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Unique CVs written for unique individuals that meet the exacting demands of today's recruitment professionals.
 
 

“I have managed to secure a role as a Warehouse Manager for DHL at the Jaguar/Landrover site in Speke, Liverpool.  That was possible by your excellent CV and covering letter that you produced for me.  May I take this opportunity to thank you for such an excellent service at a very reasonable cost during a difficult period of unemployment.”
Graeme Hurst, Warehouse Manager.

 


Interview Tips

1) In the estate agency business the key phrase is ‘location, location, location’, in interviews it’s ‘preparation, preparation, preparation’. Make sure you know your skills, attributes and strengths, and your CV by heart. Research the company by using the internet, or phone and ask for the information, speak to the interviewer if possible, it shows interest, initiative and enthusiasm. Show them you know their business.
2) Check you know where the company is located and you are confident you know how to get there, by whatever means. Use multimap, check train and bus times and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive there early. There are no excuses for being late for an interview (except death, possibly!). If it’s an early start and a long way to travel consider staying overnight so you are fresh for the interview.
3) Dress smartly and conservatively, no garish colours, and not too much jewellery ladies/gents unless it relates to the job role e.g. fashion designer.
4) Take copies of your CV in case the interviewer has forgotten theirs or there is an additional person, and one for yourself to refer to. Take in a list of questions you would like to ask, then tick them off as you go along.
5) Be polite and friendly to all those you come in contact with in the company including the receptionist, whether they are or not!
6) If you have to wait, use the time productively to read any literature lying around, company reports, newsletters etc, you may learn something that may help you in the interview.
7) When you greet the interviewer smile, shake hands firmly, but not too firmly gents!, it’s not a test of strength, but not like a wet fish either, and make eye contact.
8) Wait to be asked to sit down, then make yourself comfortable. Sit up straight, don’t slouch, place your hands in your lap, and preferably sit with your legs uncrossed. Don’t fidget, bite your fingernails, fiddle with your hair, fingers, ring or whatever as it makes you look nervous.
9) Although you may be nervous, this is quite natural, and don’t forget the interviewer may be nervous too as they may not have much experience in conducting interviews. To help stay calm remind yourself that they are the ones with a problem, they have a position that needs filling. Your job is to convince them that you have the skills and attributes to fill that position. If you lost a job for whatever reason and are unemployed, make sure you have an answer ready before the interview, because the question will come up, be assured. Answer confidently, making eye contact, and then steer the conversation away to more positive aspects of yourself.
10) Take a few seconds before you answer a question to gather your thoughts, it’s okay to think. Then answer confidently, clearly and concisely. If you don’t have an answer, be honest and say so (preferably only once throughout the interview), or if you don’t understand don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat the question. Don’t worry, interviewers do ask stupid questions from time to time! Once you have answered and the interviewer is silent, don’t panic and gabble on regardless. Wait patiently for the next question. Silence is okay. Sometimes it’s a trick interviewers use to put you off your guard. Don’t play the game. They may be thinking about your answer or their next question.
11) Don’t be afraid to ask questions as the interview proceeds, rather than waiting until the end. It will help you have some control of the interview and shows your paying attention and taking interest. Remember the interview is as much about deciding whether the job is right for you, as it is about the company deciding whether you are right for the job. They will be asking you some pretty searching questions, so do the same. Questions like, Why is there a vacancy? How long has the company been in business? How much profit did the company make last year? show that you are a serious applicant who is concerned about his/her future career.
12) Ask yourself at the end of the interview whether you have sold yourself satisfactorily. If you haven’t been given the chance because the interviewer has done most of the talking, it does happen, or there is something important you feel you would like to add, tell them! Once you walk out the room the opportunity is over. Normally they ask if you have any more questions. If all your questions have been answered, thank the interviewer and tell them no because they have answered them all, referring to your check list. This will make them feel good, and make you look good too, a win-win situation. Don’t ask a question just for the sake of it, it could end the interview on a low note. It’s okay to say no.
13) Finally ask the interviewer what the next stage of the interviewing process is. Will there be second interviews? If so, when? When will they be able to let you know if you have been successful or not? How will they let you know? Letter, email or telephone?
14) When the interview is over, thank the interviewer for their time. If you didn’t think it went well try not to show this as it may have gone better than you think. Go in with a smile and leave with a smile, first and last impressions are vital.
15) Afterwards, the next day or so, go through the interview to see where you could improve your interview techniques. Learn from your mistakes, so you get it right next time!
16) Remember these are only guidelines, not set in stone, so be flexible, open-minded and, most importantly, be yourself.
Good luck!!