Candidate Tips & Advice

Competency and Skill / Knowledge Based Interviews

  • 03/08/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Competency And Skill Based Questions

We've been asked to provide some more helpful advice for candidates going to recruitment interviews, specifically around the types of questions they could be asked.  So, we've set out below some helpful insights into the different types of questions interviewers could ask, with examples of well structured answers:

Competency Based Questions

Competency based questions, asked in an interview setting, are questions which ask about past situations that you’ve found yourself in, …

Watching out for Job Scams

  • 26/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Being Safe Online

It's been reported by Ministers this week that UK Jobseekers are being conned out of a small fortune by scammers who are taking money for fake security checks and training.

It's been stated that up to 10% of jobseekers have fallen victim to such a scam, losing hundreds of pounds for non-existent checks, or even being conned into calling massively high-cost premium rate phone lines for 'interviews'.

Damian Hinds, the Employment minister, has said that fraudsters are typically …

4 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Getting the Job

  • 18/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • How To Increase Your Chances Of Job Success

If you're struggling to get the job you really want, whether it's a promotion, a career change or a simple side-step, we've a few sure-fire tips to help increase your chances: 

1. Is your CV doing the trick? Always remember that your CV should be updated every few months with current achievements / progress in your jobs, so that it's almost always ready to be sent off to recruiters.  If you have any doubts about how good your CV is, then ask for some help.  Whether you approach …

How Long Should a CV be?

  • 16/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making A Great First Impression!

How long should a CV be?

CVs are our opportunity to give an amazing first impression to the people shortlisting for a job.  The overall appearance of your CV is vitally important, as the content and layout of the front page at least can put your recruiter off you in the first few seconds. Aside from content, an important dimension of your CV is it’s size.

There are a number of thoughts around the recruitment industry about the right size for a CV, i.e. how many pages it should be. …

What to take to a Job Interview

  • 15/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making A Great First Impression!

What can you take to a job interview?

We’ve been asked by a number of candidates whether they should take anything with them to their jobs interviews.  So, we thought a quick list of what you should and shouldn’t take might be helpful:

What’s OK to take?

  1. Everything you’ve been asked to take! When you are invited to an interview, recruiters sometimes ask you to take certain things, either to help with their selection process, e.g. a presentation or portfolio, …

What are the chances of getting an interview?

  • 12/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Understanding The Job Market

We’ve been doing some work recently to look at statistics.  Now stats aren’t our favourite topic, but we’ve found some useful data which can help you understand what your chances could be when you're applying for jobs online.

Firstly, these stats aren’t from any precise scientific measurement.  We can’t, for example, examine the CVs of all candidates applying through our site at OurBob.com so we can’t comment on qualitative measures, but we can …

Is Rejection Good for You?

  • 12/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting A Job!

Applying for jobs gives you a great opportunity to reflect on your career so far, think about how to succinctly describe it in a meaningful way on your CV, and how best to position yourself in relation to the jobs you want to go for.  Many people take a very relaxed approach to applying for jobs, and constant rejection should provide the wake-up call needed to take some positive action the next time.

Regardless of the quality of applications we submit for new jobs, the majority of us will …

Presentations During your Interview

  • 05/07/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Impressing Your Selection Panel

The idea of delivering a presentation in an interview can be a daunting one, especially for people new to the jobs market.  However, presentations are becoming an increasingly popular part of the selection process, especially when recruiting for senior positions or when presentation or advanced communication skills are vital for the job.

Here are some top tips to help you produce the perfect presentation, to help you show your potential future employer exactly what you can do.

  • Step 1: …

Ex-MP Looking for a new Opportunity?

  • 12/06/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting You Back To The Job Market!

CAREER SUPPORT for ex-MPs!

Been ousted from your high-profile job? (Or feel like you might be soon?) Feeling a trifle miffed, and don’t know where to turn?

Look no further! Yes, Our Bob is here to help! Now read on for some great new career options:

  • Want a 9 to 5 job with prospects for career development? We’ve got plenty of warehouse and junior admin roles we think could be just your cup of tea!
  • Already missing the bar at Westminster? Then we’ve masses of Front of House …

References - and how recruiters handle them...

  • 20/04/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Candidate Advice

The one aspect of the recruitment process you have little control over is the part when your potential future employer asks your past employer whether you’ll be able to cut the mustard, before they officially employ you.

Many candidates are quite nervous about this aspect of the hiring process, simply because they have little idea what the new employer will ask, and how the old employer will respond. 

Here’s a simple outline of how it works:

How are References Obtained?