Newsletter March 2021

Newsletter March 2021

Newsletter Issue April 2021 Fraser People

Yeah Buoy!

Team NZ





What a fantastic day at the office for Team New Zealand yesterday!  We have been enthralled with the sailing –  and to have the regatta between lockdowns here in NZ, captured the hearts of not just the avid yachties among us. (Red socks included😊)

Red Sox Fraser People









From Mothers Day 1995 to St Patricks Day 2021 – New Zealand is now the first nation to successfully challenge and defend the America’s cup twice!

While the boat “Te Rehutai” is certainly a champion,  it’s the fantastic team work and the strength of the team that came through. 

Job Market

As we head further into 2021, feedback is the job market, on the whole, is growing steadily, but the more dramatic bounce back will be from industries that were hit the hardest.

However, candidate priorities may be changing, check out our poll below –  it could be a good time to review your recruitment strategy to attract the best talent in this environment.

 Have a great weekend!
Carol Fraser


Virtual handshake





Working from home is fast becoming the new norm and with the disruption lockdowns bring, that can mean our next job interview will be a virtual one. So how do we put our best selves forward online?

Click here to read our ten top tips on mastering your virtual interview.  

We at Fraser People like to use Zoom, but these tips will apply to any video conferencing tool.

Fraser People Poll

Many of us had to adapt very quickly to working from home (WFH) last year. We have been talking with clients and candidates lately about how much flexibility they have to work from home. 🏡

For businesses who continued the WFH whenever their people wanted – an interesting trend has developed – more people are now coming back into the office more often. Are they missing the camaraderie of their team?

This got us thinking…. Will remote working/WFH be a requirement businesses will need to offer to attract talent in future or not? 🤔

Check out the results of a poll we ran on Linked In. Flexibility is definitely a talking point.

Dates to Remember

1st March
Click here to find out more

1st April
The Minimum wage increase is set to rise from $18.90 to $20.00 per hour.

4th April
Clocks go back one hour at 3.00 am Sunday morning.

The ups and downs of levels can make it tough staying motivated at work. Some great reminders here to help boost your focus in challenging times.

5 Ways to Stay focused

Ford LogoAn Exciting New Role:

Sales Operations Specialist

12 Month Parental Leave Contract



We are excited to be working again with Ford NZ. 🤗
The Sales Operations Specialist is a pivotal role, supporting sales planning to accurately capture vehicle productions, arrivals, and sales for each model line.

This 12 month fixed term to cover parental leave needs someone with advanced Excel skills, an aptitude for systems and processes, and an agile and curious approach.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Ford NZ team, working with people who love what they do. The future belongs to those who build it!

To apply or for more details check out the link. 

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Ten Top Tips on Mastering Your Virtual Interview

Ten Top Tips on Mastering Your Virtual Interview

Virtual handshake

Working from home is fast becoming the new norm and with the disruption lockdowns bring, that can mean your next job interview will be a virtual one.  So how do we put our best selves forward online?

Take a look at our Ten Top Tips on mastering your virtual interview.

We at Fraser People like to use Zoom, but these tips will apply to any video conferencing tool.

1.  Test! Test! Test!

Test your technology to ensure you are all set up for success. Check your internet connectivity, and confirm your camera and microphone are working.  If it’s software you are not familiar with, save everyone’s time and avoid any hiccups by being prepared.  Please do not leave it until five minutes before the interview.

2.  Lighting 

A room with optimal lighting near a window or a blank wall makes you the focal point of the conversation. You don’t need the most expensive tech equipment to look good. Just make sure you are easy to see and that your face is not in a dark shadow.  Allow the opportunity to engage with your interviewer.

Whether you sit on your living room couch or in your home office, tidy up your surroundings. It’s hard to convince employers you are detail-oriented and organised when there’s a pile of laundry in the corner.  Zoom can show you a preview of your video feed before you join a call. This is perfect for catching any problems before you go live.

Master your Virtual Interview
Master your Virtual Interview

3.  Eliminate any distractions.

Once settled, eliminate all distractions. Turn off the TV, silence your cell phone, and close nearby windows to muffle neighbourhood traffic.


Eliminate distractions

4.  Be Prepared

Just because you’re on a computer doesn’t mean you can search the web for answers mid-interview, so avoid clicking around. You want to appear focused and ready to answer any questions without the help of the internet.

Research the company ahead of time and jot down notes for easy reference. Print out a copy of your resume, so that you don’t forget key talking points.  If necessary, write stuff on Post It notes and stick them on the computer for you to glance at.


5.  Practice

You don’t want to sound like a robot, so practice your answers. Keep things simple. Don’t feel like you must give a long-winded answer if the question doesn’t warrant it. Being clear and concise is one of the most vital things in a job interview.

Clear and consise

6.   Body Language

The best way to communicate confidence is to sit up straight, smile, and keep the camera at eye level – keep your focus on the camera – making eye contact. Do not use a second monitor.

7.  Dress Appropriately

You might be sitting near your bed, but you shouldn’t look like you just rolled out of it. Dress as you would for an in-person interview, (from the waist up at least 😊).

Dress appropriately

8.  Connect

It’s not easy to connect with everyone, but it’s a crucial part of a virtual interview. You want the interviewer to remember a personal story you told, or a common interest you share which prevents you from blending in with the other applicants.

9.  Be Yourself

It’s hard to translate your enthusiasm in a virtual interview. Try to be expressive when giving your answers. Show your personality and confidence through body language and facial expressions.

Virtual Interview

10.  Follow Up

Your Recruitment Consultant will want to know your impressions from the interview. Be ready with your feedback on what you liked or disliked. They can then help clarify any questions you may have.

You can also send a thank you email to your interviewer. Not only will it show you value their time, it highlights you are friendly and approachable.

Remember part of any interview process is assessing if the company culture is the right fit for you. 

This can be harder to do in a virtual interview as you may miss clues that you notice when in their workplace.

Check out our 6 signs of a positive culture .