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Temp of the Month – July 2018

Temp of the Month - July 2018

Piotr Fryzowski has worked for us for the past 3 years, he has always been a hard-working, reliable and loyal candidate who has fitted into many different roles through our agency. We always receive excellent feedback from our clients regarding his work. He is currently a very valued member of the team we have at Eaton Production in Worksop and has just been offered a direct contract through his hard work and dedication to the job.

As a prize, Piotr was presented with a £25 one for all voucher, good luck with your career at Eaton Piotr!

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Jul/18

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Psychometric Testing; How Can You Prepare?

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Psychometric testing, in various forms, has been around for some time. It has been widely used as part of the recruitment process for graduate schemes, but many other employers (particularly larger organisations) are now also introducing a testing element within their onboarding process for all types of roles; from entry-level to executives.

Psychometric testing comes in two forms; ‘competency’ and ‘personality’.

Competency

Competency or aptitude tests are similar to a traditional exam, often with multiple choice questions where you are usually marked against a benchmark score or pass rate. The content of the test could depend on the type of role you are applying for, such as numeracy for an accounts role, or a language based test for a marketing role. Some aptitude testing can also be more generalised to look at your skill set as a whole; such as verbal reasoning tests which measure how well you can extract information and analyse the data in order to form conclusions.

The best thing you can do to prepare for a competency test is to practice as much as you can using examples online. There are various free resources available on the internet, which may at least help get you back into an exam mindset, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been in a test situation!

Our top tip is to make sure you take the time to read the questions carefully. Beware; they can be worded to try and catch you out!

Personality

Personality testing is totally different, there is no pass or fail, or even traditional right or wrong answers.  You’ll usually be presented with various statements about how you would feel or act in certain situations and asked to answer by marking on a scale where you would put yourself (i.e. 5 for strongly agree, or 1 for strongly disagree).

Companies use them to find people with the behaviours and attitudes that are necessary to perform the job and who are going to fit into their culture. The idea is to create a completely objective way of comparing people, and to gain insight into some of the personality traits which may be difficult to ascertain through traditional questioning.

In our experience, employers are unlikely to base any recruitment decisions solely on the results of a personality test, and is more often used in conjunction with other methods of selection (such as a face to face interview).

One piece of advice is to avoid missing any questions or selecting a ‘don’t know’ answer. This shows a level of indecisiveness and will not score highly.

The key to these tests is to answer completely honestly. Take time to read the question then go with your gut instinct. If you try and second guess yourself, and answer with what you think they want to hear, the system will show that your answers are not consistent which will go against you. Be yourself! After all, if you’re not a fit for them, then maybe the job isn’t right for you!

Lastly, good luck! We’d love to hear what testing you’ve encountered within a recruitment process, let us know in the comments below.

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Jul/18

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How to Ace a Group Interview

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Group interviews are an extremely common part of the recruitment process.  As well as there being multiple candidates to contend with, they’ll often be multiple interviewers too; whose purpose it is to observe and assess from a distance.

Increasingly, many recruiters are ‘surprising’ their candidates with a group interview, to see how prospective employees interact with people they don’t know and how they can work as a team. Whatever the exercise the group is set is irrelevant, it’s not about getting to the right answer; the interviewers are looking at how each individual performs and how they contribute to the team.

We’re very experienced in prepping candidates in group interviews so we’ve come up with our top tips to help you ace your next one.

Before any kind of interview, it is essential to do some research into the company. You never know when the information may come in use and it will demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in the role.

Be Friendly

Try and be as affable as possible when faced with those you are interviewing against. The last thing recruiters are looking for is someone who is confrontational.  Being polite and approachable are qualities that any employer expects from its staff. It may also help you in the interview, chatting to others in the same situation could calm your nerves before the start, whilst also ensuring you have a better understanding of the group dynamic.

During the assessment, including others shows your capacity to build relationships, for example using phrases like ‘I agree with…’ and ‘following on from what… said’ will only help you.

