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Are You Ready To Be Interviewed By The Candidate?, A New Way to Reach Graduates. : 01 Apr 2013

In the last week we launched a new service for RTOs and other training institutions to promote their students and graduates directly to employers. It also provides an opportunity for employers to post ads directly to a specific RTO job board, for FREE! From now on, we'll be asking employers if they wish to connect with any of our participating schools. Last week we set up the first RTO on our list, the AFA. If you're an RTO interested in fostering your own industry network and making it easier for employers to contact your students, email me today.

Speaking of 'industry', don't forget to get your RSVP in for 'touchbase', our first industry networking event; 4:00pm to 6:30pm, Friday 12th April, Commercial Club Hotel in Fitzroy.


When interviewing candidates, many employers allow time for the candidate to ask a few questions.
These questions can often be as illuminating as any answers. But what about your response to these questions? If you have a great candidate asking insightful questions, do you have the answers to match?

Great candidates ask questions because they're evaluating you, your business - and whether they really want to work for you.

Here are five questions a promising candidate might ask, and even if they don't, knowing the answers can only assist you in the hiring exercise.

What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?
Great candidates want to hit the ground running. They don't want to spend weeks or months "getting to know the organisation." They want to make a difference as soon as possible.

What exactly are you hoping the incumbent will achieve in their first three months? Are you absolutely clear on your expectations. Are your expectations realistic? Mapping out exactly how you expect things to unfold will provide the clear direction a leading candidate will be looking for.

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Fitness Division Coordinator - Genesis Morayfield
Consider yourself a strong leader, looking for career
development and like to be challenged? Mentor &
grow our Fitness Division! PT experience essential.
[more]

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What are the common attributes of your top performers?
Great candidates also want to be great long-term employees. Every organisation is different, and so are the key qualities of top performers in those organizations.

Great candidates want to know because 1) they want to know if they fit, and 2) if they do fit, they want to be a top performer.

Have you determined exactly what it is about your star performers that makes them so good. More than a fit for your position description, what attributes would make a candidate a leading player in your business

What are a few things that really drive results for your business?
Employees are an investment for your business. That is, every employee should generate a positive return on his or her salary (Otherwise why are they on the payroll?).

As an example, the best Personal Trainers can influence member retention rates, training income and overall moral within your facility.

Great candidates want to know what truly makes a difference. They know helping the company succeed means they succeed as well. Can you clearly identify how your successes are aligned?

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Assistant Club Manager - Jetts Tuggeranong ACT
This Assistant Manager role is 15 hours per week
and the balance of your time is an opportunity to
build your own successful PT business within our
club. [more]

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What do your employees do in their spare time?
Happy employees 1) like what they do and 2) like the people they work with.

This sort of thing can be pretty important for a great candidate with a few job options. They want to make sure they have a reasonable chance of fitting in.

Naturally you're not expected to keep tabs on employees when they're off work, but having some knowledge of their background not only shows you have an interest in your staff, any details you can provide will give a candidate more insight into who they'll be spending their time with.

How does your business intend to deal with...?
The fitness industry is always evolving. Not only are there new trends and training styles to contend with, but the addition of new players in any area, whether a new boutique studio or a big-box facility, can have a significant impact on income.

Good candidates are always interested in opportunities for growth and advancement. And if they do eventually leave, they want it to be on their terms and not because you were forced out of business.

Great candidates don't just want to know what you think on a specific topic; they want to know what you plan to do - and how they might fit into those plans.

The best recruiters will treat any interview as a test for both the candidate AND their business. After-all, the only thing worse than losing too much time on an interview that's going nowhere is to lose a great candidate because you failed to make the best impression as an employer.

Have a fantastic and profitable week.

Dennis Hosking
Managing Director - HealthyPeople

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Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness - Panel session : 15 Jul 2013

On Friday August 9th I'll be a part of a panel discussion with Carl Ziebell (Adrenalin Health) and Natasha Holmes (Advance Fitness Clubs/Advance Fitness Marketing).

It's called 'Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness' and it's a part of Victoria's Small Business Festival.

We'll be talking about key challenges and solution strategies for fitness business managers. Details as follows:

Where: Fed Square, Melbourne CBD
When: Friday 9th August from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Tickets: $25 and space is limited.
To book: Contact Carl on 0411 636 666 or our office on (03) 9038 8616.

 

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