7 management traits that will make all your employees stay (or leave)

We came across two recent LinkedIn articles that nicely contrast management traits that will make employees stay or leave. Here are the main insights.

7 management traits that will make all your employees leave (read article here):

  • Micro Management
  • Create Office Politics
  • Lie and Be Unprofessional to Customers
  • Air Your Dirty Laundry at the Office
  • Gripe About Your Employees Working Hard if You Are Not Yourself
  • Abrasive Communication
  • Arrogance

7 management traits that will make all your employees stay (read article here):

  • Be Supportive
  • Understand and Harness the Power of Praise
  • Lead By Example
  • Show Appreciation by Hosting Some Team Building Events
  • Listen to Your Employees
  • Be Generous by Offering Incentives for Longevity
  • Be Authoritative

TEDx Talk on Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship as a Solution

The CEO of HR Matching, Peter Vogel, recently gave a TEDx talk at the IMD in Lausanne.

In his presentation, Peter explores the future of the labor market and the role of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The technological revolution not only changed the way we work and live, but who we are. The “Next Generations” are facing the highest youth unemployment rates and at the same time employers have entered a fierce competition for talents. This huge challenge can only be solved by the next generation itself, in re-defining the labor market of the future. Establishing assessable and healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems has to become priority #1 of policymakers and practitioners if we want to ensure that the terminology “Lost Generation” will always remain a piece of history.


See the full talk here.

HR Matching AG was selected as a Global Hot 100 Enterprise

September 26th, 2012: Boston (USA)The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneursip announced the Global Hot 100 enterprises at this years’ event.

The Global Hot 100 Enterprises are those companies leading technical innovation and business thought leadership to solve growing global challenges. HR Matching was recognized for its innovative recruiting solutions for universities across Europe as well as their unique matching and recommendation system.

The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship was launched in 2006 at the United Nations under the support of key multinationals. The Summit is an exclusive, by-invitation only event that connects an elected group of the world’s most innovative people to exchange inspiring stories and architect meaningful actions for economic and social innovation. Summit partners include Deloitte, Dassault Systemes, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, MIT Enterprise Forum, and Akira Foundation. More info at http://www.thewsie.org.

Interview: How to handle the stress

Many of us get very emotionally unbalanced when we have to perform in front of other people or when we know our words are going to be assessed.  But it is very important when we go to the job interview not to be overwhelmed with stress. Confidence helps to efficiently answer all the questions and show your best side during the interview. First of all, keep in mind that it’s absolutely natural to be nervous and stressed before the interviews. Don’t try to suppress this and don’t blame yourself for having these fears. Everyone does have them. Instead, what you should try to do is be in control of your emotions and not let anxiety get in the way to your success.

Do your homework

Great preparation can eliminate stress caused by uncertainty in your answers. If you are well prepared you have greater confidence that nothing is going to take you by surprise. Whatever questions you are asked, you will be ready to answer them. Then why not go ahead and do your homework? Read about the company and the people who will be interviewing you so that you know your material. On top of that, prepare some witty remarks or clever sentences that you can interject into the dialogue. You can also try practicing the interview with a friend. Think of the possible questions the interviewer might ask you (about your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, your understanding of the company and its goals, etc.) and have your friend pose these questions to you.

Be ready

Prepare everything that you will during the interview the day before it’s going to happen. Think about what you will wear and prepare the clothes in advance, so you don’t have to rush in the last minute. Know exactly where the office is and how to get there and plan to arrive early. Arriving 30 to 45 minutes early is alright – don’t go straight into the building but drive around or take a walk instead. 10 minutes before the interview you can start going into the building to show up on time, or just a few minutes in advance.


It is important that you calm yourself to the maximum possible extent before the interview. You can try exercising in the morning before your interview, to move the bad stress right out of your body. When you arrive to the venue, try to relax and breath rhythmically, taking long deep breathes. Loosen your body up – it will make you feel more confident and relaxed. Don’t worry too much. Your interviewer supports you and wants you to be successful and be a good match for the company, because it’s their job – to find the good matches.

