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Job Interview – The follow up

With employers interviewing multiple candidates for one position it is important that candidates interviewing make a great first impression but that first impression is just as important as the follow up after your interview.

The interview is complete, you felt it went well and you are keen on securing the position so what do you do now. We have included a quick template for you to send to the employer, following your interview.

If you would like further tips then get in touch with one of our consultants, we would love to support you on your journey in securing your dream role.

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Key signs it’s time to look for a new job!

It happens to all of us, and we are all entitled to an off day at work but what’s the difference between one of those off days to a mere sign you need to start looking for a new job!

  1. You complain about your work:

You often find yourself complaining about work to either colleagues, friends, or family. When you talk about work there seems to be more negatives than positives. If you are finding it hard to feel positive about work in general and feel you constantly need to let of steam or complain then perhaps its a sign to look for pastures new.

  • Those Monday Blues:

We all have them; you have just had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend then reality hits and its back to work for another week. Everyone experiences this from time to time but if you are dreading going in to work each Monday and you feel anxious about the prospect of going to work each week then maybe it is something more than those Monday Blues.

  • The challenge:

Everyone needs to be kept motivated in their job role, its that motivation that makes us ensure we do a fantastic job but what if that is lacking and simply you find you are not being challenged enough. If you are finding the position boring or find yourself twiddling your fingers a lot throughout the day perhaps a new challenge is in order.

  • The almighty career ladder:

Are you wanting to build on your career, build your skillset and gain more experience and feel you have learnt everything you possibly can in your current position? Maybe progression is on the cards, but what if there is no progression in your current job. Lack of progression or lack of a clear path to your career goals could mean its time to switch up and change.

  • Company Struggles:

You love your job and your colleagues and you enjoy going in to work each morning, but the news your employer is financially struggling. It is one of those catch 22 moments, on one hand you absolutely love your job but on the other having job security is majorly important to you. Weighing up the options on this one is a must but if job security is at the top, then maybe jumping ahead of the game and looking for a new job before redundancies kick in may be on the cards.

There could be many reasons and signs which say its time to move on and jump ship but if this is something you are unsure on then, speaking to a local agency could help. An agency can assist talking you through the current job market, help you with your CV and assist you in applying for jobs ultimately giving you more options.

Agencies can also assist with negotiating new employment contracts for you and supporting you through handing in your notice, being an ear to listen to and offer advice when needed.

If you would like support in finding a new job or want to test the waters, then have a chat with one of our friendly and confident consultants here and Direct Response and see how we can help.

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The Perfect Interview

In today’s highly competitive job market, facing an interview is more vital than ever. The difference between landing your dream job and returning to the drawing board often lies in your ability to navigate the interview process effectively. But what does the perfect interview look like?

1. Preparation is Key

In the context of an interview, preparation is not merely about researching the company or the role but understanding how your skills, experience, and personality align with the company’s values and job requirements.

Research the Company: Understand their mission, values, culture, and recent accomplishments. This will help you tailor your responses to show how you can contribute to their goals.

Understand the Role: Analise the job description thoroughly. Identify the key skills required and prepare examples from your past experiences that demonstrate these skills.

Prepare Your Questions: Asking thoughtful questions reflects your genuine interest in the role and the company.

2. First Impressions Matter

Your arrival time, attire, and initial greeting can set the tone for the rest of the interview.

Arrive Early: Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time.

Dress Appropriately: Research the company culture and dress accordingly. When in doubt, err on the side of formality.

Be Polite and Positive: Begin with a firm handshake, maintain eye contact, and don’t forget to smile.

3. Mastering the Art of Communication

The perfect interview isn’t just about answering questions correctly; it’s about communicating effectively.

Listen Actively: Before responding, ensure you understand the question. If unsure, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.

Answer Concisely: Provide clear, concise, and structured responses. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to frame your answers.

Show Enthusiasm: Your passion for the role and the industry should be evident in your responses.

4. Be Yourself

Remember, the interview is not just about assessing your skills and experience. It’s also about seeing if you’re a cultural fit for the company.

Show Authenticity: Be honest about your experiences, strengths, and weaknesses. Authenticity resonates with interviewers.

Showcase Your Personality: Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Companies value diverse teams with unique perspectives.

5. The Follow-up

The perfect interview doesn’t end when you walk out of the room.

Follow Up: If you haven’t heard back within the stipulated time, don’t hesitate to follow up with the recruiter.