Candidate Tips & Advice

Video Interview Tips

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

Video interviews are a growing trend in the recruitment world. Just as the name suggests, a video interview is a face to face interview, but generally where the candidate is at their own home or office. Video interviews can make recruitment much easier for employers, meaning they can schedule interviews much quicker and interview a larger number of people without worries about travel and other commitments.

If you’ve a video interview to look forward to, then read through our tips below …

What is a Graduate Scheme?

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Understand The Job Market

The Basics

Graduate Schemes are a great way to kickstart your career. Schemes can vary a lot from organisation to organisation but all will have a period of training and development which will often (but not always) lead to a full time role. This Development can last anything from 12 to 36 months and can involve a number of placements within the company. These placements will expose a graduate to all aspects of the organisation they’re working within, making it possible to create an …

What is a Competency Based Interview?

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Get The Job

During a Competency based interview, you will be asked to answer a number of different questions in a way which enable you to demonstrate which skills you possess.  You would normally be asked to provide examples of when a given skill was put to good use in the past. (Questions used can also be known as Behavioural or Situational.)  Competency questions can be particularly useful when interviewers are considering candidates with less specific professional experience, or …

7 Great Interview Tips

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Get The Job

We want you to stand a great chance of getting the job you want, so we thought a few basic tips on handling your next interview would be useful.  These will be especially useful for those of you who may be out of practice in the interview world, or those who may have had limited interview exposure.

  1. Preparation – Have a think about the questions that you would ask if you were in the interviewer’s shoes, i.e. what would you want to know about a potential employee. …

6 Common Interview Mistakes

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting The Job

There are some things you always have to remember when you're heading into an interview, and some things you can't afford to get wrong.  Here are some of the most common issues we hear about, and sometimes too regularly: 

  1. Forgetting it’s a two-way conversation – Interviews are stressful enough without having to think of extra things to say, but remember that it's a conversation, not a quiz. You are allowed to ask questions too, and you'll make a positive …

Practicing for your Job Interview

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting The Job

Practice makes perfect! You should know that the more practice you can build in before an interview, the better chance you are giving yourself of a positive result. Here’s how you can do this in a D-I-Y way:

1. As well as practicing by yourself, you can ask friends or family to help you. Have them prepare some interview questions and have some prepared yourself that you would like them to ask.  There will be questions in your practice session that you aren’t expecting: these …

Do recruiters lie to their candidates?

  • 16/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Candidate Tips And Advice

We are regularly asked by candidates about statements recruiters make, i.e. employers and recruitment agencies, and whether there is any truth to them. Firstly we should point out that recruiters generally want to do their best for the hiring managers, whilst also remaining professional and polite towards candidates, so 99% of the time there is a genuine and supportive reason why white lies are told. 

Here are a few of the more specific / common statements some …

Why is my CV not working?

  • 09/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Seven Steps To CV Success

We all know that searching for jobs can be a daunting and even frustrating experience, which will often leave you wondering why you’ve not seen anything more than an email thanking you for your application. Well don’t be disheartened, it could well be solved by something as simple as making a few changes to your CV. With these Seven Steps to Success I’m sure you’ll be on the commute to your new job in no time.  The next few steps could give you the edge on the other …

What should I include in my Cover Letter?

  • 09/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Making A Good First Impression With Your New Employer

Mastering how to write a good cover letter can make a big difference when applying for jobs. There are several essential parts to a cover letter and with a little practice it will become second nature. For the meantime, here are a few simple steps to give you a helping hand:

Start off with the formatting-

  • First off, make sure your name and address are clearly visible, placing them in the top right corner. Be sure to include your email address and telephone number underneath your …

CV FAQs

  • 09/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • CV Tips And Advice For Candidates

Want a quick summary of what should go in a CV? Read on for some handy hints and advice, to help you give your career a boost.

Q: What core information should I include on my CV?
A: Every CV should consist of four core subjects, which are:
1)              Contact Details
2)              An Introduction / Summary