Posts by tag: Interviews

The UKs 50 Largest Company Career Sites

As a continuation of my post two months ago, a number of people have asked me if there are other large corporates with career pages they could look at. Last time round, I gave links to the Top 30 UK companies (by size), to try and help those who wanted a role in a UK blue-chip company that was also a highly recognisable brand.

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The UKs 50 Largest Company Career Sites

Get Over It – Leave Your Baggage At The Door

Many jobseekers are looking for a new role to escape their current situation. Stories of bullying, harassment, personality clashes, blame cultures, difficult individuals, poor management and tough team dynamics are unfortunately not uncommon.

Such circumstances are stressful, upsetting and very uncomfortable for most. Yet as a jobseeker you really need to focus on moving ‘toward’ a new position rather than ‘away’ from an old / current one.

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Get Over It – Leave Your Baggage At The Door

Bringing back the Personal Touch

As I mentioned in my last post, the recruitment process today is unfortunately not just face-to-face meetings, they can incorporate personality & numerical tests, company specific tests, online case studies etc. As you are not meeting anyone in person to do these, you need to make it count during the interview itself and leave a good impression afterwards. So how can you bring back the personal touch and make it last ?. Very easily and simply in my opinion, both as a candidate if you have an interview, and as an employer once you have found the right person for your job.

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Bringing back the Personal Touch

Psychometric Testing and the Interview Process

Along with case studies, formal presentations and assessment centres, interview tests are another tool in the box which many employers use to find the best candidate for the job. Psychometric tests which this post focuses on can be divided into two main categories – aptitude & ability testing and personality testing.

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Psychometric Testing and the Interview Process

Questions ‘not’ to ask during an interview

Last week I talked about not criticising your boss or previous employer in an interview, not lying about your work experience and not being closed or non-engaging with the interviewer amongst others. This blog is very much an extension to that theme, and covers questions you should not ask during an interview (for a list of good questions to ask, see my blog here on the topic). I think this is a great topic to explore further as there is so much content on the internet about what questions are acceptable to ask, and hardly any about what you should not ask. Everyone wants to do well in an interview so they can hopefully secure a job offer at the end of it

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Questions ‘not’ to ask during an interview

Company Research – It’s not that hard, honest

If you happen to secure an interview with a company that is stock-market listed, company research is even easier in my view. I recommend you visit the relevant stock exchange websites as a starting point (eg The London Stock Exchange for UK companies or Nasdaq or NYSE for US ones). There are also more user-friendly company research sites for companies here in the UK such as Digital Look or the Financial Times.

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Company Research – It’s not that hard, honest

Regain The Recruitment Balance Of Power

I want you to remember that the “decision to hire” is a real leveller to the balance between the applicant and recruiter:Taking on a new person is a risk. The size of the risk will be determined by the position being recruited and / or the size of the organisation, but a risk nevertheless.

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I’m Not A Salesman I’m British!

Whenever I prepare a candidate for interview, nine times out of ten they will declare that they are uncomfortable ‘selling’ themselves. Just by presenting yourself in your best light for the duration of the interview, doesn’t mean you will be perceived as the next Max Clifford of self promotion.

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