Why the Best People for the Job Don’t Just Talk About Themselves

Interviews are sometimes daunting and it can be difficult to know exactly what an employer wants. Ben Gledhill, Head of Resourcing at Yodel, shares his thoughts on how to perform well. The key is to remain as calm as possible. You can prepare well for interviews, but if you are not relaxed then all the […]

6th August 2018

Interviews part 2: interview techniques

In the second in our 2 part series on Interviews, Stacey Hunt, Resourcing Business Partner at Zurich, will show you how to put the skills you have learned into practice at the interview and will provide some top interview tips. This is the second part in our interviews series with Zurich. Watch ‘Interviews part 1’ […]

19th June 2018

Interviews part 1: How to prepare for interviews

We are delighted to welcome Tracey Hall, Senior Resourcing Business Partner who currently works for Zurich within their in-house Resourcing Function, as we discuss how to go about preparing yourself for an interview. Hear some words of advice at a personal level and also from someone who for the last 16 years has interviewed lots […]

12th June 2018

CV and Interview Preparation

We are joined by Milo Skene, a former Major in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who now works for Capco as a Management Consultant. Milo will guide us through the process of applying for roles with a specific focus on how this works at Capco. You will learn about: CV preparation Interview techniques Managing your […]

11th April 2017

Interview Success – Preparation is Key

When it comes to job interviews, it really is true that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. But if you put in some effort ahead of time, you can make a major difference to your chances. Fiona Jackson, OA Career Consultant, reviews 5 key areas of preparation: Practicalities Mind set Research Know […]

10th January 2017

Demystifying Remote Interviews – how to ace the first stage

When demand for jobs is high and competition rife, many organisations will often kick start their recruitment process by using remote interviews – interviews via phone, Skype or video conference – to screen their initial candidate base. Our recent webinar session revealed that 71% of online participants thought of remote interviews as an ‘HR sift’; […]

19th December 2016

How to demonstrate commercial awareness to an employer

It’s not easy to define ‘commercial awareness’ however it’s a skill that more and more employers are demanding across every sector, not just in business and finance. When faced with an interview question that asks you to talk about your commercial awareness even the most battle-hardened of candidates is liable to feel uneasy and perhaps […]

29th November 2016

You have all the skills to ace it – Richard Dening on why an Interview Should be like a Game of Tennis

In his career as a barrister, Richard Dening had to ask some pretty awkward questions in public. Now, in his work as an interview coach he gets to ask you the awkward questions, thankfully in private though. And they’re definitely ‘for your own good’ he assures us. Here, Richard shares the advice that’s helped him […]

18th May 2016

How to turn rejection into positive action

At any given point in time, employers receive large volumes of applications for jobs. This obviously means that not every applicant can be successful in getting the job they want. The best way to deal with rejection is to take it in your stride and continue looking for the job that is the best fit. […]

How to address the interview question ‘What are your Weaknesses’?

What’s your greatest weakness? Most people have difficulty answering this interview question and, while it’s meant to be challenging, there’s no reason to feel uneasy or nervous about answering it. It’s a hiring manager’s way of assessing your reaction to an unnerving situation, as well as identifying your shortcomings. The question may be asked in […]

Tips to tackle common interview mistakes

Interviews are often your first opportunity to meet a potential employer face-to-face. It’s important to make a good impression. If you have been invited to interview it means that your CV has been selected from amongst a sea of candidates, so this is your chance to stand out. We’ve put together a few tips to […]

What you need to know about job interview tests

According to a poll compiled by specialist recruitment firm Randstad, the number of UK companies relying on interview tests during the recruitment process has increased. Five years ago, 14% of roles required some form of psychometric, technical or aptitude test, by 2015 this figure had reached 29%. So if you haven’t had to take an […]

From the recruiter’s perspective

Sam Tripuraneni’s presentation, at our latest symposium, did exude an effortless charm we would all like to demonstrate in an interview. However, he warned us vehemently against donning a cock-sure attitude, the kind that officers can sometimes be guilty of. As he put it, he has been ‘disappointed, frustrated and downright shocked by what some […]

16th May 2016

Commercial Assessment Centres – What to Expect and Preparing for Success

Newton Europe, an operational improvement consultancy, give top tips and insight into how to prepare, perform and deliver when being bench-marked for civilian employment.   Watch the webinar:  

6th October 2015

How to be Successful in the Interview Room

Are you sure your interview preparation is delivering the goods for you? Wouldn’t it be wise to check? Or are you are just starting out and would value some guidance? Interview guru Richard Dening shares some simple ideas which can assist in ensuring you give an optimal interview performance. Richard Dening’s twenty year career as […]

7th July 2015

61% of you Think Communication Ability is Most Important in Interview

‘Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success’. This Henry Ford quote emphasises the importance of preparation, something we all know is important before an interview, but what does it actually mean and how can we ensure we’re ready to handle the unexpected? Clive Lister has interviewed numerous Armed Forces Officers for 12 […]

25th May 2014