Turn your stress into a positive thing

Believe it or not, but there’s such thing as good stress. The great news is that it keeps you in a good shape. Under the good, positive stress, you appear motivated and eager. Use the stress to your own advantage. Transform the tension created by stress into energy to keep you going. Play with your fear – make it work for you, not against you. When you’re stressed, you will never appear lazy or not energized enough. Your task is to stay focused by using your fear – don’t get lost in it!

Be a good listener

Of course, it’s important to be a performer during the interview. You will speak and, in a way, act, as if you were on stage. The interview is all about you. But always remember to let the interviewer lead and talk too. You will be deemed a wonderful conversationalist if your interviewer keeps talking. Also, remember to ask a question or two to show your interest and that you have something to contribute to the work that the company is doing.

Visualize a successful outcome beforehand

The greatness of positive thinking can never be overestimated. Tell yourself “I can do it!”, “I’ll get you there!” You know you’re a good worker. You may be not perfect but no one is! Trust in yourself and the great outcome. Keep in mind that wonderful things are meant to be happening to you. If something ever fails, it means that it’s just not your thing. Be sure that everything you want in life will come to you. Picture yourself getting a job offer – this will be your reality soon! Good luck!

Interview: Dresscode

Being properly dressed for an interview can boost the positive image you will be creating at the interview. In the business culture of the modern world the look of job candidate is a way to communicate a certain message to the employer. There is a conventional neutral way to dress up for an interview that we recommend that you follow if you’re uncertain of the job environment, or are at the beginning of your career. Sticking to the neutral would work in the majority of cases. If you would like to customize your outfit and go off a beaten path, we also have advice for you.


Classical look


For Ladies

In order to look professional in any interview situation, wear a dark pant or skirt suit and modest heels. All the recruiters agree that a candidate can’t go wrong with a well-tailored suit in a neutral colour – black, gray or navy. If you plan to be interviewed at the companies with conservative culture, like investment banks and consulting firms, the most accepted and appropriate dress would be a skirt suit and small to medium heels. A tasteful pantsuit with medium-heeled leather loafers also looks classy and professional. Make sure to wear minimal makeup and non-flashy jewellery.

For Gents

For men, the classical look at the interview is a dark neutral suit, a white or blue dress shirt, and a silk tie in a conservative pattern. Try to wear natural fabrics such as wool and cotton. Go with a pair of black or brown, polished, not-ground-down-at-the-heels leather shoes. Wingtips are considered more conservative while shoes with lug or platform soles are more funky than professional. If you are unsure of the colour of the socks, go with darker colours.


Unconventional look


While you will not, of course, offend anyone by wearing a neutral classical suit, it’s also true that you’re not likely to make a distinctive impression on your interviewer with such a conservative costume. Depending on what kind of position you’re applying for, the industry you’re looking into, and the personality statement you want to make, you’ll have to decide how to best express yourself through your clothes. Taking into account the industry, also consider the prevailing norms of the department or division with which you’re aiming. For example, the finance department of a newspaper is bound to be more buttoned-up than its editorial department.


If you’re looking for something in the entertainment industry (publishing, film, arts, design, and more liberal PR and advertising agencies), then you should really try to demonstrate your individuality through clothes. Just make sure that you still look very presentable and professional.


Your experience and the level of the job you are applying for will also affect the way you plan to dress. For an entry-level candidate, the objective is to come across as capable and mature. A mid-career candidate, on the other hand, may want to accentuate his or her adaptability to a new office culture by foregoing the generic corporate uniform.


Final Touches

If you are in doubt, it’s better to go with a formal conventional dress than with a casual look. Go easy on a perfume, but don’t leave home without deodorant. At a minimum, recruiters say neat hairstyle and clean hands are absolutely requisite.


Best of luck with your interview!

Article about the HR Matching AG in HR Today



HR Matching is featured in the newest edition of the most important HR magazine in Switzerland, HR Today. The question addressed in this lead article is the NEXT generation and their loyalty towards the employer. Read the full article online on HR Today or by downloading this PDF.

