Perth: Interview Tips To Win The Job

From The Recruitment Alternative. Australia’s Affordable Recruitment Agency.

Are you in the process of job-seeking in Perth? If so, you would have noticed that is a lot of companies looking for Business Development Managers, Receptionists, Research and Development Leaders, Accountants, Warehouse Workers, etc. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

Here are some Interview Tips from The Recruitment Alternative to be prepared for the competitive recruitment market:

Body Language

Communication experts tell us that only about 10% of our communication is represented by what we say. Another 30% is represented by our sounds and 60% by our body language!

Obviously, what you say at an interview will go a long way to securing you the job. However, how you say things also plays an extremely important role. In fact, some experts strongly contend that how you say things is more important. During your interview, be sure to:

  • Maintain a confident posture by sitting up straight and keep your hands relaxed in front of you (crossed arms projects being closed off)
  • Use natural hand gestures while speaking – when resting, face your palms up as it projects honesty and engagement
  • Nod your head while listening and maintain eye contact
  • Avoid fidgeting as it conveys nervousness and can seem unprofessional

Prepare Answers

Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance.

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers want to know the following key things about you:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these three questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions.

Demonstrate Your Research

Adding to being prepared to answer any question, in your preparation you should also research the company. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. The rule of thumb is the higher the position you’re going for the more you should know about the company and the industry. Any questions you can ask about the company during the interview is also helpful and shows you are taking an interest in a potential future employer.

Things To Avoid

Important things to avoid during an interview are:

  • Arguing – avoid arguing even if you know you are right, you may want to demonstrate your knowledge by arguing your point. It only demonstrates that you are predisposed to arguing and can look unprofessional depending on the circumstances
  • Being negative about yourself – don’t put yourself down during interviews or downplay your abilities. Interviews are about selling yourself and highlighting your strengths and how you would be an asset to the business.
  • Don’t interrupt the interviewer or talk over them – we often hear that interviewers get frustrated when they are confronted with a talkative interviewee who interrupts or ‘waffles on’
  • Being fake – in an attempt to demonstrate being cheerful or have a pleasant disposition interviewee can amplify certain traits such as smiling excessively, laughing too much, nodding too much, etc.
  • Unprepared questions – some questions may come up organically during the course of the interview. At the end of the interview, you will often be asked if you have any questions, try to have some prepared in advance from your research of the company to avoid asking potentially embarrassing questions or asking too many questions

After The Interview

Highly successful job candidates are alert to the fact that an interview often does not finish when you walk out of the interview room. One of the things these candidates do is adhere to simple but important post-interview actions that often yield great results, such as:

  • Following up at least three days after the interview – you can thank them for their time, reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and open the line for communication should they require any further information
  • Contact references and let them know to expect a call – tell them about the job you have applied for, the company who will be calling, etc.

We wish you the best of luck for your next interview!

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Perth.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia and New Zealand wide. So not only in Perth, but also Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

Business Development Jobs in Brisbane

Are you looking for Business Developmentjobs in Brisbane? If you are in the middle of a job search you will know that there are a lot of companies looking for business development managers or sales representatives. That’s really good news! However, it does also mean that a lot of candidates will be applying for the same jobs, which means competition.

How to stand out from the crowd in BDM?

Having an outstanding resume is the best possible reflection you can offer a recruiter. It’s so important for you as a candidate to make your resume stand out. Be sure to include

  • A strong opening statement or summary – What makes you unique? What can you offer an organization that someone else can’t?
  • List your key achievements – Perhaps you successfully handled all administrative functions when a new company was starting up. Noting this will make an impression far better than just a basic work history. If you have done something impressive why not show it off?
  • Add ‘key words’ – Many Recruitment Consultants and companies scan resumes for specific words and phrases. Try to use some of the language that is in the job ad, as long as it accurately reflects your background. For example, if a Recruitment Consultant or employer is looking for someone who can generate leads and cold call prospective customers be sure to note this in your resume if you have the experience.
  • Note down any program proficiencies – by listing you have previous experience with a program such as Salesforce gives you an edge on your resume. The more skills you have to offer the more appealing your application will be

As a job seeker, you can’t afford to ignore the digital extension of your professional self. Prospective employers, recruiters and companies will most often than not search for you online. If you have a LinkedIn profile, it’s very likely to be the first result they find. If you have an account take some time to freshen it up, if you don’t have one we strongly recommend you set on up! To optimize your profile be sure to:

  • Add a current, clear and professional profile picture
  • Write a ‘grabby’ headline that sums up your skills, experience, highlight specialisations and what you can offer. Here is your chance to publicly share how you’re different!
  • List any links to things you may have worked on previously as examples of your work. Update your employment history to focus on your achievements and projects that you have worked on.
  • Add professional skills and have others endorse you (that can confirm your skills) and this will boost your profile.

