The day of your interview has arrived, you really want, you need this job. You’re nervously waiting in reception with all the other candidates for the interviewer to call your name, you’re thinking “are they more experienced than me? They look confident, they look like they are ready to go”. They may have what it takes to do the job, but can they smash this interview like you can?
Just like everyone else in their working life we all have to attend at least one dreaded job interview. If you want to succeed in the business world you have to climb the career ladder, having rivals at each interview, everyone wants that ‘great opportunity’ and to be successful. With almost all industries being highly competitive how do you stand out from other candidates and steal that job from under your competitions nose?
Just Recruitment has made a name for itself over the last 35 years, we aren’t just a recruitment company that helps people get a job, we get individuals the job. We provide candidates with CV and interview preparation tips, we provide them with the skills they need to get the job.
Here at Just Recruitment, we want you to succeed therefore we have detailed below the information you need to sail through the interview and secure that job.
Self-image is becoming increasingly important within the life of business, but on a scale of 1 – 10 how much thought do you put into creating a positive first impression?
In today’s fast-paced society, it only takes a couple of seconds for interviewers to judge your personal image and to know if you are the right person for that role. Typically, 60% of an interviewer’s decision is based on how you present yourself, 25% is your handshake, that leaves just 15% for the words we use.
Your CV may have gotten you through the door but now it’s time for your personality to shine.
We believe that projecting the correct corporate image is a definitive moment for all employers and in fact recruitment agencies too. First impressions are key, now that you are through the door you have to emphasise your “wow” factor.
How you communicate is crucial. Soft skills and good communication are just as, if not more important than the qualifications you have presented to the interviewers.
Key things you need to remember during the interview:
How do you want to be perceived? Think about how you are coming across when meeting new people.
What do you stand for? Do you know what your values are? If you are unsure, or you just presume that you make a good first impression, get your friends and family to test you and remember to get feedback.
First things first, be prepared. Your interviewer is a skilled business person, they know what they are looking for in a candidate.
It is astounding to know that many people show up to their interviews not prepared, not knowing the name of the potential employer, not doing their research. Here are some points to help you prepare.
Have a can-do attitude. It’s never a good start if you don’t look or sound happy to be there, a smile does go a long way.
Ensure you are punctual, arrive at least five – ten minutes early. The interviewer tends to keep people waiting it’s one of their many tactics so don’t sweat it.
If you are going to be late, let someone know as soon as possible whether it be your agency or the client themselves.
From the start of your application you are portraying who you are, therefore when you complete your application form ensure everything is filled out neatly and to the best of your ability. Don’t be lazy.
Again smile. A little smile never hurt anyone.
Make eye contact when speaking with your interviewer(s), try not to let your eyes wonder.
Conduct yourself as a strong individual and that you are there to secure the job.
You are there to sell yourself, accentuate your positives. Make the interviewers aware of the positives you can bring to the company if you were to secure the position.
When answering questions, ensure you are giving truthful answers and not eccentric lies, they will figure it out.
Lastly, remember you are selling yourself, you are marketing yourself and alerting them that your skills, attributes and your experiences are all relevant for the position and the culture of the client’s business.
Try your best to avoid answering questions with closed answers, instead of answering with a ‘yes or a no’ try and expand on your answer, engage with the questions.
Never insult or make derogatory remarks about your current or past employers.
Turn your phone on silent or switch it off! The dreaded ‘buzz’ of a ringing phone will dash any hopes of a second interview.
There’s no such thing as overdressing for an interview. Go in your best bib and tucker and you’ll never feel anything less than a decent candidate who’s keen to impress.
Always wear your smartest clothes, this demonstrates to the company and interviewer how keen you are on the job, you’re showing them that you know how to behave in their world.
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid!
Now the interview is coming to an end, if you are interested in the role it may be time to ask about the next interview stage(s) if applicable. If you are offered the job on the spot you don’t have to accept it right away, you can ask for time to think about your decision, it might be a good idea to ask them if they can wait until a certain date.
Don’t be discouraged or panic if you haven’t got a decision from the recruiters immediately, they probably have other interviews booked or they would like time to make their decision, after all they need to pick the appropriate candidate for the role.