Article about Jobzippers in Le Temps


Today, Jobzippers is featured in Le Temps, the leading newspaper of the Suisse Romande. Read the full article on Le Temps or by downloading this PDF.

Jobzippers in the Swiss Venture Guide 2012


We’re delighted to announce, that Jobzippers was selected among 15 high-tech firms to be featured in the 2012 edition of the well known Swiss Venture Guide. Read the full article on page 35 of the Swiss Venture Guide 2012.

The Art of Skype interview

Looking to save time, money, and effort, companies are turning to Skype interviews more and more often. A market research firm, the Aberdeen Group, found that 42 percent of European companies used video interviews to recruit last year, compared to 10 percent of companies in 2010. Certainly, the Skype interview doesn’t replace face-to-face interviews, but it allows people to get a much better feel for their potential colleagues early on in the process.

Just like with any other interviews, you have to prepare yourself carefully in order to succeed. There are some little things that are different from the face-to-face interview that you should keep in mind. Disregarding the rules of “Skype” behavior can cost you a lost opportunity of a good job. Below are some tricks to get you prepared for a Skype challenge, once and for all (because you might have to endure a few during your professional life).

Suitable background

If you’re doing a video interview, you have a limited space to be showing behind yourself so please make sure that it looks decent. The trick is to leave some depth behind you as well as create some “warmth” (having bookshelves or plants works much better than sitting by the blank white wall). Make sure your face is not in the darkness. The natural light from the window can be good to illuminate your face. If there’s no such light, get the desk lamp that brighten your face.


It doesn’t matter what your local time is – 11 am or 11 pm. You should always be dressed for 9 a.m. Monday. It’s best to wear a darker color with accents of jewel tones in a tie, or for a ladies shirt under a suit jacket, to bring a little color to the image.

Technical check

To avoid the endless Can-you-hear-me-now’s? do the check in advance. Start with your Internet connection. If your connection is weak, find somewhere more stable. Dropped calls are understandable, but they distract from the interview and reflect poorly on your ability to plan ahead.


Get the warm up and take a look at how you appear on screen. Ask your friend to call you and test the sound and an image. Get an instant feedback from another person and introduce all the necessary corrections before the time comes to talk to you interviewer.

Demonstrating professionalism

On the screen, your employer’s first impression of you is your Skype username and a profile picture. If you have a non-professional Skype name, think about how that reflects on you. You don’t have to get rid of your existing account with a cute name that you like, but rather make sure you create a new one to use solely for professional purposes. Same with your picture – it is equally, if not more, important. If your employer decides to do voice instead of video, your profile image will be front and center for the duration of the interview. If it represents someone with a nose ring… oh well…

Showing your knowledge

You can often hear that it is essential to “do your research on the company.” What does this imply? If you think that surfing through the Wiki page of the company is enough, think again. Make sure to spend some time on the company website or talk to people who work there. Take note not only on the company’s products and background, but culture and values.

Rules of conduct

There is an emerging Skype-interview etiquette that becomes more and more common. Keep the following tips in mind, and you will show that you’re on top of the common rules.
- Don’t start calling first, until being advised to do so. Normally you’re expected to just be on Skype on time, and then the interviewer would call you. If you see that the interviewer is missing for more than 10 minutes, you can write to him/her but never start calling out of the blue
- Don’t ask the person who’s interviewing you to turn on their camera. The person will decide whether he or she should do it, or not, without your suggestions
- Have your CV or link to your portfolio ready, in case your interviewer needs to view it over Skype
- Keep a quite environment. Turn off you mobile phone and make sure no outside noises would distract yourself or the interviewer
- Watch the person who’s talking. Instead of looking at the person on the screen, look directly into a webcam
- Wait for the interviewer to stop speaking before you answer. This will also give you a few seconds to think about what you want to say before you speak
- Don’t follow up on Skype directly. It’s better to send a good old “Thank you” email


Remember that even over a video, it is possible to make a great first impression. Don’t miss your chance!

Job Tests – Psychological Tests

In addition to technical skills, which are of course very important, hiring managers always pay careful attention to the personality of the candidate, especially when hiring for the managerial positions. To this end, HR professionals use the special recruitment tests to evaluate essential personal qualities in their candidates. Below you can find information, and thus prepare yourself to the most common personality tests.



