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

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.

May 03, 2017

It’s Time to Stop Blocking the Path to Your Dream Job


When your job search lasts longer than projected, it’s easy to blame external forces. There are several ways that professionals inadvertently sabotage themselves from securing new opportunities. An unwillingness to budge in four areas—compensation, company name, title, and interview process—prevents job seekers from finding positions that fit their goals.

March 30, 2017

The Character Sketch of Everyone You Hire Must Include These Three Traits

character-sketch-traits-every-hire.pngCertain character traits are highly desirable in every job applicant. They need to be part of the profile of a hire at any level, with any company, and in any industry. Our recruiters meet hundreds of candidates each week, which has enabled their identification of the most important personal qualities of a job seeker. You’ll increase the likelihood of hiring someone exceptional by screening for qualities like these.

March 17, 2017

The Recruiter You Don’t Want to Work With

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Every executive recruiter is different. Some recruiters meet their candidates face-to-face, but others limit communication to phone or email. The latter poses a danger to your hiring process. There are risks associated with a recruiter who does not meet his or her candidates in person.

January 06, 2017

Face the Truth on These Popular Job Search Lies

face-the-truth-job-search-liesWe always encourage our permanent job seekers to take advantage of the luxury of time in their quests for new opportunities. Employed professionals—unlike those who not currently working—face significantly less pressure to secure a job right away. However, taking too much time or being too lenient with your search will ultimately backfire. Job seekers have a tendency to comfort themselves with convenient lies to delay making a change.

December 02, 2016

One Chance to Make a Phenomenal First Impression: Use It Wisely

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First impressions are critical moments; whether you’re meeting with a recruiter, interviewing with a potential employer, networking with professionals at an industry-related event, or starting a new job, just a few moments will define others’ preliminary opinions of you. In general, to make a “great” first impression is to convey oneself as motivated, intelligent, amicable, confident, and authentic.

October 27, 2016

13 Spooky Hiring Habits that Scare Away Applicants

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The cultivation of high-caliber employees in a market that favors job seekers is a hot topic. Perhaps you are struggling to locate the best individuals for your open roles. Let’s talk about what not to do when hiring staff. Disorganized, unfriendly, or abrasive processes scare candidates away—and, no, Halloween does not make them more acceptable.

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.

May 11, 2016

Win Together: How to Work with a Recruiter to Hire Accounting Staff

win-togetherExecutive search firms like Abacus Group skillfully officiate the hiring process for businesses across all industries. Director of Accounting & Finance Recruitment Robert Pickus, who has worked with both employers and job seekers during his 15 years at Abacus, shares four best practices for clients of recruitment firms who are motivated to make the best possible hires to win together.

March 20, 2015

Customizing Interview Format to Meet Your Hiring Needs

Job-Interview-CustomizationFollowing continuous advancements in technology and the rise of post-recession startup culture, we’ve definitely noticed a decline in traditional job interviews. Yet research from Jobvite, a recruitment software provider shows that the standard face-to-face interview remains the frontrunner among interview formats, with 61 percent of job seekers reporting such an experience. But is this really the best form of candidate assessment for your company’s needs?