How much does it cost you to hire the wrong person?

How much does it cost you to hire the wrong person?


At HRG we recently had a role we were trying to fill for a client in professional services. It is in a very tight market and a candidate presented with what looked to be a great skills and potential culture fit. However, at interview our trained consultant wanted to gain more insight into their background. We didn’t follow the usual reference procedure of most SME’s or others in our game; just call the one person at the bottom of the resume. We dug a little deeper and used our network to gain valuable information to assist with this potential hiring decision.

We walked away from proceeding with this candidate and in the end saved the client some potential employment headaches.

If it’s not a great fit, then HRG are happy to keep working to find the right person. Recruitment for us is not all about getting paid.

Our work is really important and we take pride in it, sometimes the true value is in the one you don’t fill.

In SME’s hiring the wrong person will be a very costly exercise. The effects are multilayered. We’ve delved into this to help you understand the impact it can have on your business.

Many business owners and managers don’t fully appreciate the financial burden the wrong person can have on a business. The Australian reported that a bad hire can cost a business 2.5 times the employee’s salary. So, an employee earning a $60k salary can end up costing $150k as a result of salary and benefits, then the double handling of necessary advertising, time consuming interviewing and recruiting, and education and training

If your new hire isn’t the team player you’d hoped for, you have a problem. A fragmented team is catastrophic in terms of staff morale. If a new employee is failing to meet expectations, the other teammates often have to pick up the slack. There is potential for this situation to lead to bitterness amongst the team. Similarly, if the new hire is simply not a good cultural fit, this can lead to tension and unrest.

Productivity is reliant on harmonious teams. A bad hire can expose you to being unable to service your clients to the standard they expect while at the same time other team members are stretched to capacity with a heavier work load. The effects of a bad hire can extend beyond their tenure too – it often takes time for remaining employees to recover from a “bad egg. A recent survey on the topic of recruitment, Smart Company reports that 21% of respondents had “lost clients or good staff members” as a result of a bad hire they had made.

If you are a small business that struggles to get this right, refine your recruitment tactics today to make the right investments. Start a conversation with Hunter Recruitment Group today.


Experienced Bookkeeper

In this progressive, boutique accountancy firm, bookkeeping is a key part of the service suite available to clients.

This is an opportunity for a dynamic, experienced bookkeeper to position themselves in a growing, professional environment that is supportive and family-friendly.


  • Opportunity to enjoy flexible hours and work environment
  • Great company culture and values
  • Progressive, growing Newcastle based business


The Role:

This is a great opportunity to work for a growing firm providing solid bookkeeping and reporting services across a diverse client base. Based in Newcastle, our client is dedicated to building strong client relationships and helping clients achieve financial success. This role will include:

  • Working on a range of different clients’ accounts using various accounting software programs (Xero experience is critical)
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Identifying and communicating queries with clients
  • Superannuation
  • Business Activity Statements
  • Payroll, Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable


About You:

  • Your exceptional communication and customer service skills will be key to building strong client and colleague relationships and achieving set tasks.
  • You will have solid experience in all aspects of bookkeeping, management reporting, preparing Business Activity Statements etc and an excellent knowledge of general accounting principles.


If you are the right mix of technical skills, drive and personality then start a conversation with Hunter Recruitment Group today. We’d love you to make a video cover letter to accompany your resume. Get creative and really sell yourself!

Apply through the “Apply Now” button.

Food Processing Work

Food Processing Work

  • Flexible, on call shifts
  • Monday to Friday only
  • Fast paced manufacturing – not for the faint hearted!

We are looking for extra staff for our talent pool at our manufacturing plant in Rutherford. If you have food processing experience and are looking for flexible/on call work, take a look!

