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Oct/18

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A Guide to Living and Working in Lincoln

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A new feature for our blog, we’ve put together a series of guides to living and working in the towns and cities where our branches are based. Written by people with the lowdown on all things local, these will be a must-read if you’re considering relocating. First up is our head office location of Lincoln.

Lincoln is most famous for its historic ‘uphill’ quarter. Sitting atop the rather aptly named ‘Steep Hill’, the Cathedral was once the tallest building in the world, and the castle holds one of four original copies of the Magna Carta.  In the uphill and Bailgate areas, there’s plenty of independent cafes, pubs and restaurants to try; once you’ve finished exploring the cobbled streets.

Head down Steep Hill to Lincoln’s High Street and St Marks areas, where you can find many big brand shops along with independent retailers. Nightlife in Lincoln has been much improved since the arrival of the University, with a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from.

Lincoln is currently seeing wide-scale development with a new transport hub, and the current regeneration of the ‘Cornhill Quarter’ in the City Centre.

A visit to Lincoln’s famous annual Christmas Market is a must; held over the first weekend in December, German-style chalets transform the uphill area into a wonderland of festive sights and smells.

Why not also pay a visit to Sincil Bank and soak up the match-day atmosphere and watch Lincoln City Football club in action.

Our Address

Our Head Office is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the Train Station, near St. Marks shopping centre.

Ambitions Personnel
Firth Court
Firth Road
Lincoln
Lincs
LN5 7WD

Tel: 01522 546643

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Lincoln

We’ve been established in Lincoln since 1990, so we know the job market inside out. If you’re considering moving here and want to find out more about the types of roles available then speak to one of our consultants who’ll be happy to help. We recruit for permanent and temporary roles across a wide variety of industries, from warehousing, factory and driving, to office-based roles at all levels, including HR, marketing and accounts.

Entry level roles in industrial sectors such as factory and warehousing are usually paid at the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage rates, but can sometimes attract a premium for overtime or shifts. Large employers will often use a recruitment agency to help with peaks in demand, and often offer permanent contracts to agency workers.

The average starting salary for an Administrator is between £16,000 and £18,000 per annum.

Getting around

The city centre itself is small enough for everywhere to be accessed by foot. However, if you want to head further afield then Lincoln has a newly regenerated ‘transport hub’, encompassing a brand new bus station and improved links to the train station. The move has created an increase in services in the city, making it easier than ever to get about.

House Prices / Rent

House prices in Lincoln are very reasonable compared to other areas of the UK, which is encouraging if you’re thinking about moving to the city. A 2 bedroom property in the city can be snapped up for around £90,000 – £120,000, whereas average rents are around £500 per month.

If this has piqued your interest in living in the city, and you’d like to know more about the opportunities we have in Lincoln, click through to our jobs page here.

 

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Oct/18

12

How to up Your Public Speaking Game

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Whether it’s for work, school or socially, whether it’s to 10 or 1000 people, the thought of having to address a room full of people is enough to bring some people out in a cold sweat. And if this is you, you are not alone; research has shown that a fear of public speaking ranks higher than a fear of heights or snakes! Even royalty aren’t exempt; it’s been said that even Prince Harry isn’t a fan!

One way to deal with it is to simply avoid situations where public speaking would be necessary, however, there may be times where you’re faced with no choice.

Avoiding the need to speak publically is one way to deal with it, but there are lots of reasons why it’s a great skill to have under your belt. Not least the fact that it might help boost your career opportunities! Read on for our top tips on how to ace your next presentation:

  1. Make friends with your nerves

Just simply by accepting the fact that you are going to be nervous, and that it’s a perfectly natural response to the situation, is the first step. Unless public speaking is your day job, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’re not going to have some level of nerves in the lead-up and/or on the day. Take the steps you can to help counteract your nerves, things such as breathing exercises, gentle stretching and general self-care (being well rested and eating a light nutritious breakfast etc.), might be useful.

It might also be useful to remember that some nerves are actually good for you, the adrenaline is your body’s way of making sure you’re alert and ready. It also shows it’s something you care about, so channelling this passion can help engage your audience.