Personality Test



Some job advertisements state what personal qualities are sought in the potential candidates. Oftentimes, personality matters even more than a particular knowledge and/or degree. But what is a personality, and how do you measure and evaluate it?



About 25 percent of German companies, and 20 percent of Swiss companies use different types of personality tests. They may want to evaluate such of your qualities/abilities as memory, ability to perform under stress, communicative skills, social skills, ability to work in teams, critical thinking, flexibility, resilience, etc. Very often possessing such skills matters more than professional traits. “Person of a good character”, “person easy and pleasant to work with”, “responsible punctual person” – these are common expectations of someone who starts as a new employee.



Personality tests alone can never fully reflect a character of an applicant. It serves merely to create a first impression and filter the most suitable applicants after the first round. Later on, during the interviews or focus groups, personal qualities are evaluated in a more profound way.



To prepare yourself to the personality test, obtain information about the most common test methods (for example, MMPI – Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or Freiburg Personality Inventory). Basically the following applies to all the tests: You should weigh your answers thoroughly and avoid random responses. It makes no sense to select only the supposedly good or bad alternatives. Similarly, it is unbelievable if all your answers are more or less in the middle. The real challenge is to identify the goal of the question and then respond appropriately. Consistency is the indicator of the sincerity of the answers, so be consistent and authentic.



The creativity test



In addition to a great personality, many positions require a high level of creativity. For recruiters, it is therefore very interesting to put a creative potential of the candidates to the test.



What exactly should you expect from a creativity test?



Unlike the test of logic or memory, creativity tests have no right or wrong solutions. What is being tested here is your ability to think beyond ordinary and come up with unusual scenarios.
The tasks in the creativity test can have very different goals. Some require a free flow of creativity, and in others you have to adhere to certain guidelines. For example, you’re given a letter and you must come up with as many words as possible starting with this letter, in a short period of time. They can also ask you to come up with a logo for an imaginary company, and it doesn’t matter whether you can draw or not – it’s your imagination that is being tested, not your drawing skills.



The general tip for creativity test is to try to find as many solutions as possible to demonstrate that you’re able to come up with various scenarios for a particular issue. What is also important, is that your sketches should be clean and tidy, even if you’re only given a short time to accomplish the task. You can prepare yourself to the creativity test by asking your friends to give you some unusual creative tasks or searching for them in the Internet. Unleash your creative spirit in advance, and you’ll get into the mood easier during a job test.



Sample tasks of the creativity test



Task 1
Please provide several different logos for Bertram’s flower shop. You have three minutes. Simple sketches will be enough.



Task 2
Please complete the words. Allow 30 seconds per task.



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The EQ test



It is very common to test the IQ of the potential employees. But how about the emotional intelligence (EQ)? Read more about the EQ in our article dedicated to it. Professional success cannot depend solely on the professional competence and abstract thinking. The growing importance of the EQ has motivated the hiring managers to start using special EQ tests. Empathy and social skills are now considered just as important as good logic and analytical skills.



Psychologist Daniel Goleman has developed a theoretical model of emotional intelligence (EQ). He summarized research findings and came up with five groups of personality characteristics that influence emotional intelligence: self-perception, motivation, self-regulation, empathy and social skills. Crucial for an emotional intelligence is the degree to which one can cope with their feelings and moods. It is also important to perceive the needs and feelings of other people.



Just as professional skills, EQ can be tested. It is still difficult to measure it scientifically. Normally you will be asked questions about scenarios in the past (how you behaved towards customers or colleagues, or handled job-related stress), and/or about the hypothetic situations and your potential reactions (how you would prioritize tasks, or deal with difficult people, etc.).



The best way to prepare yourself to the EQ tests is to read about what emotional intelligence is, and how emotionally intelligent people would behave in particular situations. Then you would know what is expected of your behavior during the test. It could also turn out useful in your professional and personal life – improving your EQ is something you should always be working on, regardless of whether you’re having an upcoming EQ test, or not.