Listen

A key skill in group situations is the ability to listen. Lots of people go into these situations being as loud as possible, hoping that by being the dominant voice they will gain more credit when the decision is made. But recruiters are looking for someone with the ability to take on other people’s opinions and make a balanced judgement. By following the conversation and staying engaged you will be able to speak with more purpose. What you say will have more impact, and be more memorable when the interview is analysed.

As an extension to this, don’t be afraid to praise the ideas of the other interviewees. Being able to spot and commend good ideas demonstrates leadership skills, and will show you are able to put the benefit of the group above anything else.

Be Yourself

It may be clichéd, but the most important thing is to be yourself. Trying to be a different person will come across to the interviewers. They might see you as overly loud or trying too hard, and they will quickly spot someone who is being insincere to their colleagues, for example. It is much better to be genuine, having an appreciation of those around you, and ensuring that you’re balanced and respectful.

It might be worth sending a thank you letter, or at least an email to the interviewers the day after. This will help you stand out, particularly if you reference a part of the conversation. It is another way of showing how much you want the role, and standing out from the crowd.

If you have a group interview or think that you may have one soon, we hope that this advice helps you. Let us know how it went in the comments below.

 

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Jul/18

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How to Dress to Impress for an Interview

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We can all agree that interviews are nerve-wracking enough without having to contend with any outfit worries!  First impressions count, and like it or not, your interviewer will form an initial judgement based on how you look, so by following our simple guidance on how to tackle that ‘what to wear?’ conundrum we hope you’re able to feel your best when you step into the interview room!

Whether it’s a formal interview or a relaxed and informal chat, the same consideration and effort should be made when selecting your outfit.   In most cases, it’s unlikely an interview will be the best place to test out the latest fashion trends; aim for a look which is classic, conservative and comfortable.

Even if your new potential employer takes a casual approach to business dress, it’s usually best to stick to professional attire for an interview. If you’re unsure, choose smart over casual; you’re unlikely to be marked down for being too smart.  Or, if you’re still in doubt over the dress code; just ask.

For men, a suit is usually the best option. Your interview suit should fit well and be in a traditional colour (black, navy or grey). A smart suit doesn’t have to cost the earth; there’s plenty of choice on the high street, and look at it as an investment.  A tie is essential, choose something that compliments your suit and shirt, and ensure your shoes are polished for the occasion.  Pay attention to the smaller details; avoid brightly coloured or novelty socks! Aside from your outfit, it’s important to either be clean shaven or have well-groomed facial hair, nails should be clean and trimmed and avoid overdoing the aftershave.  If you do have the go-ahead for a more casual outfit, smart chinos and a shirt will work well.

For women, a tailored dress, skirt or pair of trousers can be elevated by the addition of a tailored blazer. If choosing a skirt or dress, make sure it’s not so fitted that you can’t sit or move around comfortably, and that it’s not too short; especially when you sit down.  If you have to question whether something is inappropriate or too short, it probably is! Stay away from bright colours, animal prints or anything sheer or low-cut.  A classic court shoe, low heeled ankle boot or smart pump are usually the best choices for an interview, ensuring they are clean and smart.  Think about your overall look, including accessories, hair, nails and makeup, avoiding anything too garish or unusual.  Fashion doesn’t have to go out of the window, just think more Kate Middleton than Kim Kardashian.

Whatever you decide to wear, get it ready the night before and make sure you’ve tried it on in advance; the last thing you need is to discover a missing button or broken zip on the morning of the interview which could lead to an outfit malfunction! Whilst your outfit is an expression of your personality, you want to be remembered by the interviewer for the right reasons i.e. why you’re perfect for the job!

Don’t underestimate the impact the right outfit can have on your overall mood and confidence, when you know you look good, you feel good and this can only help you in an interview situation.

If you’d like some more of our interview tips, just follow this link www.ambitionspersonnel.com/candidates/interviewtips.php

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