Posts by Category: Interviews

Attitude: Your Biggest Job Search Advantage

“Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

In all of my years of recruiting whether directly, in an agency or as an internal consultant, the candidate’s ‘attitude’ has been the one constant success-determining factor.

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Attitude: Your Biggest Job Search Advantage
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The Job Description & Interview Success

For anyone seeking a new role, understanding job descriptions are a key element of interview preparation – alongside gathering company information, researching interviewers background, finding out the style of interview, knowing if there will be psychometric tests etc. Ensuring you have a comprehensive job description from your recruitment consultant or direct from an employer will give you many clues about the questions you are likely to be asked should you be lucky enough to secure an interview.

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‘eLearning – Stand out in the Job Market Crowd

The current employment climate ensures that job candidates have it tougher than ever. The recession is arguably still with us, unemployment isn’t going away, and many jobs are moving abroad.

It was in this context that Innovate CV TV spoke to Femi Yusoof, Partnership Manager at Sarina Russo Job Access. As you can see from the video, we discussed a range of issues with the recruitment champion and job search specialist.

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‘eLearning – Stand out in the Job Market Crowd

Questions Anyone?

There are two types of questions in the job search: those they ask you and those you pose Leslie Fearn has covered “Ten questions you should ask at interview” as well as“Questions ‘not’ to ask during an interview” already on approachthemarket, so let’s put you back under interrogation and help you prepare for the quick fire round.

The very best way to prepare is to practice. No not by just reading through, which 99% of you would do, but by getting someone to ask you a selection of questions on the spot.

This is an invaluable exercise as it gets you to hone your listening skills and invites feedback. Yes you may find it embarrassing and /or uneasy, but that’s the point. The better you are at coping with the uncomfortable, the better you will perform when required.

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Questions Anyone?

Time Travel And The Job Search

As a child I loved to watch Dr. Who on TV from behind the settee. Even now, I love to snuggle on the sofa with my own kids as they peep out from under its cushions to watch the adventures of the Time Lord. It has certainly stood the test of time for me and yet as a Recruiter, I find time a challenge just as destructive as any of the Cybermen or Daleks Dr. Who has to face.

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Time Travel And The Job Search

It’s Not What You Say But The Way That You Say It?

Your elocution lessons for today:

“L, L, L, T, T, T, D, D ,D. Little tiny dinosaurs are dancing up and down.”

“B, P, B, P, W,W,W, Mmmmmm. Big pigs wallow in mud!”

No, I haven’t turned into Henry Higgins however, last week I did learn more about the power of speech when two completely separate events occurred. The first when a candidate lost a job because they spoke too quickly, the second when I read a superb and personal blog post from someone I met on twitter.

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It’s Not What You Say But The Way That You Say It?

Flexibility Is Name Of The Game

Meeting new candidates on a weekly basis is all part of my role, and one topic which always comes up in conversation is “Flexibility”, and more importantly, what it means to different people. I often find people asking me in general terms how they can get access to more roles, and whilst there are tentative signs of an improving job market, nothing can be guaranteed. One of the key areas I discuss with them is how flexible they are really prepared to be about their job search in terms of commuting time, salary expectation, types of role etc, and if they really need to be as strict as what they initially set out on paper. It is always worth reviewing your initial job search criteria, and whether those criteria are still valid one, two or even three months on.

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Flexibility Is Name Of The Game

We’re All In This Together – We Or I ?

Speaking to other recruiters and indeed employers, I know I am not alone on this. Candidates constantly talk about what their job entails by using the phrase ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ during conversation. I know that a lot of what people do is a team effort, and not everyone wants to take the limelight themselves, but as an interview is the very platform where you should be selling yourself and your skills, only 10% of people I meet or less actually consciously use the ‘I’ word instead of ‘we’.

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We’re All In This Together – We Or I ?