Insights

Preparing for Panel Style Interviews

Panel style interviews are common for first interviews in the public and not for profit sectors. In a panel style interview, a group of three or more panel members will ask a candidate pre-set questions and will often ‘score’ the responses to allow them to compare candidates as part of making a selection decision.

Preparing for Skype Interviews

Consistent with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we are increasingly using Skype and other electronic media to interview and interact with candidates from across the country and around the globe. These interview mediums are increasingly utilized by both public and private sector organizations, and are frequently seen as a more effective way to establish rapport and measure a candidate’s “fit” with an organization than phone or email interviews.

Preparing for Behavioral or Experience Based Interviews

Past performance is a strong predictor of future  performance. This is why many interviews use behavioural or experience based question formats. Behavioural or experience based questions ask candidates to share examples of situations where they have demonstrated skills, competencies or capabilities critical to success.

The Rise of the Blended Workforce: Tips for High Performance Teams

The global marketplace, with its ever accelerating pace of change and thirst for innovation, demands an agile workforce. Employers need to acquire project specific, specialized skills or increase capacity periodically while still managing costs. The ‘gig economy’ is booming as a growing number of professionals and organizations embrace contract work arrangements. Conservative estimates suggest that 25% of the global workforce will soon be categorized as “contingent workers” employed through a contract or other temporary work arrangement.

How soon is too soon to talk compensation?

Interviews are an integral part of your career progression. Whether an interview appears as a promotion discussion with your current boss, an introductory chat with a new company, or a formal panel interview, the aim is to gather information to guide decision making.

Contract Employees: More than a Bandage Solution

One of the most interesting trends of recent years has been the growth of contract work in North America. Fueled by restructurings, downsizing, retirements and individuals re-entering the market after an extended stay at home, estimates suggest that up to 25 percent of the global workforce will eventually be working on a contract basis.

Manager or Leader – which one are you?

We are constantly bombarded with advice on how to be a better manager or leader. Expert opinions abound; thousands of books, articles, blogs, and TED Talks have been dedicated to management and leadership, and the terms are often used interchangeably. The job market routinely showcases management positions that require the incumbent to lead a group or department. Not surprisingly, many young aspiring leaders actively seek management roles with the belief that a title can provide the credibility they need to make an impact in the business world.

Contract Employment: A Calculated Risk worth Taking

Have you ever considered taking on a contract position, only to hesitate over how it might impact your career? The reality is many contract opportunities available today carry far more pros than cons, tipping the scales in favour of career progress.

In our experience, there are four key reasons why many professionals are increasingly opting for contract work:

A Recruiter’s Perspective on Our Immigration Challenge

Immigration has been talked about a lot lately. It has been cited as a vital ingredient to long-term prosperity in Atlantic Canada in the face of our aging population and shrinking workforce. According to theIvany Report, Nova Scotia is projected to have 100,000 fewer working age people by 2036 than we did in 2010. That’s nearly a 20% decline in our labour pool. Clearly, a successful immigration program is no longer “nice-to-have”, it’s a must.

What is Employer Brand and Why Does it Matter?

Like it or not, every company has a brand. In the traditional marketing sense, a brand is what differentiates one good, product or service from another. A name, design and reputation all shape a brand’s image and the public’s understanding of the value proposition. Similarly, employer brand is the look, feel, and reputation of an employer and it is what current and prospective employees use to evaluate whether or not your company is an attractive place to work. Often, employer brand goes hand-in-hand with consumer brand - but not always.

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