We are interested in speaking with people who have:

  • Food Manufacturing Experience
  • Conveyer/Process line Experience
  • Machine Operating Experience
  • Available for an on-call roster with a view to ongoing
  • Be available for 8 hour Day, Afternoon or Night Shifts (some sections work 12 hour shifts)
  • A willingness to take a 5am phone call and get to a call in shift for 6am – this is important as we must cover all shifts and great reliability is rewarded

Great casual pay rate – $22.94 starting rate as trainee plus shift allowance (conversion to full casual rate $26.98 after a short period of time)

You must be able to provide 2 contactable work references and have transport to and from work.

We want people who can work safely, take instruction, work independently have an ability to keep up with fast paced production line & are super reliable.
If you have just ticked all of the above boxes then we want YOU!

Please APPLY online and successful applicants will be contacted.

Admin / Accounts Officer

Admin / Accounts Officer

Are you obsessed with accuracy?  Are you looking for flexible, family friendly hours? Are you an accounts-professional who enjoys a sprinkle of customer relations? We have the role for you!

  • School-friendly hours
  • Rutherford location
  • Interesting manufacturing environment

The Role:

Our client operates a unique manufacturing plant in Rutherford. At the heart of the role is invoicing and accounts which require an extremely high level of accuracy and precision. On top of this is the customer management aspect to the role which requires regular, effective communication with a variety of clients. The perfect person will have the ability to step up into office management and ultimately some graphic design work.

Beginning at five days, 20 hours per week, this role has the ability to fit in with school hours, but also provides the exciting possibility to increase hours in the coming months, without impeding on school hours.

About You:

To be successful in this role it is crucial you possess the following skills:

  • Advanced skills in Xero Accounting Software
  • Demonstrated accounts experience
  • Pro-active customer service skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Willingness to work in an environment of high standards of performance
  • A dedication to your work and a high work ethic


If you believe your skills suit this position we would love to hear from you. Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter detailing WHY you are the right person for THIS role. For a confidential discussion please feel free to call our office on 4936 6537 to speak to one of our consultants.

Occupational Hygienist

Occupational Hygienist

Our client is based in the heart of the Hunter Valley and services many heavy industrial, commercial and domestic sites in the region. Rapid client growth based on years of expert service has them in expansion mode. This is not one of the global giants of the space but a boutique customer service focused group of experts where you as an individual will have autonomy to be the best in your field.

The role:

  • Conduct occupational hygiene monitoring for identified health hazards including airborne contaminants such as dusts, asbestos, heat stress, chemical and microbiological contaminants, and noise
  • Provide technical reports and advice on occupational health issues
  • Hazardous chemical management
  • Administrative work that occurs in consulting such as quote preparation, system and procedure development
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders

The Person:

This is not just an equipment operator role – we are seeking an individual who can understand the science behind the data

  • An interpreter of information
  • A customer driven professional with an ability to have meaningful discussions with clients
  • An expert report writer
  • Skilled equipment operator
  • Not a desk jockey – this is a predominately site based role
  • Have an understanding that flexibility in client delivery is key – some work will be conducted outside of normal business hours and you may need to travel throughout NSW

To be successful in this role you must:

  • Have Tertiary qualification in Occupational Hygiene, Chemistry, WHS, Engineering, Environmental Science or other suitable discipline
  • A minimum of 3 years professional field experience
  • Strong commitment to health, safety, quality and best practice concepts
  • Excellent organisational skills, task management skills and attention to detail
  • Great communication skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and proven ability to work to deadlines
  • Capable of working effectively with minimal supervision / Ability to work independently but effectively in a small team environment
  • An understanding of the relevant regulatory bodies, processes and legislation
  • A valid unrestricted driver’s license and excellent driving history
  • Australian Citizenship or rights to work in Australia
  • Computer literacy and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software including but not limited to Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Must pass a drug and alcohol test.
  • Applicants with membership or qualifications from the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists will be highly regarded.


To apply for this role please submit your resume along with a covering letter detailing your motivation by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you’re feeling brave, sell yourself even further by adding a short video to tell us why you’re perfect for this role.

Confidential inquiries are welcome and may be directed to Hunter Recruitment Group on 02 4936 6537.