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Category Archives: Interview tips

Reasons clients don’t advance lawyers to the 2nd stage interview/offer

Don’t shoot the messenger – the reasons listed below come directly from the horse’s mouth: feedback we receive from clients! Lack of preparation “Not enough research was undertaken into our business.” “Didn’t give us a reason why the specific role was strongly desired over another one;

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How to answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

One of the fundamental purposes (of an interview) for an interviewer is getting to know the lawyer candidate better: to understand what makes them tick as an individual, learn their career ambitions and gauge how committed they’re going to be to in the role. This

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Take the stress out of your first interview… and your first date?

In a previous blog, I drew parallels between using a recruiter and online dating. Dating is always a fun and often interesting conversation amongst my friends. We’re now at an age where most are either married or getting married and having children or having more

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What should you expect from your recruitment consultant?

How can I secure an interview?

Once you’ve made the decision to find a new job, the next step is making sure you get the opportunity to meet with a range of firms that interest you. You want to be sure you’ve extensively explored the market/what’s on offer to you. Firstly,

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Four interview hacks that’ll help you at every interview

No matter how easy some might find it to talk about themselves, most people find interviews daunting. By having a game-plan and getting the small stuff right, you regain control and give yourself the best chance to showcase your abilities; all too often, the main

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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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The most common interview question and how to answer it!

Regardless of your level of seniority or industry sector, and regardless of the role you’re interviewing for (or the style of interview) one question comes up again and again. It’s a seemingly straightforward question that can have a massive impact on the outcome of the

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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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NQ preparation 2018

With lots of impending changes particularly within the PI and Insurance market it’s really important you prepare well for any interviews you have. There are still lots of great roles with in the PI market for NQ solicitors; however competition is fierce, particularly in the

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Two essential things you should do when applying for a job

After a day out of the office on Friday and with a raft of CVs in my inbox after some new job postings, a big chunk of my Monday was spent going through CVs I had received in application for some of our internal vacancies.

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

What should I wear to a legal interview?

In so far as interviews go, particularly in the legal profession, ‘business casual’ does not apply.  First impressions count and the importance of making a good one cannot be underestimated. Whilst smart trousers and a buttoned down shirt or a wrap dress might be acceptable

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

How honest should I be at interview?

From childhood we’re taught that honesty is always the best policy. Whether in personal or professional settings, if you can be honest then you should be honest, even if honesty might result in upset or disappointment. Applying this to personal circumstances is easy; we’ve all

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