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November 26, 2019

My number one interview question

Working with a set of interview questions that you plan to ask each interviewee (aligned to the job requirements and objectives) gives all applicants an equal chance to shine. I find that it also helps to eliminate any unintended bias that I might have from reviewing the resume (and with stats showing that 1 in… View Article


October 21, 2019

Can you test behaviour?

Can you test behaviour? I don’t think so – a test denotes there is a right or wrong answer and this is not what behavioural assessment is all about. But what a behavioural assessment can do is provide you with an insight in to how an applicant is likely to act in the workplace, how… View Article

December 6, 2018

Executive Outlook (the very latest)

We were excited to present our annual Executive Outlook findings to a packed audience of business leaders last month, drawing on in-depth interviews with 100 business leaders.  There was such a great vibe; we hope you enjoy these highlights. 71% of business leaders are optimistic about the road ahead. Others feel more cautious, in the… View Article

November 27, 2017

Executive Outlook (Update on skills gaps, hiring trends, our edge and career tips)

We were excited to present our annual Executive Outlook findings to a packed audience of business leaders earlier this month. There was such a great vibe.. Here are some highlights. Executive Outlook is presented exclusively by the Top Office Group, to research local conditions, based on our interviews with over 75 business leaders, and hundreds… View Article


March 31, 2017

Endangered (and hot) jobs in 2017

Despite signs of a buoyant economy, studies show over 40% of our workforce face being replaced by computers in the next 5 years.  Companies are pushed on margins and lean on technology ahead of people to stay profitable. We’re all vulnerable, but none more so than young people. The silver lining is that technology will… View Article


March 31, 2017

Hiring Hot-spots in 2017

Our latest Executive Outlook survey found that skill shortages have crept back, for 40% of companies in our group. Based on our interviews with over 100 business leaders, we identified pockets of demand for: Qualified, experienced accountants, credit controllers and auditors. Experienced doctors, nurses and aged care professionals. Social workers with NDIS knowledge. Confident sales… View Article


November 25, 2014

Are you in your own way of compliance?

If you have the travel bug, I can recommend Peru for your bucket-list. The beauty and magic of Machu Picchu, and majestic snow capped mountain peaks, took my breath away. It’s just like a fairy-tale – a sacred, enchanted city of stone and terraces built by the Incans in 1430, and shrouded in mystery. The… View Article


October 7, 2014

Robots and the world of work – How far is too far?

Despite mind-blowing leaps in technology, and a collision with jobs, all roads still lead back to the hub (a go-to place for teams to meet, and administration to happen). The “new office hub” is just more flexible, with hot-desks, meeting areas and an ICT platform that can integrate a dispersed workforce with data and systems…. View Article


August 27, 2014

Putting unemployment in context

Despite encouraging confidence indicators, there wasn’t too much inspiration on the jobs front last month. It’s hard to imagine how the concept of unemployed candidates applying for 40 jobs per month could help anyone. On the upside, the broader picture for employment bodes well, following a spike in construction. NAB’s latest study showed business conditions… View Article