Candidate Tips & Advice

10 Pretty Dire Interview Mistakes

  • 19/04/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • How Not To Succeed At Your Next Interview

Ever wondered what to avoid doing when you're being interviewed? We've heard of some unique and horrendous gaffs, but there are some quite common ones you really should try and avoid: 

1. Never slate your current / past employers or managers! Explaining that you want to leave a job for negative reasons about your employer or manager can lead your interviewers to think you're not as loyal as you need to be, and that you could be hiding some truths about yourself.

2. Turning up without any …

How to Apply for a Job Online

  • 19/04/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Increasing Your Success Rate

If you're about to start your online job search, here are some important tips to help you improve your chance of success once you've clicked the

Job search link. 

1. Before you even start looking, make sure your CV is up to date.  When you see a job online you want to apply for, chances are you'll want to be able to hit the 'Upload and Apply' button without having to sign out, rejig your CV and find that job again! 

2. When you've found your ideal career move, if the site …

When to Apply for an Apprenticeship

  • 23/02/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting On The Career Ladder

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn a totally new job; successful applicants for apprenticeships receive training from both employer and education provider, and earn money! They provide an excellent alternative to University education for those who don’t want to study full time, but who want to learn a trade / profession and get a foot in the door of their ideal employer or career path.

Many people think Apprenticeships commence in September, at the start of an Academic Year. …

Interview Techniques and Tips

  • 22/02/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Excelling At Your Interview

There are many types of interview styles during recruitment. With the onslaught of digital technology and its infinite global reach, you can find a variety of ways be interviewed.  It could be a telephone interview, video, group, individual, three-stage interview – it all depends on the company recruiting and their in-house methods of assessing potential employees’ skills.

Whatever type of interview you have for a job, from informal to formal, there are …

7 out of 10 Recruiters look for Communication Skills on a CV

  • 08/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your CV

When it comes to applying for a new job, you’ll want to put yourself ahead of the rest.

On that basis, it might give you an edge to know that 7 out of 10 recruiters look for evidence of strong communication skills when they are recruiting. Having a workforce with great communication skills leads to better team work, improved customer relationships and retention, and overall better business performance, so it’s a skill never to be hidden from view.

So how do you demonstrate …

Considering an Internship?

  • 31/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • What's In It For You?

Ever thought about applying for an Internship? Want to know what they are all about? Then read on:

What is an Internship?

An internship is generally a short-term and fixed-duration period of work offered by employers, during which an intern is able to contribute to the employer’s business using their skills, as well as gaining valuable work experience and personal development.  

Most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months.

Who are they …

Did you Fluff Up your Job Interview?

  • 15/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Performing Well At A Job Interview

Ever been in that situation where you’re mid-interview and realise you’ve either: 

  • Said something actually quite silly
  • Given a bad example of past work experience, or
  • Totally forgotten to mention something vitally important? 

Realising you’ve fluffed can, in itself, be quite unsettling and can have the effect of ruining the rest of your interview. However, our advice for ensuring that doesn’t happen, and get you back on track for the job, is …

How to Apply for an Apprenticeship

  • 29/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Increasing Your Chances Of Job Success

An apprenticeship is a great way of getting your career started, by gaining work experience whilst also working towards a formal qualification. Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular alternative to going into full time employment or heading off to university. However, with the increase in popularity, success is increasingly difficult to achieve.  

First and foremost, search for an apprenticeship that suits you! This is key, finding something which is suited to your interests and …

Tips for Completing a Job Application Form

  • 29/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • How To Complete A Job Application Form

Many companies (especially large firms) use application forms when recruiting: this is because they can quickly and efficiently get a response for those questions they need answering the most, which is difficult and time consuming if trying to achieve the same goal with CVs. Application forms also make it much easier to compare candidates with one another.  We’ve included a few basics below which we hope help you submit a great application:


Before you start to complete …

Interview Tips for Introverts

  • 21/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting The Job

Interview Tips for Introverts

Whilst few people enjoy interviews, they can be particularly difficult for people who might consider themselves introverts. Unfortunately, interviews are usually unavoidable when it comes to looking for a new job so it’s important that you do all the preparation you can. With any luck, the following tips might just give you the edge you need to be successful in your next interview.


For most, the key to performing well in any interview is …