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

September 06, 2019

How to Discuss Gaps in Your Employment History


It’s the daunting question that you know the interviewer will probably ask: What were you doing during the time when you were not working? Whether you chose to prioritize something in your personal life, or your jobs came to an end and it took some time to find your next role, it is not uncommon to have some gaps in time on your resume.

August 23, 2019

Tips for Impressing During a Phone Interview


Having a phone interview is an exciting first step in the process of landing your dream job. It gives you and your potential employer the opportunity to get to know each other before meeting in person.

July 16, 2019

How to Answer the Tough Interview Questions


When preparing for an interview, rarely do you need to practice the answers to questions about your past positions, current role, and the skills you have acquired. However, every interview includes some tough questions that can catch you off guard if you don’t have a plan on how to answer them.

June 14, 2019

The Leadership Skills that All Employers are Looking For


Regardless of what role you are applying for, leadership skills are sought after across all companies and industries. Compared to technical skills, they are not as easy to quantify but demonstrating that you have these leadership skills will put you above those whom you are interviewing against and assure your potential employer that you have the ability to make a great impact on the company and community.

March 13, 2018

How to Talk About Your Weaknesses in a Job Interview


Knowing how to talk about your weaknesses in a job interview can be difficult. However, it is important to understand the motivation behind the question in order to answer it favorably.

March 06, 2018

How to Answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’


It’s hard to predict what questions and scenarios will arise in an interview. However, questions like “why did you leave your last job?” and “where do you see yourself in five years?” continue to play a part in many interviews.

February 20, 2018

How to ensure your Interview is Memorable


Your resume ticked a lot of boxes, you’ve passed the phone screen and now it’s time to be brought in for an in-person interview. Congratulations for making it this far but in the words of the Carpenters, “we’ve only just begun”.

December 12, 2017

Tips for Approaching a Panel Interview


Panel interviews are becoming increasingly popular and certainly have their advantages over their one-on-one alternative. What needs to be understood however, is that one does not approach a panel interview in the same way they might a one-on-one.

December 08, 2017

How to Successfully Conduct a Panel Interview


Panel interviews are often better alternatives to one-on-one interviews because they provide a more subjective format since each interviewer gives his or her valuations of the candidate based on the same encounter.

October 27, 2017

How to Communicate what is Motivating you to Find New Work


The question of “why did you leave your last job” or “why are you looking to leave your current job” is always asked at some point during the interview process. As recruiters, it is a question we always ask candidates as it’s a means of learning what motivates the candidate to pursue new work.