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Category Archives: Interview

The ultimate interview curveball question: What are your salary expectations?

Questions surrounding salary expectations can often be quite tricky to answer. From the perspective of the interviewer, the answer represents a benchmark figure to work from should things progress but it also can provide insight into an individual’s suitability for a role. On the other

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

So, we’ve sent your CV, it’s been viewed by hiring managers and they want to interview you! It’s all looking very positive and you’re now thinking about the interview process. How are you going to demonstrate to the interviewers that you’re the right choice for

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Are you a client recruiting? Your silence during the process speaks volumes

A frustration of mine (and I am sure every recruiter) is when a client goes AWOL and provides you with no contact during a recruitment campaign – no feedback or communication. As well as being upsetting/rude – you asked me to do work on your

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

What a fantastic evening was had by all at BCL Legal Birmingham’s annual NQ Careers Talk held at The Botanist on Thursday evening. Without an empty seat in the room, despite 80 mph gales and the onslaught of storm Doris, the seminar was a huge

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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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