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Category Archives: Interview

A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Newly qualified solicitors – how effectively are you running your job search?

Well, here we are again, it’s NQ season! And in Leeds it seems to be going pretty early this year, no doubt precipitated by the shortage of good candidates at the 1-4PQE level across a wide range of disciplines. And like every year, we see

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Should I rearrange my interview?

Let’s set the scene – work is flooding in and there aren’t enough hands on deck to cope. You start looking for a new role because things are becoming too much to handle. Applications are made, and interviews start coming through, but when will you

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One of the biggest barriers to finding a new job for some people is…

  I work across all levels of the market and with lawyers who work in a variety of environments.  Some of these environments are more flexible than others and never is this more evident than when it comes to arranging interviews. Having discussed your motivations,

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I need to reschedule or cancel my interview – what do I need to do?

There are a number of reasons why you might have to cancel or reschedule an interview. As recruiters, we understand this and so do our clients. However, it’s very important to communicate any delays or problems as soon as possible. This allows for two things. Firstly,

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Should I accept a job offer right away?

I’m asked this question a lot. It’s an exciting time and a huge relief to receive a job offer, isn’t it? So why would someone go through the lengthy process of tailoring their CV and attend multiple interviews only to reject it? Each firm has weighed you up

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

What is the one key mistake most Solicitors make at interview?

Imagine that you are a law firm Partner interviewing someone with a view to employing them in your team. What is the one key attribute that you would value above all others? Imagine you are a manager in almost any type of business setting and

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Following up after a job offer

The job of a good recruiter doesn’t stop when you have the job! You speak to us because you want a new job; we get you a new job, why do you need to speak to us again?! As whacky as this sounds, I think

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Career Plans

What not to do at an interview!

This is a little follow up on my previous blog about how to succeed at interviews. This however is about putting the shoe on the other foot and looking at top tips at what not to do at interview! I recently met with a couple

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Assessing your options

Questions to expect in an interview

Interviews are a funny thing – they are supposed to be a two-way process and a really good way for both sides to get to know each other. Ultimately, if all goes well you will be spending a large amount of time with each other

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Try not to bring your negative experiences to interview

The vast majority of lawyers that I am working with – in helping them find their next career move- are looking for what I would describe as positive moves, i.e., nothing is bad where they are, it is more about looking for the next career

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

How do I remain calm?

Ever heard the metaphor about the swan? We see the swan moving gracefully across the lake like a picture of elegance, but what you don’t see is what’s happening beneath the water; the webbed feet furiously paddling in order to keep the swan in the

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Being the new guy

Why should you work with a recruiter exclusively? What are the benefits to you?

Caution: Vested interest to declare, I`m a legal recruiter! I`m going to tell you my thought process when recruiting in different situations and so by the end of this short blog you can determine what version of, recruiter/me, you would prefer to work with. The

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