Conducting an interview isn’t easy. In fact, even though the content of the interview is mainly coming from the person you are interviewing, the responsibility for guiding and making it worthwhile comes from the interviewer. It is more than just asking questions. So here are our top tips you can use to run a great interview for you and your candidate: Ask questions that relate to skills If someone is interviewing for an administration or front of house role then ask about things they do outside of work that show organization. You can learn a lot about someone this way and whether they would be a good fit for the job. Explain the stages At the start of an interview explain how it will work. A typical interview follows this format: Introducing the role and company Interviewer asks questions about skills Candidate has opportunity to ask questions Show candidate around office and introduce the team Let the candidate do the talking Although you are going to want to make sure you lead the interview, it is said that the interviewer should only be doing 30-40% of the talking. The rest of the time should be filled by the candidate answering questions or them being shown around. Culture fit it is important to make sure the candidate is a good culture fit for your workplace. Try to ask them questions about their hobbies and interests to work this out. Introducing them to the team in a tour of the office is also a good way to do this as the team can help you judge if they will get along with a person well. Take notes whether it’s when a candidate is talking so that you can write a question to ask them later, or to make note of their answers so you can clearly remember what they said, this is important. Remember, an interview is a conversation not an interrogation! A candidate is likely to be nervous, even if they put on a convincing confident mask. Make sure they you word the questions as a conversation by asking them to expand on their answers. Try not to quick fire a question at them as soon as they answer another one. If you’re looking to hire someone then get in touch with Swanstaff. Our expert recruiters across the UK will be able to help an advise you.
So you completed your interview and whether it went badly or went well there are three things you now need to do. In fact, the worst thing you can do is to not do anything at all. Follow up You should always follow up after an interview. If it went well then it is great to follow up to make sure they remember you and if it went badly, this is your opportunity to make amends. If it went well you can send a thank you note similar to the following template: Dear----- I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me earlier and interviewing me for the role of ------. I really enjoyed meeting and speaking to you about the role. If you have any further questions you’d like to ask me, please feel free to give me a call on ------ or pop me an email and I’d be happy to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you Thank you again If it didn’t go quite as well as you hoped you can base it off the following thank you note template: Dear ----- I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me earlier and interviewing me for the role of -------. Whilst I really enjoyed meeting you, I don’t feel that I made the best first impression and would really like to apologise and make up for this. I feel I could have answered -------- better by explaining --------. If you have any other questions you’d like to ask me, please give me a call on ------- or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you Thank you again You can send it as an email, a handwritten note or even come up with something more creative and fitting to the company you are applying to. Don’t stop job searching Even if you think you nailed it and the job is yours, it is always worth continuing your job search for many reasons. For one, you may find a better job to apply for. You may also find that you don’t get the job you interviewed for or that their hiring process drags on and you can find a better opportunity in the meantime. For whatever reason, it is vital to make sure that you continue your job search so that you don’t miss out on great roles that might be out there. Review how it went It is really important to take each interview as an opportunity to learn and grow. You need to think about what went well and what didn’t, how can you improve on the negatives? Was there something you did not have enough knowledge on, or a question you struggled to answer? Knowing these things will help you see where you can improve so you do better in future interviews. If you’re looking for a new job then please get in touch with your local Swanstaff team today!
So your CV cinched an interview, the interview impressed your potential employers and you got an offer from your dream job. Now all you have to do is get through your first day and make sure that all important first impression is a good one. You might be feeling nervous, but don’t worry, we have four simple tips that you can use to make sure your first day goes smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons. Dress to Impress Looks aren’t everything but it is proven that when you look good, you feel good. Feeling good will make you more confident and let’s face it, everyone gets those first day nerves so you’re going to need the added confidence boost. Make sure you know the office dress code and plan your outfit in advance. You could even get it out and ready the night before to make sure you don’t have a panic finding it in the morning. Be Prepared Just like you had to prepare for an interview, you need to be sure you have everything you might need for your first day. Make sure you have a good knowledge of your new role and company (If you’re not sure how to research a company, check out our blog which will help guide you in the right direction). It is also worth bringing a pen. Though they will have plenty, it’s good to have it if you’re asked to sign or write something. There’s no harm in being prepared. Don’t forget that you can always speak to the person who hired you if you’re not sure what to bring. Be Punctual Have everything you need for your first day ready the night before. You need to make sure you get a good night’s sleep and you don’t want to wake up and rush around. Make sure you know your journey to work and do a practise run if you’re not confident on the route. It’s worth leaving a little earlier to give you time for train cancellations and other typical work journey troubles! Get Involved Start as you mean to go on! You don’t have jump into doing anything too drastic but make sure you ask lots of questions and offer to help where you can. Being proactive makes a great first impression. If you have a quiet moment where you haven’t been given something, take that time to organise yourself or ask someone if you can help out in any way. This could be anything from scanning things at the printer to answering the phones for someone. Just show that you are willing to help. If you’re looking for a new job then check out our branch locator to find your nearest Swanstaff team. Our expert recruiters will be able to help and offer advice, so all you have to worry about is those first day nerves!
So it’s the New Year. The time for making plans and resolutions for what we want 2018 to be. If one of your resolutions is to look for new jobs in the New Year then you are one of the one in four Brits planning this move. So with that in mind here are our top tips to help you find your dream new job in 2018. CV Spruce Up At the beginning of the year, recruiters and employers are swamped with applications from lots of people with the same idea as you. With 1 in 4 looking for a new job it’s important to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. Take the time to tailor your CV to the roles you are applying for. You can do this by using keywords from the job advert and ensuring you personalise your cover letter. Know How to Network Recruiters and employers are using social networks more and more to advertise positions and source talent. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and that you are connected with as many people in the companies you want to work with as possible. This will give you a better chance of seeing the roles advertised first. Be Prepared Whether it’s for an over the phone interview or a face-to-face, make sure you are prepared. I don’t mean you need to have carefully rehearsed answers for every question they might ask, but making sure you have a good understanding of the role and the business will make your interview more efficient and help you to come across more professional. Speak To An Expert Get advice from a specialist recruiter. It’s their job to know the industry you work in and they will be able to advise and guide you to help you find a new job. They can help you to improve your CV and put you forward for multiple roles. If you would like one of our specialist recruiters to help you find a new job for the New Year, you can find your local branch here.
2018 has arrived and whilst most people are looking forward to the year ahead, we’re asking you to look back at 2017. By taking this time to reflect you can see all the difficulties you’ve faced and overcome, as well as the things you have accomplished. Look back at everything from your career, to your personal choices and to the things you could have done differently. Now ask yourself these questions: What really inspired me, or changed my outlook this year? What did I achieve that I am most proud of? What am I most grateful for this year? What was harder than expected and how did I overcome it? What new skills or career developments did I gain or see? Did I add to my CV? How did I surprise myself this year? Did I achieve something I didn't expect to? What negatives did I face and how did I get passed them? What was the kindest thing I did for a work colleague? How did I make a difference to a charity or cause I care about in 2017? What did I start and not complete? Could I do it in 2018 instead? After asking yourself all these questions, you can maybe better understand what you would like your goals to be in 2018. If you’re wondering how to make goals and stick to them, check out this blog. If one of your 2018 goals is to find a new job then get in touch with our fantastic specialist recruiters here.
