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Top tips for success at your NQ interview

What I have noticed in recent times is that, more often than not, lawyers interviewing for NQ roles are subject to a technical test coupled with a conventional CV based face to face meeting with recruiting partners. This may not ring true across all disciplines

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

Should I look for a new job?

It’s a strange question really isn’t it? Especially when it’s a recruitment consultant asking you if you’re sure it’s the right time to make a move. But here at BCL Legal we firmly believe in being consultative with our candidates and sometimes the result of

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Uber, Deliveroo and Being a Recruiter

I recently sent a mailer to a number of lawyers to see if they had any interest in considering a move to recruitment. One person responded with a question: “I take it that BCL does not pay a basic salary if your recruiters are self

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May the force be with you

Game of Thrones

Like many millions around the world, I am borderline obsessed with Game of Thrones. While it’s on TV I am 100% dedicated to watching it on a Monday night. This is usually followed by much talk in the office on a Tuesday morning and gloating

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Questions to stay away from at interview

Hot air or Hot advice – we prefer to give the latter!

As previous blog posts have mentioned, I strongly believe in being open and honest throughout a recruitment process. Yes, those looking for a new position need to be open and honest with their ambitions and requirements as well as accurate in describing their experience and

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

How to find a new job

I would say two of my favourite past times are cooking and socialising, I really do enjoy hosting a good dinner party with my nearest and dearest. I tend to find I have my most creative inspiration whilst on the train home of an evening

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

How to quit smoking

I had my first cigarette when I was 15 years old. I was at school, stood behind the bike shed at the end of the day when there was a minimal teacher presence. I remember it very well, choking on the first drag and feeling

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Should you take an interim role, which might entail compromise around salary or level of responsibility, or should you stay on the golf course / gym whilst waiting for that perfect permanent job to arise

Legal staff – delivered to you for free!

There is a genre of role asked to assist with from time to time where my response is “yes, but only if you don’t pay us”. I’m referring to intern / graduate / LPC roles. This is a level of role that in the main

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Working from home – benefits for the employee

Should I stay or should I go

In my many years of being a recruiter I find all too often that someone will have a bad day at work – usually on a Monday and decides it’s time to leave. I will discuss options with them and by the Thursday, the situation

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How does communication impact my law firm?

Effective communication is such a vital tool for any business owner, it can be the difference between sealing and missing out on a potential opportunity, between your business succeeding or failing or even the potential success of a client’s case. It is particularly important in

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Why did you leave your last job?

We all have a past. Sometimes, those skeletons in the closet can haunt us. What do you say when you are asked where you have come from and why you are moving on? How you frame your past experiences can dictate your future. This sort

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It’s a conveyancers world

How soon after an interview do I need to provide my feedback?

When using a recruiter I would really take a moment to think what is the reason why you have contacted them? Is it because you know they will have contacts that perhaps you don’t or it will save you time as they can search for

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