Understand the job specification thoroughly, including salary details
Make sure you know where the company is located and who is going to interview you
DO NOT be late – leave yourself enough time to locate the correct office
Decide on an appropriate dress code
Make sure you are 100% familiar with your CV –it is always a good idea to take a copy with you unless otherwise told
Take a pen and paper to make notes
Prepare a list of questions relating to company, job itself, career prospects,training, how long company has been established, whether company has any competitors – the more original the better
What to Expect
The first few minutes of the interview is vital; - smile, eye contact and strong handshake is always the best introduction
Posture – don’t slouch
Don’t forget this is a time to sell yourself – be positive, informative and confident
Be prepared for a formal interview with maybe more than one person – maintain eye contact with all interviewers and remember to look interested, acknowledging all of them
Be prepared – they may ask you what you know about their company and the position for which you are applying for – the better prepared you are – the more impressive
You should be ready to discuss your work history and remember to relate your experience to the position you are applying for
Give full answers – not just yes and no, giving as much relevant information as possible – but don’t waffle
Be prepared to give scenario type examples e.g. most stressful situation and how you dealt with it – remember these are opportunities to sell yourself
Emphasise your key skills and qualities – you may even be asked about weakness but remember to turn that weakness into a positive e.g. a perfectionist may be slower but will always be accurate
A popular question is “Where do you see yourself in X years’ time?” Try not to be overly ambitious when answering this question – any secret desires to be a zookeeper should be kept hidden at this stage!
Always leave on a good note – thank them for their time and let them know how interested and suited you are for the position
and remember - ENTHUSIASM CAN BE THE DECIDING FACTOR!
With precautionary measures such as social distancing, the traditional interview process has been reimagined so we have put together our top 10 tips on how to succeed in your job search.It’s very likely for instance that your next interview will be online, so whether you have years of experience under your belt (or you are brand new to the market), with some best practice and preparation you can ensure you will shine as you would have face-to-face!Firstly, update your CVSounds obvious right? But you would be surprised how many do not review their CV to make sure it’s up-to-date. If you have finished a role for whatever reason then put this on your CV - sometimes it can work to your advantage as it could demonstrate you are available to start a new job immediately. Also, check your spelling and grammar carefully. It is always worthwhile having a family member, friend or recruitment consultant go over it to make sure it all makes sense and reads well.Make your CV online accessibleIt’s never been more important to ensure your CV is accessible on all popular CV databases, including but not limited to: Reed.co.uk, CV-library, Monster and Indeed. After all, how are people going to find you if you are not marketing yourself! Also, ensure your profile is up-to-date on LinkedIn and if you do not have a profile, then set one up - it is a very popular network tool for recruitment!Ensure you register with some reputable recruitment agenciesThese agencies have jobs on for a reason...they tend to be good agents! They will market your skills for you and be the first to know about great opportunities that may not reach job sites online. Google locally and find some with good reviews, then move onto their website to see what they are advertising. Vacancies are moving quickly at the moment so don’t despair if they don’t have your perfect role. If they are marketing similar opportunities, then it is very likely they work with businesses who will be seeking your type of skill-set ...
The pandemic is now defining the way we communicate, not only on a day-to-day basis but also in the way we communicate within the work place.Remote working is now the norm (previously most companies only used to offer this as a means of flexible working). It also requires a different mind-set as it needs greater discipline to avoid the pitfalls of team members feeling isolated.Now we are using applications such as zoom to run our day-to-day working lives, how do we get the best out of this new form of communication in order that we achieve the best results we can. A lot of this happened for companies without any form of transition - the good news id it’s new for a lot of us! Here are a few ideas we have been using on how to effectively communicate with our remote working team;A great many of us (including UEA) are used to working together as a tight knit team in an office environment - we are now separated, so first of all its essential that everyone has a sense of belonging - we are not together physically but we remain connected!Set your team up for success - give everyone clear and measurable goals so individuals know what they are striving to achieve. Make these goals clear and without ambiguity. These can then be evaluated and discussed in regular update and feedback meetings. Remember to praise good news stories!Communicate often - morning, and if possible afternoon and/or close of business. Everyone can feedback on achievements, areas of difficulty and then the whole team is able to support, give praise, empathy as well as advise on areas of concern.Managers need to be available to lead and motivate at all times - now more than ever! Check in with your team often - they will appreciate it.If you have large teams - can any individuals who are struggling have a “remote buddy”- someone they can call and voice concerns or bounce ideas on?Frequent individual check-ins also gives an opportunity to speak up – someone may not have decided to raise a problem in a ...
COVID-19. The pandemic that has caused the world to come to a halt before our eyes. For the first time since the 1900’s we have seen all of our luxuries been taken away, our shops, bars and work places. The pandemic has affected many people’s lives both good and bad. We have lost our freedom but have gained a gift you can’t put a price on - free time to spend either with our loved ones, talking or calling them. It is very important to keep in touch with friends and family during these times - if anyone needs some guidance or help, our phone lines are always open!In the UK an additional 1.5 million people have been given the chance to work remotely. Here at Uxbridge Employment Agency we have taken advantage of modern technology and have transformed the way we work in order to be as safe, productive and happy as we can. We have all connected up to our office computers from home, connected the main phone line to our mobiles and have all the information we need stored online on our laptops. During this time we knew it was key to stay connected and stay positive so we have regular morning meetings, these discuss our successes and our plans for the day. This has put an exciting spin on working from home which has kept us all motivated during these confusing times. One of the ways COVID-19 has affected UEA in a positive way is that we have reached out to hundreds of clients, candidates and potential job seekers in order to try and help as many people as we can. We have always celebrated the little wins, however now more than ever we appreciate when we call someone to check in on them and we get the same positivity back. As a team we realised that the world needs positivity more than ever, so we have contacted as many people as we can to try and shed some light onto someone’s day. We have also taken this time to work through our to-do lists and still power on to help our lovely candidates find jobs. Working from home has allowed us all time to focus on exactly what needs ...
Before I was granted my work experience placement at Uxbridge Employment Agency, I had to call my supervisor (Lauren) and ask whether or not I would have to have an interview. Luckily Lauren said that I didn’t have to have an interview but instead wanted to discuss everything on the phone, which I was NOT prepared for! We spoke about what hours I would work, what to wear, when my lunch break was and suddenly I was no longer nervous and felt more confident about working here.When told I was going to file and photocopy – honestly, I was not enlivened. But it turned out to be the best two weeks of my life. The work ethics and characteristics of everyone are truly amazing! Laughter fills the office as well as sudden outbursts of singing every 10 seconds – all whilst getting their work completed.Proud of their 50 year heritage – they really know their clients (first and second name!), when a job comes up, “Oh! Joe Bloggs would be perfect for that job!” and are always delighted when a client gets placed. Trying their best to place everyone to their suited salary in their expertise! If you’re looking for a job – Uxbridge Employment Agency is the location to head to!Being treated so well, I am truly appreciative for the experience I had learning how to: arrange interviews, send tests, adding documents to the database, sending references. But I think the two things that will benefit me the most were observing an interview and learning how to write a proper CV. Top notch tip: Use a small font.My initial few days I was doing everyone’s FOJ’s (mostly Joanna’s) adding clients to Bond and learning my way around the computers and the unpredictable printers. As well as recognising everyone who worked there, what they do, how they work and just across the board having a laugh.My second and final week flew by so quickly, making up a total of 140 candidate packs and printing out papers for a job fair. I was also taught how to produce posters for jobs and how to televise a job onto a ...
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