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Category Archives: Interview

Interview preparation

I have previously emphasised the importance of the interview phase of a process in another BCL Blog (have a look!) but it is a topic that has become particularly prominent of late as a number of our clients are running increasingly competitive and focussed processes.

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A disappointing offer?

10 per cent legal recruitment recently published an article relating to clients and whether or not making a job offer that matches a candidate’s current salary is ever a good idea. They estimate that for every 10 job offers at an existing salary level, eight

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When interviewing for a new role don’t make these mistakes…

I have just come off a call with a client who is looking for a high calibre senior level lawyer. On providing interview feedback this is where some of the ‘to be rejected’ applicants went wrong: 1. Low level ‘swearing’: In this particular instance it

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Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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Beat the rush

Where has the year gone? It’s nearly December and all the Christmas shoppers are out scurrying around buying last minute deals and with the big freeze on, those commutes to work just seem to be getting longer and longer which can often take a toll

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An interview classic: Why do you want to be an in-house lawyer?

“Why do you want to be an in-house lawyer?” This question is not only one of the more frequently asked questions that are posed in interviews but importantly, the answer that an individual offers provides a tremendous amount of insight into the type of character,

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Autumn rises… Not so much autumn falls

The spring / summer brought about a real air of uncertainty as we fast approached the prospect of Brexit and what impact it was going to have on the residential property market, let alone how it could make an impact on our everyday lives, social

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How to recruit the best candidate for the job

Tell your recruiter what you need! Tell them why you need it and tell everyone why it’s great to be part of your business. It may sound obvious but you’d be amazed at how many hiring managers do not see the value in talking through

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Feedback is key!

The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior action or behaviour from an individual. Feedback is a very important part of the recruitment process for a number of reasons; however it is not uncommon for feedback to not be

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The importance of interview questions

When you think of leaving your current work place there could be many reasons, the commute, the way your current firm runs or perhaps the fact that you just need a fresh start and a new challenge. When you interview an interviewer asks questions in

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Sometimes the only choice can be the best choice – recruitment in a buoyant legal market

Recruitment is a fickle business; when times are good and employers are recruiting, it is invariably the case that high calibre and relevant candidates are hard to come by. Similarly, when times are less good and job opportunities are in short supply, you can guarantee

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Autumn is here…

I love this time of year! The days are getting shorter but the sun gets brighter as it breaks through the icy cold clouds of Autumn and Winter. There’s a crisp chill in the air and a myriad of colourful leaves falling to the ground.

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