The official blog of Abacus Group — a place to share our knowledge and thoughts on trends in recruiting

January 18, 2019

How to Know It’s the Right Company Before Accepting the Job


It’s hard to know if the company with whom you are interviewing, is the right company for you. However, it is important to do the work beforehand to see to the best of your ability if the fit will be a good one.

June 19, 2018

What Summer Fridays can do for your Business


The tradition of summer Fridays has grown with companies offering all or part of summer Fridays off. It may seem counterproductive to offer such leniency but studies have shown that employees are actually more productive given the perk.

April 13, 2017

Identify Your Workplace “Type” to Hire Compatible Employees

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In the complex process of hiring new employees, cultural compatibility can be easily overlooked or deprioritized. A deeper dive into job seekers’ personality traits and working style are often lost, resulting in hiring mistakes. Employers will see better results if they are able to classify their workplace as a type and find professionals who perform best in it.

April 07, 2017

Recruitment Agencies: Why Quality Beats Quantity

quality over quantity recruitmentIf a hiring manager wants to identify the best available candidate for an open requisition, with how many recruiters should he or she partner? Your gut might answer, “I should work with as many recruitment firms as possible to quickly receive the best available selection of candidates.” This response can be very destructive, however. We encourage hiring managers to select a primary or “go-to” agency.

March 10, 2017

Three Ways to Ace an Interview with the CEO

ace-interview-CEOProfessionalism, preparation, and curiosity are important in a job interview—no matter who you are meeting. We encourage job seekers to adjust their presentation depending on the listener. You might meet with the President/CEO of the organization and your dialogue with him or her should differ substantially from that with HR, the line manager, or someone at your own professional level.

September 23, 2016

Employer-Recruiter Partnership: Hiring for Cultural Fit

cultural-fit-hiringSkills, experience, and other requirements are what ensure a candidate’s capability to perform a job. Cultural fit—compatibility with your staff’s personalities, attitudes, values, and beliefs—is what ultimately keeps him or her committed to an organization. As employee turnover rates rise, Abacus Group maintains that a concerted effort to invest in the right individuals is the critical missing link in many businesses’ hiring processes.

August 17, 2016

The Case for Accepting a Job Interview When You’re Uncertain about the Role

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Unless you’re completely enthralled by a job opportunity, you should not accept the interview. Right or wrong? Wrong—to a point. Sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised in this situation. Here are a few examples of how interviewing when you’re uncertain can work to your advantage.

November 25, 2014

Another Way That Your Employees Can Help You Hire

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There are two sides to evaluation in the hiring process. Internal considerations about candidate competency are only half of the process. Hiring also invites your candidates to judge you by appraising the available job opportunity, one of the most important features of which is the people with whom they’ll work.

July 11, 2014

Bolster Candidate Enthusiasm for Your Workplace

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As an employer, the successful identification of the most suitable candidate – one who fulfills the skills and experience requirements, who is enthusiastic about the opportunity and who meshes with your company culture – is far from your only hiring challenge.

January 27, 2014

Listen to Your Own Employees When Hiring

A recent feature from the Wall Street Journal showcases the exceptional rigor that is Amazon’s hiring process – a collaborative system that fuses the opinions of multiple employees to approve or reject potential staff additions.  Although the e-commerce leader’s procedure is costly, time-consuming and awards no supplementary compensation to its contributing employees, dubbed “bar raisers,” the practice serves as an effective recruitment filter that promotes “consistency of the types of skill sets and perspectives that [Amazon is] looking for,” explains Dave Clark, the company’s VP of global operations.