrupted productivity and decreased attention to detail but it was amazing to hear the number of positives that psychologists had noted with regards to this new phenomenon.

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It really is all the rage now – social networking. If the ‘seven degrees of separation’ paradigm seemed a bit farfetched before, it certainly isn’t now. The minute you register a new friend on Facebook or colleague on LinkedIn, you are hit with a barrage of ‘other people you might know’ from your new friend/colleague’s contact list – and chances are you know at least some of them.

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