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Before you put pen to paper, think about why you’re giving the speech, what the purpose is and what outcome you’re looking for. Research your audience; what knowledge level do they have already and in what tone do you want to address them? Think about presentations you’ve seen yourself; what did you like or what didn’t work? Are you going to use any props or a slideshow? Remember to use Powerpoint sparingly; to highlight key messages or show images/infographics, avoid blocks of text. If you are giving a presentation then we have some separate advice covering all aspects of them here.

Many of the best presenters will start with something to grab the audience’s attention, possibly a fact, statistic or an anecdotal story.  Once you have gained the audience’s interest initially, statistics show that you have up to 20 minutes before their attention may wander; so make sure you can be concise without losing your message. Add a personal touch where you can and aim to speak conversationally, it will help the audience relate to you on a personal level and boost your credibility. Finish on a strong note, with a summary or statement that will be remembered.

Some people are advocates of only writing an outline or pointers, to avoid sounding like you’re simply reading from a script, whereas for some, it might provide more comfort to have the full speech down on paper. Either way, practice as much as you can – saying it out loud is a must!

  1. It’s all in the delivery

Deciding what to say is only half the battle, how you say it is just as important.

Firstly, aim to speak clearly, with confidence and passion. The tone of your voice can make up for a thousand words, and really helps keep the audience engaged. Pause to take a breath or a sip of water after making a key point, it gives the audience time to really digest what you’ve said. A speech or presentation should not be delivered at your normal conversational speed, plus most people tend to speed up if they’re feeling nervous, so a good rule of thumb is that if you think you’re going too slow, you’re probably ok!

Whether you’re seated or standing, your body language is important; keep it open, and use your hands to enhance what you’re saying. If you like to move around, this is fine, but avoid pacing up and down too much as this can distract from your message.

Eye contact is key! Instead of simply looking in the general direction of the audience, try picking out a few friendly faces and making eye contact on rotation.

Above all, smile! Remember that the audience are there to see you and most will want you to succeed!

 

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Oct/18

4

How to Bring Mindfulness Into Your Working Day

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of those words that seems to be everywhere at the moment, but what does it really mean? Mindfulness is defined by mindful.org as ‘the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us’.

We can do this by becoming an observer of yourself; your thoughts, sensations, feelings and emotions. The key is to try your best to do this without judgement.

The good news about mindfulness is that you already have everything you need, and the more you practice, the more you’ll reap the benefits.

How can I be more mindful at work?

  1. Focus on your breathing

Stop what you’re doing and consciously bring all of your attention to your breathing. Follow your breath as it enters your body and as you breathe out. If you get distracted or your mind wanders off, just acknowledge that and bring yourself back to focusing on your breath as you inhale and exhale. Even a few seconds of mindful breathing can be a powerful way of reconnecting to the present moment.

  1. Use reminders

We’re often going about our day to day lives on auto-pilot. Even once you’ve experienced the benefits of mindfulness, it’s easy to forget to be mindful! Set an alarm on your phone, so when it goes off it’s a reminder that you have an opportunity to take a step back and observe what is going on for you in present moment.

  1. Embrace Stress

Studies have shown that how you perceive stress can affect how it impacts you. If you tend to think of stress in a negative way, try thinking about how stress can actually help you.  When you are facing a challenging time at work, notice your heart rate and your breathing. Be grateful that stress is energising your body and making you more alert, preparing you for the task ahead.

  1. Accept what you can’t change

Mindfulness is all about acceptance. Accepting everything just as it is in the present moment, without trying to change anything. This is something that can be applied personally (accepting all of yourself, exactly as you are – even the bits you don’t like), but also in work situations.

  1. Do one job at a time

Research shows that multi-tasking is actually ineffective as it’s pretty impossible to really do two things at once. Prioritise your workload and/or create a to-do list. Tackle one task at the time and give it your full attention. If your mind wanders, just bring it back to the job in hand. Taking phone calls? Do it mindfully, really listen to the person you’re speaking to rather than jumping ahead and planning your response.

