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.

May 14, 2019

How to Successfully Prepare for an Interview


After the excitement of getting an in-person interview settles, it is time to start your preparing. Depending on how far in advance you have scheduled the interview, you might not need to begin immediately, but you also don’t want to push it off until the day of.

October 19, 2018

How to Approach an Exit Interview


Regardless of whether you believe an exit interview is a waste of time or a golden opportunity to help shape the future of the company for your soon to be ex-colleagues, the below pointers should be taken into consideration.

June 08, 2018

Three Things You Should Never Ask in an Interview


Making it to the interview stage of the job application process is an achievement in and of itself. The company obviously likes your background and wants to take the time to meet you in person and get to know you better. However, the pressure is on to impress them and prove yourself as a viable candidate for the job.

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”.