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

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”.

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.