• 5 Questions to ask yourself before you hire

    If great companies are truly made of great people, getting mid-tier hiring right is an essential process. These may well be your future leaders, those that more than anyone will determine the success or failure of your organisation. Finding those with the highest potential and making strong decisions requires a different way of looking at talent … Continue reading 5 Questions to ask yourself before you hire

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  • leadership skillsLeading from the centre

    One of the substantial changes in executive hiring since the downturn, is the demand irrespective of function, for well centred leadership skills in all hires. Where previously extreme technical competency or specialist knowledge was often sufficient reason to appoint into senior posts, such candidates are now rejected unless they demonstrate leadership behaviours. While different organisations may place different emphasis on some aspects of leadership capability, five core competencies … Continue reading Leading from the centre

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  • Interview questionsInterview Questions To Prepare

    Tell Me About Yourself.  Have a brief chronological history prepared. Keep it to about two minutes. Highlight your virtues and make it interesting and relevant to the job. What Do You Know About Our Organisation? Make sure you have prepared properly for the interview and can discuss products, services, problems, people, and history. Avoid the website trap, … Continue reading Interview Questions To Prepare

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  • psychometric testsPsychometric Tests

    A Level Playing Pitch There are numerous different forms of psychometric assessments. They provide supplementary information which helps the employer to form an overall profile of you and to foresee how you will function within their workplace. As all psychometric assessment tools are standardised, they allow all applicants to sit the same assessment and be scored according to the same … Continue reading Psychometric Tests

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  • managing resignationsManaging Resignations

    Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes Recruiter’s see this happen all the time. A candidate accepts a counter offer and only to be back on the job market in three to six months. The working relationship deteriorates as the employer resents having to make a counter offer and the trust is never quite regained. The employee is left out … Continue reading Managing Resignations

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  • negotiating salaryNegotiating Salary

    The Last Step Make sure you leave your salary negotiation until the final process stage. Otherwise the hiring manager might not yet be convinced of your worth. However, from the outset you should ask the salary range at which the job is pitched, otherwise you risk wasting your own and the prospective employer’s time. If you are attending … Continue reading Negotiating Salary

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  • great recruiting5 Key Steps to Great Recruiting in 2017

    Welcome to a new era of recruitment 88% of professionals under the age of 34 say your commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), is a factor in their decision to accept a job with your firm. 50% will not apply to you for a job if they are unable to find evidence of CSR activity. … Continue reading 5 Key Steps to Great Recruiting in 2017

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  • Engineering talentRecruiting The Brightest Engineering Talent

    Recruitment of any professional is a balance of art and science. Smart firms and their leaders know talent acquisition is not about matching. It’s how well you understand the need, how deep beneath the surface you search, how successful you are at bringing that talent to the table and finally how capable you are at … Continue reading Recruiting The Brightest Engineering Talent

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  • Engineering leaderBeing A Great Engineering Leader

    In a recent related article on engineering careers, we quoted a HBR report highlighting that a quarter of “The Best Performing CEO’s in the World” were engineers. We outlined that “leadership” does not necessarily mean the top of a corporate organisation, leadership for engineers happens on a daily basis. Great engineering leaders combine strong communication ability … Continue reading Being A Great Engineering Leader

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  • Engineering your careerEngineering Your Career

    While many engineers regard their problem solving ability as that which best defines the importance of their role, few spend enough time on solving the core question of “how do I manage my career most effectively?”. HRM’s recent talent survey of professional engineers highlights that Reward remains a core concern for practitioners. Yet improved pay … Continue reading Engineering Your Career

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  • curiosityWhy C In C-Suite Should Stand For Curiosity

    Following a strategic review of our own organisation, we undertook a values assessment led by an external facilitator. It has had a compelling impact, aligning behaviours and providing a reference point, when we otherwise do not know which path to take in a difficult decision. Values are how we explain our culture to new hires … Continue reading Why C In C-Suite Should Stand For Curiosity

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  • HRWhy HR Matters To SME’s

    Clear and well implemented HR processes and policies create great employee engagement and optimum organisation performance. This is even more important for those in the SME community.  A Strong HR Framework Is Essential We are occasionally invited to speak to SME and Entrepreneur groups about talent acquisition and retention and are often struck by how … Continue reading Why HR Matters To SME’s

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  • negotiating emotionNegotiating Emotion

    Everything in life is a negotiation; practice and not power is what often determines the outcome. This is the theme of a workshop rolled out in our own business recently. We used roundtable learning to explore how colleagues feel about the concept of negotiation, the circumstances in which we find ourselves negotiating and to understand the different styles of conflict … Continue reading Negotiating Emotion

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  • Managing professionalsManaging Professionals: Key Tactics

    Many professionals see themselves as being at the top of the organisation structure, with managers and other functions being there to serve them. Writing in HBR almost twenty years ago, to develop on the common analogy between a conductor leading an orchestra and a business leader, Henry Mintzberg spent time observing British Conductor and Composer Bramwell Tovey taking … Continue reading Managing Professionals: Key Tactics

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  • MindfulnessMindfulness

    With its roots in Taoist and Buddhist meditation, Mindfulness is now a common organisation concept and is being practiced by many executives as a means of reducing stress and adopting a more considered approach to decision making. Mindfulness means having an “in the now” sense and awareness of thoughts, feelings, body and environment. Thoughts and … Continue reading Mindfulness

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  • HRM RecruitmentGeneration Z

    Having only begun getting to grips with Generation Y, we are now faced with welcoming Generation Z into our workplaces, those born in or after 1995. Z make Y seem like an easy ride; I am Father to two of them. While my kids are still in secondary school, we know a number at third level and this group … Continue reading Generation Z

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  • line managersWhere HR and Line Managers Just Do Not Agree

    HR is a strategic enabler of truly effective organisations but is not responsible for HR process implementation. Much in the way a CFO delivers financial strategy but Line Managers are expected to manage their own budgets. The gap between HR and Line Manager perception on where ownership for HR policy enactment sits, is now the … Continue reading Where HR and Line Managers Just Do Not Agree

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  • Interview questionsTrainee Solicitor Survey Ireland

    The last twelve months have borne witness to a sequence of positive developments regarding the Irish economy. Year on year, employment levels are rising and unemployment levels are reducing, in particular amongst legal professionals. Both GDP and GNP continue to improve while VAT and personal tax returns are generally ahead of expectations. Global ratings agency … Continue reading Trainee Solicitor Survey Ireland

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  • HRM RecruitmentHow to Retain your Best Accountants

    The cost to a firm of losing professional accountants can be up to twice their annual salary. As business sentiment enjoys a nine year high  and employment levels continue to rise, we  note firms are increasingly citing the scarcity  of good financial talent as a growing threat. Confidence in the wider Irish economy  continues to grow and demand for … Continue reading How to Retain your Best Accountants

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