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  1. Job Interview Tips for 2019!

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    Let’s be honest; job interviews can be really nerve racking. You have spent time researching the company, the job role and preparing yourself for every question possible. All you have to do now is get the job; easier said than done we know!

    We are here to help, so here are our top job interview tips for 2019:

    • Try to gain as much information as possible about what to expect at interview. This will ensure you are prepared. There is nothing worse than being interviewed by a number of people when you were only expecting one.
    • Research the company. They would be very disappointed, if you have not, given how easy it is to obtain information with today’s technology.
    • Research the interviewer – Linked In is a good starting point.
    • Be confident. Your CV, skills and experience have got you through the door, so remember this!
    • Be punctual but not too early. If you are really early, do not go in until about 15 minutes before the interview time.
    • Plan your route or even do the journey prior to the actual interview.
    • Give a firm hand shake.
    • Be smart and comfortable. Your opinion of smart maybe different from someone else’s, so gain advice on what you plan to wear.
    • Ensure your clothing is appropriate for the time of year and temperature. If you have a long journey and the weather is really warm, take a change of top/shirt. If you feel uncomfortable at the interview, this will have a negative impact on your confidence.
    • Ensure your aftershave/perfume is not overpowering. You do not want this to be the only thing they remember about you!
    • If you obtained the interview via a recruitment agency, get as much information from them as you can. It is in a consultant’s best interest to provide you with as much information as possible, even down to the personality of the interviewer. They should know a lot about the company they are recruiting for.
    • Be polite to everyone you meet; the receptionist may have a say in the recruitment decision.
    • Make natural eye contact.
    • Ensure you have allowed plenty of time for the interview and do not have other appointments that maybe on your mind during interview. Also, make sure where applicable you have put enough money in the parking meter. May sound silly, but this will play on your mind during interview.
    • Have questions prepared. These can be very generic, but it highlights you are interested in the company and position.
    • Take your time and listen to the questions being asked.
    • Ensure your posture and body language represents your interest and openness. Leaning back on a chair with folded arms will give the wrong impression.
    • Do not be over confident, but an interview is a two-way thing. The company, position and their values have got to be right for you, so find out about this. A good question to ask could be what the departments/company’s current length of service is. If the interviewer does not know, they should and if it is very low, you could form an opinion of this.
    • If the interviewer does not give closure to the interview, make sure you say, “It has been great meeting with you. When should I expect feedback?”
    • If you feel it is appropriate, given the flow of the interview after the interview, send the interviewer an email or LinkedIn message, thanking them again for their time and providing your positive feedback if applicable!

     

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  2. New Year, New Job…Start Looking Now!

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    Christmas is here! The time of frantically running around the shops, writing out Christmas cards, watching the same old Christmas classics and eating way too much! But what about job searching?

    It is very common for people put their job searches on hold over the Christmas period for a number of reasons; such as wanting to spend time with family and friends, being busy with Christmas get togethers & parties, using the time off to relax & catch up on some much-needed sleep, or thinking employers won’t be looking for new staff at this time.

    However, businesses do still look for new talent over the Christmas period and you could be missing out if you don’t start looking for your new job now! While most people are taking a break from work over Christmas and New Year, the Christmas holiday can be a great time to search for jobs, prepare applications and perfect your interview skills.

    Here are just some reasons why Christmas is a good time to find a new job for 2019:

    • A lot of people save their job hunt for January, which means there is a huge rush of job seekers looking for new jobs after Christmas. Beat this rush and get in there first!
    • There are a lot of people who put their job search on hold over Christmas, which means less competition for you if you continue looking for a new role.
    • HR Managers are easier to reach as there are less people to deal with and they are always looking for potential applicants, so by beating the rush, your CV will stand more chance of being seen.
    • Christmas is also the end of the year, which means businesses may have hiring budget left to use before the end of the year and will want to make sure people start as early as possible in January to ensure that this budget in not lost.
    • It gives you time to make sure your CV is up to date and relevant for the job you are applying for. If you would like some useful hints & tips, read our blog here ‘Is My CV Okay?’ Invest time in your CV before pressing submit and think about what the person reading your CV wants to see. No matter your experience, skills or education, be proud of your CV and truly sell yourself.

     

    We wish you all the luck in the world with finding your new job for 2019! If you would like to see our current vacancies across Kent, visit our vacancies section here. Your perfect job may be waiting for you!