  1. Meditate!

One of the ways mindfulness can be cultivated is through meditation. The practice of meditation has roots in many ancient religions and cultures going back over two thousand years. In more recent times, teachings have been adapted to the modern world and made accessible for all. There’s a wealth of free information available online, recorded meditations to follow and downloadable apps. Meditation can be done whilst seated, walking, or even while doing other forms of exercise, such as yoga.

It’s not always going to be practical to do this one whilst actually at work. But by building a regular meditation practice into your daily routine, the benefits will continue into your working day. Or why not try organising a group meditation or yoga session during your lunch break?

“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather” – Pema Chodron

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Sep/18

28

How to Avoid an Afternoon Slump

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It happens to loads of us, after a really productive morning you can feel your eyes dropping in the afternoon. By about 2pm we’re struggling to focus, despite the mountain of work staring back at us. If this sounds like you, then help is at hand. We’ve developed some advice to keep you in the zone for longer.

Get a good night’s sleep

The most critical thing is to get your full quota of sleep every night. The recommended amount is 8 hours, however most people only get around 6. Being fully rested gives you the energy for the day ahead, you will get up feeling alert and awake, rather than tired until that first coffee!

More sleep will allow you to keep your focus in the afternoon and make better decisions. You will also have less reliance on caffeine; another positive step.

Attack your workload

It can be tempting to put off the bigger tasks until later on, whilst you ease into the day ahead. However, studies show that you’re at your most alert around an hour after arriving at work. So for maximum productivity, it makes sense to tackle those more demanding jobs straight away, meaning that if you do feel a little tired later on, it won’t have as much of an impact.

Eat well

Your diet is integral to staying alert and motivated. Sugary treats can often be very tempting, and can be a quick fix for an energy boost. However, this will only lead to a ‘crash’ later on. Eating balanced and nutritional food, at both breakfast and lunch, will give you the required energy for the afternoon.

We’ve been through a few easy breakfast and lunch options, that will help keep your energy levels up and create some much-needed excitement for your work meals.

Get out more!

Spending time outside really helps you unwind and reassess things. Being in the same place for too long can cloud your judgement, and hamper your decision making. Try getting away from your desk, or even the office altogether if possible, at lunchtime. The walk, fresh air and sunlight will all re-energise you, as well as contribute to a healthier day.

Change your routine

Your routine might be just that, routine. It is difficult to be consistently engaged and challenged if there is a lack of variety in your day. Try and limit yourself to an hours work at a time on any particular project. Research suggests that any longer and you will struggle to make any progress anyway. So when you get an opportunity, mix things up a little bit and create a change. A new task will rejuvenate you, and reduce the likelihood of a slump in the afternoon.

Working with others is a great way of altering your routine for the better. Being social and communicating will increase your energy levels, make sure it’s engaging though, sitting and listening to someone else drone will have the opposite effect.

These are a few of the best ways we’ve found to increase energy in the afternoon. Let us know your top tips in the comments below.

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Sep/18

7

5 Healthy Lunch Ideas

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  1. PASTA SALADS

Convenience food as its best; just cook up a batch of pasta at home the night before and pop in the fridge, the next day you’re ready to go. It’s delicious cold, or simply re-heat if you prefer a hot lunch. The possibilities are endless so you can be sure you won’t get bored; just add whatever takes your fancy.

If you fancy some more inspiration, we like the sound of these recipes: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/power-packed-pasta-boxes

  1. SOUPS

Batch-cook a healthy and warming lunch for the week ahead, using a base of cooked onion and garlic, chuck in whatever veggies take your fancy, cover with stock and cook until soft. Blend up using a hand blender until smooth or leave chunky if you prefer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this spicy soup with a Mexican twist: https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/baking/mexican-chilli-bean-soup

  1. LAYERED SALAD JARS

Not only super healthy, but they look great too! Start with pouring your choice of salad dressing into a jar, followed by layers of any ingredients you like; vegetables, quinoa, cheese, even fruit! Your pretty rainbow lunch will be the envy of your colleagues. By putting the dressing in first your salad stays crisp and fresh until you’re ready to eat.

Click here for a more detailed guide: https://hurrythefoodup.com/how-to-pack-a-salad-in-a-jar/

  1. BURRITO BOWLS

Using cooked rice as a base, top with chicken, avocado, black beans, sweetcorn and peppers. Use a shop-bought chipotle sauce or tomato salsa, or go one better and make your own. A tasty lunch treat which will be sure to keep those afternoon snack cravings away.

