As a job seeker in a crowded marketplace it can be challenging to get noticed and stand out. Career decisions and moving to a new job are serious considerations and you need to be confident that the consultant you are working with understands your skill set, your personal strengths, listens to your objectives and understands your career ambitions. Without this they cannot effectively represent you with your career planning or job search
Our search process is in depth to ensure that we find the very best person for each opportunity. As such, we do not list our open vacancies without having a conversation with you first, this way you are much less likely to get overlooked. In addition, we are trained not just to match up key words on CV’s but to take a holistic view of each individual to come to an informed and complete view of their suitability. We only recommend them for roles we think would suit them perfectly. We take time in meeting our clients to find out their business needs and requirements and this is a service we mirror with our candidates. We want to understand you as an individual, get to know you, your needs and aspirations before we start speaking to our clients about your profile. These are the basics of what any recruitment business should adhere to however, this is unfortunately not always the case.
Our candidates are the cornerstone of what we do and a reflection of our business. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, please get in touch to arrange a consultation.
You are unlikely to get a second chance to make a good impression on a prospective employer. At your interview it is important that you get it right first time. By preparing to succeed you will maximise your chances of securing that job offer.
Please take the time to read some of the tips below so you can be successful in every interview you attend.
Prepare yourself, interviews are two way meetings. They are an opportunity for the interviewer to find out about you and whether you are a suitable candidate. Likewise you want to find out about the organisation. Will the position provide you with the challenge and job satisfaction you are looking for?
Know Your CV
Think about your skills, qualifications and experience that are relevant to the role and job specification. Try to second guess the employer’s shopping list from the job details and match your skills and experience..
Remember, employers buy experience. Think about what evidence of achievement you can talk about in the interview and rehearse your success stories. These are the areas where you can sell yourself and aim to stand out from the competition. By giving clear, real life examples of where your skills are relevant you instantly stand out from the crowd!
Prepare some interview questions to ask about the role and organisation.
Don’t ask about holiday entitlement, hours, progression or salary at a first interview.
Find out as much as possible about the company prior to the interview. A good starting point is to look at their website and find out about the products and services they offer, the location, and the number of employees.
Always speak to us as we will be able provide additional information on the company.
Dress code and appearance
We will brief you on what the client’s dress code is however, in the vast majority of cases, smart business dress is what will be required for interview.
Ensure you are well groomed with tidy hair, clean shaven with clean shoes and clothing. Do not wear too much perfume or aftershave and keep make-up, jewellery and nail polish simple.
Travel and timing
Plan your journey beforehand to ensure you arrive a few minutes early. Allow for possible travel delays. Just in case of a major hold up ensure you have our telephone numbers to hand, if you give as much notice as possible it may be possible to re-schedule.
What to Expect
Make sure you know the names of the people who will be interviewing you.
Interviews come in many forms; panel interviews, one to one interviews and group interviews. Speak to us about what form of interview you will be attending beforehand.
You may be asked to take a test before the interview, depending on the type of organisation. These may consist of psychometric or aptitude tests. We will advise you of this in advance.
There any many different interview syles and each interviewer will have their own personal style. Some interviewers will fire question’s at you while others will start off with an open question such as, “Tell me about yourself”, leaving you to do most of the talking. The majority of interviews will be somewhere between the two. Be prepared for any style of interview.
Find out as much as possible about the job specification as this will enable you to demonstrate how well you can perform in the role.
It is important to sell yourself by telling the employer details of your relevant skills and experience and how you could use these in the role you are applying for. Try not to monopolise the meeting – let your interviewer talk.
Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitability of the organisation. Demonstrate that you have done some research.
Try not to focus on negative information and refrain from criticising previous employers or jobs. The key is to turn negative information into a positive message.
It is a good idea to ask about the next stage to demonstrate your interest in the role.
If you are really interested in the position make sure you tell the interviewer. Employers want candidates that are enthusiastic about their organistion and who are really interested in the role.
After the Interview
Immediately after your interview please call us on +44 (0)2037 516 610. If you are successful at interview our commitment to you does not end there. We will be able to provide you with some valuable feedback on how the interview went. Good or bad we are always completely honest with our feedback.
“Tell us about yourself”
Go through your CV and think of some experiences you have had during your previous employment that will be relevant and of interest to the interviewer.
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?”
Firstly think short term and talk about how you wish to benefit the organisation and the position that is currently on offer. You can mention training and development that will help you get to where you want to be long term, however the reality is your interview is for this position and not a Supervisor or a COO.
“Why do you want this job?”
Give a good clear reason for applying for the role. The interviewer will be keen to see that you are enthusiastic about potentially working in their organisation.
“What kind of person are you?”
Describe your personality, support your examples with previous experience and keep it relevant to the job specification.
“Why did you leave?”
Try to remain positive and be honest when answering this question. The interviewer will be keen to get a clear answer so prepare a strong response.
“How will you cope in a crisis?”
The interviewer will want you to demonstrate that you can cope under pressure use examples of previous experiences to answer this question.
“How will you approach the role?”
The interviewer is trying to imagine you in the role, try to answer as if you are doing the job already.
“What would you do in this situation?”
This is an on the spot question that requires you to think about your previous experience and how you have reacted in the past. It’s always worth having examples ready.
“What do you need to earn?”
Never talk about money! Talk about the role although if it becomes difficult then throw this question back to the interviewer. Let them know that your current base salary/bonus and that you would expect some form of uptick on this and to fall in line with the market rate rather than what you need.
“What are your strengths?”
This is a time for reflection…what are your actual strengths? Try not to fall into the trap of being too boastful however, give real life examples of your success stories and what type of employee you are.
“What are your weaknesses?”
Try not to fall into the trap of being negative about yourself. Talk about weaknesses that are also strengths such as being a perfectionist or demanding of your team.
Think of the most difficult questions you may potentially be asked and rehearse the answer. By preparing in this way you will give yourself the best opportunity to demonstrate your key strengths for the role.
“Do you have any questions for us?”
The interview has now spent a good length of time talking about your CV and finding out about you. Why not ask them about their experiences working for the company? People like people who take an interest in them so ask about their background prior to joining, how the company differs to where they previously worked and how would they describe the culture. You can then speak through the role and what would be expected of you on an average day. Get a feel for the role and the type of work you can expect from day one.
Don’t ask questions about progression, money or hours!