Prepare, prepare and prepare some more!

There are so many things to prepare for its easy to get overwhelmed. Remember to keep in mind the following:

  • Look the part – personal presentation is very important. If you’re attending a job interview for a Business Development position you wouldn’t dress as if you’re going to the gym or for a night out. This may seem obvious but you would be surprised!
  • Research the company – know who you are applying to so that you can tailor your resume and be a step ahead if you are invited for an interview
  • Stay organised – if you are in the process of job seeking you will of course be applying for more than one position. By keeping a note of who you have applied with will help you when you receive a call to discuss your application. You can also prepare answers for interview questions and relaxing techniques for nerves during interviews

What industries do we recruit for?

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page so head over and give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available in Melbourne.

Another great thing about The Recruitment Alternative is that we operate Australia wide. So not only in Brisbanebut Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

So you want to be a Recruitment Consultant?

Have you ever thought about a career as a Recruitment Consultant but don’t have a background in recruitment? Ever wondered how you might be able to break into the industry without previous experience?   The Recruitment Alternative believe the following skills and attributes are key to success in the Recruitment Consultant role:

Relationship Building:

Whether it’s with clients or candidates, your ability to build trust, confidence and rapport is vital. Clients need to know they can rely on you to thoroughly understand their needs and take the stress away from them in regards to filling their vacancy. It’s important to build relationships with candidates in order to maximize your opportunity of successfully placing them in a role.


In recruitment, no two days are the same and things don’t always go according to plan. A client may suddenly decide they no longer have the workflow to recruit for the position you were working on, or candidates may withdraw their acceptance of a role you just placed them in.  Whatever the situation, your ability to work through the day-to-day challenges and anticipate what’s ahead will stand you in good stead.


Trusting yourself and your inner knowing regarding whether a candidate is suitable for a role and being able to intuit a client’s needs outside of the information they initially provide you is crucial. You will need to read between the lines, ask clarifying questions and know how to draw out the information you are seeking from both candidates and clients.

Communication Skills:

Strong communication skills both verbal and written and your ability to communicate on a professional level is paramount. Communication is key as your days will consist of telephone and email conversations, preparing documentation, correspondence and administrative tasks.  This ties in with relationship building and the way you communicate with your clients and candidates, will determine the strength of your professional relationships.

The Recruitment Alternative has an amazing opportunity to join our team. If you’ve considered becoming a Recruitment Consultant, why not join an organization that offers flexibility, amazing training, ongoing mentoring and a supportive team culture.

Click on the following link to apply now:

Tips on How to Be Found Easily on LinkedIn!

Social MediaRecruitment Consultants often search the LinkedIn database for candidates that have specific qualifications and/or key words in their LinkedIn Profile.

After searching these recruiters are given “search results” that include a Profile view for each candidate and as a job seeker, you ideally want to consistently show up in search results for candidates with your set of qualifications, and rank higher than other candidates. This is frequently called LinkedIn SEO, or improving your LinkedIn search ranking.

And, you want to stand out from the other candidates and be incredibly interesting to recruiters so that they click on your Profile snapshot to learn more about you and, eventually, to get to your full Profile information.

How does LinkedIn “sourcing” work? How do recruiters search the database?

To understand the LinkedIn sourcing, search results concept; think about how you search online job boards for job postings. You go to a website Seek, Indeed, etc.), you enter your keywords, you might also click on an industry or job function from a drop down box, and you then get presented with job listings.

Do you click on all of them? Probably not. Instead, you only click on those that catch your eye and are most relevant. You would probably pay more attention to the listings on the first few pages, and may not even consider the ones on pages 3, 4, 5, etc.


Recruiters search the LinkedIn database in a few different ways.

For example, some of them use the free, “Advanced People Search” function available to all LinkedIn members. Some search members and activities within specific LinkedIn Groups.

Others use LinkedIn’s paid service and this provides much better search functionality. And you can also find candidates in LinkedIn using a Google site search of LinkedIn.

Additionally, similar to the way job seekers sign up for “job alerts” to get notified via email whenever a new job gets posted that meets a certain set of criteria, recruiters can also sign up for candidate alerts to proactively notify them of new candidates who fit their requirements.

How can you optimize your LinkedIn Profile to fit in with this?

There are lots of things you can do to optimize your Profile. You want to help ensure that you show up in the appropriate search results, show up higher than other candidates (LinkedIn SEO), and you want to stand out among the search results.

You want recruitment consultants to see your Profile snapshot and think, “Wow, there’s the perfect candidate,” and then click to view your full Profile information.