Click here for the full recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2014/09/10/easy-burrito-bowls/

  1. PROTEIN POTS

Gym bunny or trying out a low carb diet? Whatever your reason for wanting to up your protein intake, these recipes might be the answer to your lunch conundrum and help you stay on plan, even while out and about.

Low on time? Just hard boil some eggs, and mix with tuna and spinach.

Or for something with a bit more spice, try this Indian Chicken recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/indian-chicken-protein-pots

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Aug/18

24

Top Tips For Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

 

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For some, returning to work after having a baby is an exciting time, for others, they’re dreading it. For most, it’s a mixture of emotions. We can’t promise it will be all plain sailing, but if you’re heading back to work soon, we’ve collated our top practical tips to try and make life a little easier.

Before we start, it’s worth remembering to be kind to yourself.  Worries about how your little one is going to settle into life without you and whether they’ll be enough hours in the day, on top of getting to grips with returning to your job are all a perfectly natural part of this big transition.

Think Positively

Set out with a positive mindset; see your return to work as a chance to start a new chapter for you and your family. You’ve got an opportunity to re-discover the pre-baby you, so focus on the positives; whether it’s the adult conversations or being able to enjoy a hot cup of tea.  Also remember that becoming a parent will have taught you skills that may benefit you in your job, without you even realising!

Reconnect with the workplace

If you’re able to use your ‘Keeping in Touch’ (KIT) days, then this can be a great way to re-connect with your workplace and your role, and they’re paid too! Or, get in touch with your boss or colleagues and arrange to meet for a coffee, that way you can get a handle on what you need to know and what’s been going on (and all the gossip too, of course!).

Do a dry run

In the weeks leading up to your return, have a day where you practice your new routine; get up, get ready and drop your baby off at childcare, then see how long it takes to get to your workplace. You might also find it helpful to start getting used to being apart from your little one for a period of time.

Get organised

There’s not one solution to suit everyone but many families find it useful to start getting ready the night before; laying out yours and your baby’s clothes, packing their bag for nursery, preparing packed lunches etc. Writing to-do lists, doing your supermarket shop online and batch cook easy mid-week meals are also great time-savers.

Treat Yourself

There’s nothing like a shopping spree (even if it’s just one new outfit) or a new haircut to boost your confidence. If money’s tight, look at your existing wardrobe and plan out your work outfits. Look good, feel good!

Have a plan B

You might feel awkward about having to take time off work in the first few weeks if your child is unwell or your childcare lets you down, so think about planning for these occasions with support from your partner, family or by having a backup childcare arrangement in place.

Plan your return date

Look at whether a mid-week return would be an option for you. The prospect of a shorter week initially may seem less daunting, and give you and your baby some time to gradually adjust. Alternatively, you could discuss a phased return with your employer, where you use some holiday for the first few weeks. It’s inevitably going to be an exhausting time.

Speak to other working parents

Build a support network of others who are in the same boat. Whether it’s through online communities, baby groups, or even other work colleagues, sharing your experiences and learning from others who have been through the same experiences can be invaluable.

Finally; ask for help!

Don’t be afraid to enlist family and friends to help you, especially in the first few weeks. Whether it’s just something simple like preparing a meal for when you get home, it can really help take the pressure off until you get used to your new routine.

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Aug/18

17

5 Things You Should Never Say During an Interview

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; interview preparation is essential! Often, we focus on all of the things you should be saying during the interview. In this week’s blog, we’re going to look at some of the things which you should *never* say during an interview.  Had an interview nightmare? Let us know in the comments below!

We get it. Interviews are scary and even the coolest of cucumbers can be subject to a few nerves on the big day. One of the ways nerves can come across is by talking quickly, or perhaps by speaking too much. We’ve all had that feeling when perhaps something hasn’t quite come out as you intended it to! Whereas it’s been said that people who come across well at interview are able to provide quality, meaningful answers in a succinct and considered way.

So as part of your preparation for your next interview, in addition to thinking about the things you do want to get across, take a few minutes to make a note of the following topics or phrases to avoid!

