Why Connecting in an Interview Matters

People hire people.
If we recruited merely for purpose, we would have offices full of automations and robots.
When we interview, we look at multiple factors: aptitude; attitude; potential and a host of other factors.

Likewise, candidates look at multiple factors when deciding if your company is ‘The One’.

So how can we ensure we get the best out of the relatively short time we spend with potential employees? How can we be certain we are seeing the real person behind the job title?

The best and easiest way is to connect with your candidates. When people are comfortable, they drop their guards and you get authentic insight into their motivations, skills and any potential risks in engaging with them.

How do we connect in a high-stress situation like an interview? We have found a few easy-to-implement strategies that we think will greatly improve the quality of your interviews:

Introducing #TrustDAV

Image removed.We live in a world where almost anything can be obtained at the touch of a button. From Uber to Netflix, we are becoming conditioned to expect immediate responses. The same is true for our business.

Our candidates, clients and colleagues expect us to be more responsive to their needs. If we fail to live up to their expectations, we can expect immediate fallout. People are very quick to express their disapproval and as a people business, we need to be mindful of the actions that lead to their disapproval, whilst remaining open to their needs and responsive to their feedback.

As such we have implemented an initiative we call #TrustDAV

Are you searching for unicorns in 2017?

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It’s 2017. The overindulgence of mince pies, singalong Christmas carols, non-stop feasting and those well-deserved afternoon naps seem like a distant memory for now… New Year’s resolutions made and quite possibly already broken… SO in February, let's really get 2017 off to a kickin' start shall we?!

As R.M Rilke puts it, ‘Let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.’ A new year means a new outlook, a new strategy… It’s the perfect opportunity to start off on the right foot and put our plans into action. This year will be different and we need to beat back the temptation of slipping into what’s easy or familiar… Or we’ll be left in the dust!

2016 Has Turned Us Inside-Out. How About You?

Image removed.  2016… What a year it’s been!!!

 We've officially reached the time of year that begins to  feel like a month of  Fridays,  and the buzz around the office is  fantastic!

 A lot has happened around us this year – surprising USA  election results, the  Rio  Olympics, freak SA weather  conditions  and so  much more. What has this  year  meant  for you, your people and your business? For us, 2016 will  forever  be  known as the year  that turned DAV inside out!


Leaders under the Microscope

Image removed.MANCO MANIA…you have to try it! The month of October at DAV sure was a manic one – a lot happened, we loved it and that’s why I’d like to share this with you!

 So many of us spend this time of the year focusing on ways of increasing business productivity, performance appraisals, incentivising employees and the like. DAVs Management Team, including myself, was completely sidetracked this month and became fully immersed in MANCO Mania! Ok, so what is MANCO Mania?

A New DAV, A New Look

The year 2016 has seen DAV redefined from the inside out.

Not only did we join forces with Premier Personnel to create a new generation DAV, but we've also introduced our cutting-edge Candidate Resource Centre and made a number of changes to ensure that we continue offering only the best of best in recruitment services.

Our intense approach to change has left us feeling renewed, excited and more defined as a business. What better way to reflect these views than to revise our external image too?

First we set out to change our logo and then we were on a search to find a symbol that could express our deepest character. Choosing just one image was a challenge because we have so much to tell the world. And then it became clear. An image of ink …...yes, ink! Because just one drop of it changes things - quickly, intensely and permanently.  Like drops of ink cast in clear water, we have added powerful change to our world and there is no turning back.

And so, it is with great excitement that we introduce you to DAV's new look and feel. Like our internal business, our look is now sleek, strong, sophisticated, yet simple.

The new generation DAV

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It was Henry Ford who said:

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

Together, together, together. What a powerful concept and one that has become very real for our company in the past few months.

You’ve heard the rumblings, you’ve seen some shifts and there’s no denying  the excitement…DAV and Premier Personnel are now officially together and going forward, will operate as DAV. What a powerful combination! Two formidable companies both with a  heritage of excellence and a vision of advancement. With obvious synergies between the two, the decision to join forces makes perfect sense.

Surviving in this Wild Economy

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Continuous competition, vulnerability, drought, constant change… Like the African bushveld, our marketplace is constantly transforming and because of these ever-present factors, we need to adopt unique approaches that equip us to deal with what’s coming.

How to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

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Today, running a business involves dealing with many kinds of people and age groups. There have always been multiple generations in the workplace, but currently we’re experiencing four generations working together - the largest diversity of generations represented than any other time in history!

The differing generational values, work ethics, and financial perspectives can make our jobs in management quite challenging but how we manage these differences is most important. Roles are being redefined and rules are being rewritten daily. Change is inevitable and we need to recognise the positive impact a multi-generational workforce can have on our company’s success.

Why Hire Using a Recruitment Agency?

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In the face of growing competition from job boards, internal recruiters and social networking, some have forecast the decline of recruitment firms. However, our industry continues to grow and offers many important benefits to corporates looking to secure top talent.

Our ongoing success and client relationships depend upon our ability to offer advice and insight, to reduce risks associated with any recruiting exercise and to ultimately provide you with a shortlist of talented candidates you would not otherwise have known about.

There are several important benefits to clients when they engage the services of a reputable recruitment firm: