Resources, hints & tips for success
Many people consider temporary assignments for various reasons from a stop gap short term option, medium to longer term and as an ongoing lifestyle decision. Temporary work is a great way to broaden your skills, experiences and understanding of different organisations whilst earning competitively and retaining flexibility to suit you.
Key Personnel work with many organisations on a partnership basis and can offer Senior Candidates Interim Jobs / Assignments that will match your skills, experiences, interests and availability. Many of our Interim Jobs are never advertised and if you are interested in Interim roles, please contact us to discuss further.
Key Personnel are one of the largest permanent recruitment specialists in our office locations and we work in partnership with a large variety of clients across many sectors.
We have developed an exceptional reputation for our permanent recruitment services and many of our clients exclusively work with Key Personnel based upon our expertise to attract and recruit the right candidates, with the right skills at the right time.
Our consultants take a considerable amount of time to understand permanent job seekers needs, aspirations and longer term career objectives and utilise the candidate interview, assessment and 1-1 consultancy process to equip candidates with the tools to be successful at interviews.
In a competitive job market it is very important for candidates to be fully prepared for the client interview and the process starts when we first meet you.
The Successful Steps to Securing that Job Offer
Be Prepared and Undertake Employer Research Before Your Interview
Key Personnel have a team of specialist permanent recruitment consultants who will provide you with a full understanding of the client’s requirements, the job description, person specification and much more to help you stand out on the day.
To maximise your chances of securing that job offer, it is equally important for you to invest some time to undertake research about the client before your interview - clients expect you to show a keen interest and understanding of their business:
- Research the business, the company’s products or services, the company objectives, vision and values of the business, understand the marketplace and be aware of competitors
- Be prepared for being asked questions about your knowledge of the company
- Be prepared for to be questioned on how you can contribute to the company and be successful in the role you are applying for, why are you applying for the role and what makes you the best candidate
- Ensure that you are familiar with your CV and career history with an emphasis on how your skills and experiences match the client’s job and person requirements.
- Remember that it is natural to have some degree of nervousness, however, being well prepared will ensure that you are confident and maximise your chances of success.
Your consultant will work very hard to ensure you are well prepared to give yourself the best possible chance of a successful job offer - we have helped thousands of candidates find their next role and we take great pride in our service to you.
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Impressions are shaped from the first moment and therefore it is important that you make a favourable impression. Arrive at the client’s premises 10 minutes before your interview is scheduled to begin, dress in appropriate business attire and when you meet the interviewer greet him or her in a professional and confident manner. It is important to build rapport from the first moment you meet, maintain good eye contact and a smile goes along way to building favourable first impressions.
Remember to be polite, professional and friendly form the moment you walk through the client’s door - receptionists, secretaries and work colleagues of the interviewer may be asked a 'first opinion’ - make it count!
From the beginning, it is important to develop rapport with the interviewer and listen very closely to the questions you are asked. Reply confidently with succinct and focused answers to the questions. The interviewer’s objective is to establish your suitability for the role and the company, therefore it is important that you communicate information about yourself ensuring that your skills, experiences, attributes and competencies are presented in the most positive and relevant fashion.
You may be interviewed by more than one person and if this is the case be sure to communicate with all people in the room when answering questions via good eye contact.
Remember that planning for an interview will go along way to presenting your suitability in a 'stand out’ way, fail to prepare then prepare to fail.
Summary and Closing the Interview
It is important to leave a favourable impression with the interviewer. You may have the opportunity to summarise and reaffirm your interest in the role, smile, express your interest and thank the interviewer for their time and that you look forward to hearing from your consultant soon.
By taking the time to prepare yourself for your interview, you can be more confident on the day and give yourself the best chances of securing the opportunity and role.