Consider these tips:

  • Your Profile should be 100% “complete” (a.k.a. “All Star”) per LinkedIn standards.
  • Include a detailed work history, with clear job titles and well-written job descriptions that describe both your responsibilities and your key accomplishments. Most people stop at dates and job titles, wasting this opportunity to promote their experience and to add important keywords to their Profiles.
  • Within your Profile, include the keywords that tie to your preferred industry and profession. These keywords could be inserted in different areas within your Profile such as your job descriptions, Profile summary, headline and even your website descriptions. One of the best methods to find these keywords is to review recent job descriptions for the roles you are targeting and see what keywords are repeated over and over again.

    Most experts believe that users with more connections and more recommendations show up higher in the search results and it makes sense.  It’s also possible that Recruiters may only want to view candidates that have a minimum number of either one.

  • You’ve probably heard the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Very good advice! Do you have a professional, flattering Profile photo that looks like you already have the role you’re seeking? or do you need a photo makeover? This is an area where we recommend that you seek the feedback of a professional or objective source that will be honest about your online image. Don’t leave anything up to chance!
  • Does your headline effectively market your skills and abilities or is it, blah? Are you an “IT Professional” or a “Global VP of Technology | Technology Enthusiast | IT Guru ” Just a few additional words can make the headline, much more powerful.
  • In the job search, you need to market yourself like a company would market a product or service. Think of how many million dollars are spent each year to develop exciting taglines for products. Your LinkedIn headline is like your personal tagline.
  • Avoid using slashes between critical keywords, for example, “sales/marketing.” We know that the LinkedIn search technology does not always recognize the two words separately. Instead, use a comma with a space or, one of the nifty vertical slashes with spaces, like “sales | marketing.”
  • Don’t put a fake job in the “current job” section. We have seen a number of job seekers who put something like “Next Growth Oriented Company” or “My Next Job” as their most current company. This may negatively impact whether you come up in search results, and does not make a good first impression on the recruiters who do find you.

And Finally…

By following these tips, you increase the likelihood that you will show up positively in the search results, when recruiters are sourcing candidates that match your set of qualifications, education and experiences. I also recommend that job seekers learn more about the LinkedIn Recruiter software and how it’s used. Knowledge is power!


How To Handle “Meet The Team” Interviews!


“Meet The Team”

In this day and age it often gets to the point in the interview process when you have had a great meeting with the Hiring Manager and are invited to a “meet the team”-style interview where you will get exposure to the people you’ll be working with if you decide to join the company.

These sorts of interviews are normally and hopefully much more informal than previous ones and they definitely give you the chance to get a good feel for the culture of the business, as well as allowing your future co-workers to see if you are likely to be a good fit.

They can often be quite interesting meetings, so that is why We have come up with some tips on how to blow them away when faced with the difficult “meet the team” interview.

Don’t Be Lured Into A False Sense Of Security

It does depend on the type and style of the interview, you might find yourself in a situation where you feel like you are just chatting with some nice friendly people – but beware!

While they may seem trustworthy and very happy to be mates, this could be an act to find out more information from you and for them to discover what you would really be like to work with.

Our number one tip would be to be friendly, but a little bit cautious. You definitely want to connect with these people, but you also don’t want to muck it up in the final stages.

Be Yourself – But Not Too Much!

Following on from the last point, whilst this interview is an opportunity to show off your personality and show them the “real you”, you have to keep your guard up and show the best possible version of yourself.

You will probably feel relaxed and sense that you can share things with your new prospective co-workers – but they really don’t need to know about those all night dance parties that you go to at the weekend or indeed that you got fired from one of your jobs for always being late!

Be mindful and ensure you still treat this as a professional interview and stop yourself from telling them anything you wouldn’t want your boss to find out.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Occasionally, these sort of interviews will take place in a bar or restaurant to take the more formal edge off the situation.

However, this is scary ground as a lot of your potential colleagues will be taking this as an opportunity to indulge in a drink or two – so do you drink or stay sober?

Well, it’s really up to you, but definitely don’t have more than one drink. Do you really want your co-workers’ first impression of you to be drunk you? Didn’t think so!

Show An Interest In Your Potential Co-Workers

Even though this situation is all about getting to know you as a person, it’s also a fantastic chance for you to ask some questions about the people you may be working with.

People really love it when someone takes an interest in them, and it shows that you have a real interest and enthusiasm for working with them and at the business.

Now, we are not talking about questions like “What star sign are you?” or “Are you single?”, but asking them how long they have worked for the company, why they like it so much and what the culture is really like – questions like this are perfectly fine.

Good Luck!!

Why Training Is An Important Part Of Your Career Path

Training - Career ProgressionMaybe you are just beginning your career path or you are looking at making your next move up the ladder, whichever pathway you are on studying can be a great way for you to enhance your chances of securing your dream job.

Michael Spiropoulos shares his tips on how training or studying can give your skills and qualifications a boost.

Whilst a huge amount of hard work and passion will help your career progression, improving your skills and knowledge is also fundamentally important to help you to move forward in your working life. Studying for an extra academic or professional qualification is a great way of doing this and putting in some extra work towards your career development can bring some huge rewards.

