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

September 05, 2017

How to Assess a Candidate’s Soft Skills


Assessing a candidate’s soft skills in an interview, just like the conducting of the interview itself, requires that you as the hiring manager are asking open-ended questions. To get a more accurate understanding of the candidate, be sure to give them the reins and let them showcase their marketable skills.

August 22, 2017

The Best Ways to Motivate your Employees


As much as a manager wants their employees to be giving 100% of their effort 100% of the time, the reality is that motivation can waver and that will lead to a lag in productivity and thus, results. A good leader is one who knows when to dictate and when to listen. Motivating indeed requires this balance.

August 15, 2017

The Employer Benefits of Unlimited Vacation Days


The policy of unlimited vacation days is becoming increasingly popular beyond its Silicon Valley roots. There are many benefits to this approach of HR management (as well as some downfalls) on the side of the employee. However, there are also advantages to the employer as well.

August 08, 2017

The Importance of Employer Branding


Employer branding is immensely important to the recruitment of Top Talent as quality candidates are drawn to work in environments they know will nurture as well as challenge them. The influx of opinion driven consumer marketing shapes employer branding in the public sphere. Employer branding can be reclaimed by a company by concentrating efforts on developing strategies to improve their image and project their best identity.

July 18, 2017

What you as an Employer should be Seeking from the Question Portion of the Interview

Asking “Do you have any questions for me?” gives your interviewee free-rein to show their personality outside the rigidity of the interview-structure. As an employer, you will be able to gain a lot of insight into the candidate from this portion of the interview but below are some noteworthy highlights.

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.