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Category Archives: Interview tips

To leave, or not to leave: That is the question

How do I answer what my biggest weaknesses are in an interview?

I’ll set the scene… Candidate: *thinks* *Oh this is going fantastically well…* Interviewer: “Ok, so can you please tell me what your biggest weakness is?” Candidate: *That’s it, bomb dropped! Wait… I’ve got it “Oh I’m such a perfectionist!” Interviewer: Awkward silence; hay bail rolls

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Being the new guy

How to appear confident but not arrogant or cocky in an interview

Confidence is all fine and dandy when approaching an interview but your confidence can boil over and become something twisted and unrecognisable (even by yourself). It is imperative to remain humble and not overpower an interviewer with your pre-conceived sense of worth. In the words

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

Body language – how to make a great first impression at a job interview

Interviews can be stressful (even when they go really well). The fear of the unknown is naturally something that we all struggle with. Very few of us have the composure of a cucumber before stepping foot in to an interview room. When we feel under

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Working from home – benefits for the employee

Interview do’s and don’ts

As a recruiter, one of the best bits about my job is making a call to someone telling them they’ve been offered a job they really want. On the other hand, one of the worst parts is telling someone who really wants a job they’ve

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NQ Solicitor Interviews

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! We’ve all heard this cliché time and time again; however it’s never truer than at 1st interview stage. In this line of work, it is clear to see the difference between a candidate who has prepared and one

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview tips for solicitors

As a legal recruiter, I talk candidates through their interview preparation every day. I often find myself saying ‘it goes without saying…’ in the hope of not appearing patronising when giving advice but it is surprising how many people lack basic interview skills so here

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Qualification quandaries?

Prep like a boss!

Frankly if you have not heard of the phenomenon that is Joe Wicks a.k.a. “The Bodycoach” then you have most likely had your head stuck in a corporate deal or on a desert island for the last year. Or perhaps you just don’t like social

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Why a critical eye is important when applying for jobs

Have you recently sent your CV to an employer (or recruiter), had a discussion about a job or even interviewed for a new opportunity? Were you given clear feedback on the reason(s) you weren’t progressed or hired? A recent article from Glassdoor News covers the

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Interview preparation

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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Assessing your options

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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Interview preparation

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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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

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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