In our opinion, these are the biggest turn-offs for interviewers, and in some cases, could mean the difference between getting the job and not. So, take a deep breath, and read on:

  1. My last job/employer/boss was rubbish

A potential employer does not want to hear negativity towards your previous role. After all, they’ll be wondering if you’ll be saying these things about them next time around and in the worst cases, they could deem you as being emotionally immature.

An interview situation is never the right time to bad mouth or complain (even if it’s true!); some things are better left unsaid. Focus on why it’s right for you to seek a new opportunity.

  1. What’s this job again? What does this company do?

You might have applied for several roles and it is easy to lose track. However, do not walk into any interview without being clear on what the role is. Find the original advert, and/or ask if the company have a job description available.

It’s also essential to have researched the company so you’re prepared for any questions, or even better, you’re able to drop in some of your knowledge while answering the interviewer’s questions.

  1. How much holiday do I get?

It’s definitely something you’d want to know before accepting a job offer, but an interview is not usually the right time to raise questions over holidays or other benefits.  Tread carefully, you don’t want to appear like you’re just there for the pay packet and can’t wait to be jetting off at the earliest opportunity.

  1. I’m not sure what I want to do in the future / I want to be CEO in 5 years

If you’re asked any questions about your long-term plans, the interviewer is going to be looking for someone who sees themselves staying with the company, but also for someone who is realistic about their career aspirations. By sounding unsure, the interviewer might suspect that you’re not going to be committed to the role. By sounding over ambitious, your confidence could be misconceived as arrogance.

  1. A lie!

Last but definitely not least, never ever lie to your interviewer! Honesty is always the best policy. If you know there’s something in your background that you are concerned about (perhaps your school grades or a reason for leaving a job), consider beforehand how you can best overcome this at interview and try to frame in a positive light, for example, by saying what you have learnt from a situation.

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Aug/18

10

What Does Brexit Mean For EU Citizens

We know that many of our followers are EU citizens living in the UK, and many of you are worried about your future when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. The UK Government has now released details of the application system for those who wish to remain in the UK after June 2021. Read our latest blog for more information.

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We know that many of our followers are EU citizens, and many of you are worried about your future when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

The UK Government has already reached an agreement with the EU, so although the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019, nothing will change until 1 January 2021. The Government have announced that a new EU Settlement Scheme will open later this year, where you’ll have until 30 June 2021 to make an application to stay here.

So firstly, it’s important to say that you don’t need to do anything at the moment, you can continue to live and work here with the same rights to public services as you do now.

Anyone who moves here between now and 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for settled status.

Here’s what we know about the scheme so far:

It’s simple!

The system will be very easy to use to use. You will only need to type in personal details, prove your identity and prove you have no serious criminal convictions. The system will verify everything else using employment and benefit records.

It will be cheap to apply

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years, it will cost £65 to apply for ‘Settled Status’, and £32.50 for children under 16. Alternatively, if you already have valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation, you’ll be able to exchange it for free.

In addition, your existing close family members (spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent), will also be eligible for the scheme, even if they’re not currently living in the UK. You will need to apply on behalf of your child.

If you have a child after getting settled status, they will automatically become a British citizen if they’re born in the UK. You will not need to apply for settled status on their behalf.

Pre-Settled Status

If you have not lived in the UK for 5 years when the scheme opens, don’t worry. You will be granted ‘pre-settled status’ which can be swapped for full ‘Settled Status’, using the new system, after 5 years.

You don’t need to do anything now

You do not need to do anything just yet. The scheme will open later this year, and the deadline is 30 June 2021, so you will have plenty of time.  Your application will only be refused on security or fraud grounds, or if you have serious criminal convictions. There will be no limit placed on how many people can successfully apply.

Please note that Irish citizens will not need to apply. Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are currently being negotiated.

If you’re currently working for us and would like any further information or guidance, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of the team who will be glad to help.

We will keep you updated as we learn more about the Brexit process.

You can sign up for email updates and also find more details by visiting the following website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/status-of-eu-nationals-in-the-uk-what-you-need-to-know

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Jul/18

25

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

13

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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