What are the benefits?


You get to stay competitive in the in the job market

The job market is a massively competitive place, and with two thirds of jobseekers telling us they currently hold or are studying for a professional qualification, it is actually more important than ever to ensure that you are on an even playing field with other jobseekers.

You get to perform your current job more effectively

As well as aiding you in securing your next role, professional qualifications can assist you be more efficient in your current job. The right qualifications not only help to set you apart from your counterparts, but will also help you continue your personal development; an essential part of career progression.

You can apply for specific roles

For certain roles, it might be a minimum requirement to have gained a professional or academic qualification. If you’re looking to move on to a more senior position, a combination of the right attitude and relevant qualifications will help you stand out from the crowd.

You can change direction

If you feel that you’ve done all that you can in your current job, professional qualifications can help facilitate a change of career direction and allows you to build the foundations in your chosen field. You can then apply these to your Resume, making you more valuable to prospective employers.

Where do I start?

If you’re looking to enhance your career progression with training, there are a wide variety of different courses for different learning types available.

As well as enhancing your CV, gaining qualifications can be invaluable for your personal development in a number of ways from improving your time management and organisational skills, to improving interpersonal or people management skills.

Career progression is about more than just waiting for your next opportunity to arrive. Studying for qualifications in an area you’re passionate can help take you to the next step in your career.

To help resolve this please click on the box at the top of this page and navigate your way to enhancing your career – good luck!!


Finding a Job as a Payroll Manager

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Finding a Job as a Payroll Manager

Looking at your options and want to work as a payroll manager?

As Payroll Manager it is your job to manage the payroll department within an organisation. If you’re good with numbers and would like a position with lots of responsibility, this job could be the ideal position for you.

You definitely need to possess the management skills to lead, motivate and develop a team of people. You also need to handle pressure really well as you will most certainly be working to tight deadlines in this position.

To get into this job you would usually need experience in payroll. Employers are likely to be more interested in your skills, track record and industry knowledge than your formal qualifications.

Your Working Day

As a payroll manager, you run a payroll department or team responsible for paying wages correctly and on time. If you work within a payroll bureau that provides payroll services for a number of different clients, you could manage a number of teams.

Your management responsibilities would involve:

  • Supervising and training the payroll team
  • Creating payroll policies and procedures
  • Advising on tax and pay laws
  • Managing computer software and systems
  • Analysing and reporting on financial data
  • Checking and auditing payroll to make sure regulations are met.

You could also be in charge of a company benefit scheme, making sure that benefits like medical care, pensions or bonuses are managed properly. Working with the human resources department, you could also conduct equal pay reviews or get involved in staff recruitment.

In smaller teams or companies, you might also carry out general payroll administration duties together with your team, including:

  • Calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer
  • Deducting tax and national insurance payments
  • Processing holiday, sick and maternity pay and expenses
  • Calculating overtime, shift payments and pay increases.

Working hours and conditions

In a full-time job you would usually work, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Part-time and temporary work are both widely available.

You would normally be based in an office and you could spend most of your time working at a computer.

Entry requirements

You usually need up to five years’ experience in payroll before progressing into management.

For jobs at management level, employers are likely to be more interested in your skills, experience and industry knowledge than your formal qualifications. You would usually be expected to have a good knowledge of payroll legislation.

You may be able to join a payroll department with experience as a manager or team leader in another type of office environment. You would usually need to have some experience of accounts.

Training and development

You would be expected to have a good knowledge of payroll practices and laws before starting as a payroll supervisor or manager. When you start a new job, your employer will usually provide on-the-job training in their own company systems and procedures.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a payroll manager you should have:

  • The ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Good mathematical and IT skills
  • Good spoken and written communication skills
  • An organised approach
  • Logical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • The ability to manage your time and meet deadlines
  • Honesty
  • Respect for confidential information.

Finding a job

The use of recruitment agencies is one of the best ways to look for a job as Payroll Manager. If you pick the right one, you will quite possibly partner with them for your career not just to find you new jobs but they may also help you with market and salary information, careers advice, resume advice and even for recruitment within your own company if the need arises.

It is therefore imperative that you work with the best recruitment consultants you can find.  You can find good recruitment agencies via research – look at websites and see if any testimonials are published.

Make sure you research and that you work with recruitment consultants who have either worked in the area that you have been involved in or who have been in recruitment in that sector for a long period of time.

Working with a recruitment agency should be a partnership. For the consultant it is in their interest to get you a job as they will be paid by their client if they get it right. For you, the time and effort of finding the right role for you should be eliminated as you should have an experienced, knowledgeable and professional recruitment consultant working on your behalf.

If you work with a professional, experienced and knowledgeable recruitment consultant they will communicate with you very well and will give you lots of information to enable you to not only get an interview but also to do well in the recruitment process!

Good luck!