Sometimes you may get the impression that you haven’t got the job, or you get the feeling that you haven’t impressed the recruiter, however, you may be surprised that interviewers don’t always convey their emotions and you may have successfully landed the role. Patience is a virtue.
Finally thank the interviewers for interviewing you and giving you this opportunity.
Now relax you’ve got this!
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Back Up Care is recruiting for a Care Coordinator for their Colchester Office to work on the busy Healthcare desk.
Previous experience in scheduling care and support staff would be preferred and a healthcare background is an advantage. You will be extremely confident and well-presented and be able to use your own initiative.
This position will involve working alongside the Office Manager, supporting them with the day to day running of the desk.
The role will include:
This requires you to work at an extremely fast pace, placing candidates into both temporary and permanent placements to match their qualifications, skills and experience.
There is a large amount of telephone calls liaison with candidates and clients, therefore excellent clear communicational skills are a must and excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
Other essential skills are:
28 days holiday including public holidays, increasing to 33 days after 2-year service.
If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV to email@example.com
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||£24,000 - £26,000 per annum|
Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on behalf of a company based in Braintree, Essex to assist its maintenance team in planned maintenance and breakdown repairs throughout the site.
You will ideally have gained experience within an industrial/heavy engineering environment.
The focus of this role is to ensure the smooth day to day running of the company wide machines and buildings.
The role will require close coordination with the maintenance team.
The main department responsibilities in this role are as follows:
Skills, Experience & Qualifications:
Candidates without these qualifications but who can demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience will be considered.
Hours of work:
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||Discussed on application|
Our client is seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Manager to join them on a permanent, full-time basis. This opportunity offers stability, longevity and professional development.
Reporting directly to the MD, the Quality Assurance Manager will be responsible for:
|Salary:||£22,000 per annum|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting a well-regarded organisation at the forefront of its sector that is looking to add a Customer Service Administrator to its team, due to growth – based on the outskirts of Halstead.
The main purpose of the role is to service current and prospective customers by receiving and processing orders, enquiries and general information in a timely and courteous manner.
Key tasks include:
Key requirements for the role:
Previous experience requirements:
Offering free parking and an excellent working environment, this is a great opportunity to join a growing team.
Working Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week - offering a competitive salary and company benefits.
|Sector:||Engineering and Manufacturing
|Salary:||£8.91 per hour|
Want to work in a safe, clean environment?
And have the possibility of ongoing work?
Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Temporary Production Operative to be based in Needham Market.
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
|Sector:||Transport, Logistics and Shipping
|Salary:||£24,000 per annum|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting, a well-regarded, family-run business on the outskirts of Ipswich.
You will be responsible for assisting with the loads out operation of the business by ensuring that the process from collection to arrival at the final destination is fully supported by the relevant goods in haulage documentation.
You will also be supporting the sales function of the business by dealing with customer queries in terms of both sales and operations as well as assisting with various ad-hoc marketing campaigns. This is a very varied role and requires flexibility, commitment and a substantial desire to learn and grow with the flourishing business.
Duties will include:
|Sector:||Law and Security
|Salary:||Up to £11.00 per hour|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting an established business, based in Witham looking to add a highly-skilled secretary to their long-standing team.
The role will involve, audio typing, preparing documents, answering the phone, dealing with enquiries and assisting colleagues as well as directing queries as needed.
Key responsibilities to include:
As well as having experience in a secretarial position, you will have audio typing experience and excellent typing skills. The role requires you to have a good level of IT literacy, experience of Word (essential) and Excel would be useful. You will take pride in your work and have a caring and sympathetic nature.
Please note this role is part-time.
This is a great opportunity, offering a good pay rate and company benefits.
|Sector:||Accountancy, Banking and Finance
|Salary:||£9.50 - £10.00 per hour|
Just Recruitment is delighted to be supporting, a well-regarded, family-run business on the outskirts of Sudbury.
They are looking to add an Accounts Assistant with payroll experience to their team.
Key duties include:
Knowledge of Xero and Microsoft Office would be advantageous, although Sage experience would be considered. Attention to detail, good time management skills, accuracy, approachable and reliability is a must.
Free parking is available on site, offering a competitive hourly rate and an excellent working environment.