So you’ve decided you want a new job. You’ve sent your CV out and interviewed and bagged yourself that offer. You accept it and hand in your notice at your current job. Maybe you’re sad to be going, maybe not. Then your boss throws in a curveball. They counter offer. This counter offer may be more than what you’re going for or match it. Should you accept? Only you can really decide but here are the things you should consider: Why were you looking to leave? If you were feeling underappreciated or underpaid, does this new offer fix that? If you’re feeling underappreciated then maybe you need to ask why they wait until you were leaving to offer you a better deal? What does this counter offer give you that your new potential company does not? Which offer gives you the most opportunities? Look at the potential for growth and training in both offers. Being given the opportunity to grow and develop can make all the difference in your happiness in a job. How does this counter offer make you feel? Do you feel excited that you will be able to stay in your current job? Your feelings and reaction to hearing the counter offer will tell you a lot about whether you should go for it. Who has made the better offer? Sometimes, the highest offer isn’t always the best when you take into account the full package. Consider opportunities, training, perks and social benefits of the roles. Ultimately the choice of whether or not to accept a counter offer is down to you however it is worth bearing all of these things in mind when making your decision. If you’re looking for a new role you can download our app here or here. Or click here to find your local branch and speak to one of our expert recruiters.
As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 it’s no secret that the New Year is often a busy time for recruitment. So how can you make sure your recruitment efforts in 2018 are successful? Here are our top tips! Candidate Surge Did you know that one in four employees are preparing to change jobs in the New Year? With this record figure it’s unsurprising that there will be many companies whose recruitment processes will not be prepared to deal with this. It is worth considering using an agency to narrow the candidates down to the most relevant one’s for you. Introducing AI As many people are already aware, AI is a new technology that is going to take the world by storm in 2018. It can be brought into the recruitment process and a number of well-known companies are already using it.Whilst some people may find the idea of it a little daunting it’s actually relatively simple. Essentially algorithms will be able to see if the candidate is a good enough fit to move to the next phase, saving time and significantly improving the hiring process. This will allow you to spend less time weeding out the candidates that don’t fit and spend more time on those that do, ultimately improving productivity. We expect many companies will embrace the use of algorithms in 2018. Stand Out Making sure that you stand out as an employer in 2018 will be vital. One way you can do this is using testimonials and a careers section on your website. Try to show your company culture and include video testimonials. These are great for encouraging people thinking of joining your company. If you’re looking to hire a specialist recruiter, check out our Branch Locator to speak to your local team.
So you’ve not found your dream job yet and on top of that it’s now freezing cold every day with a lot less daylight hours. It is easy to understand why your motivation and positivity might have taken a hit. You could be suffering from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which causes a number of symptoms such as low energy levels, low self-esteem and anxiety. This disorder affects 29% of adults according to research from The Weather Channel and YouGov. Alison Kerry, from the mental health charity MIND, says: “With SAD, one theory is that light entering the eye causes changes in hormone levels in the body. In our bodies, light functions to stop the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making us wake up. It’s thought that SAD sufferers are affected by shorter daylight hours in the winter. They produce higher melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of depression.” So how can you fight SAD and not let it make you feel blue during your job search? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” So the winter blues may be affected by daylight. Boost your positivity and productivity when job hunting by moving your computer or job searching work station to somewhere with plenty of daylight. Schedule breaks where you physically leave the house and go outside for walks. Even if you only go as far as your local shop, it’s better than nothing and this can make a massive difference to your mood. “You deserve this!” It is important to reward yourself when you things go well. Whether you’ve got that call back you were waiting for, got an interview booked or filled out a particularly complicated application you should congratulate yourself for doing things well! You could reward yourself with a couple of hours watching a movie or catching up with friends. It doesn’t matter what it is just as long as it makes you feel good so you can return to job hunting feeling refreshed and motivated. “Make good food choices!” When you are already feeling sorry for yourself it is very easy to reach for those bad foods but try to make better choices and you will feel better in the long run. If you are desperately craving chocolate then maybe reach for the dark chocolate as an option. It is a much better choice than other chocolate types! You could also snack on fruits or nuts. Make sure you are taking proper breaks to eat otherwise you may end up eating more than you intended whilst working on something. “Be active and social!” Staying active is really important. Although this doesn’t necessarily help your job search directly it will help to release endorphins which will improve your mood. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, it just needs to get your heart rate up. You can always use this as an opportunity for being social as well. You could do a class with a friend, or go on a bike ride with a friend. Just try to leave the house and not look at the same 4 walls. If you’re looking for a job then why not check out our job board here or get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch using this link here.