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020 7251 3472
16 Bowling Green Lane
020 7451 2999
Greener House, 66-68, Haymarket
Norma Skemp Recruitment Ltd
36 Bruton St
020 7796 3636
1 Love Lane
West End Jobcentres
195 Wardour St
King & Toben Ltd
Foxglove House 166 Piccadilly
Michael Page International Plc
Kinnaird House 1 Pall Mall East
The Research Bank
020 8090 6579
Alpine Selection Ltd
020 7321 5643
100, Pall Mall
Centre People Appointments
020 7929 5551
135 Cannon Street
Job interviews - trial by interrogation?
It may be some time since you attended a job interview and it can be a daunting prospect. Take a deep breath and follow our guide if you are about to strike out again into the big world of work .
So you have made it through to the interview for a job you would really like in your new life after divorce. Before you set off on the big day you need to prepare yourself. Being confident about your abilities is great but may not be enough to carry you through. There are plenty of things you can do ahead of time to ensure that everything goes as well as it possibly can.
Things to do before you arrive
Firstly, confirm in a phone call that you will be attending. Obviously you will have done this before by letter or email but it's worth doing by telephone the day before. This is also a good time to check the location, to ask for directions and to find out about transport or parking.
Sometimes it's even worth making the journey to the interview venue the day before so that you know how long it takes and you know exactly where it is. Never, never be late. You will feel crap and the interview will not start well.
Ask who will interview you and what are their job titles
Ask who will be interviewing you and what may be involved. It is very useful to know which interviewer does what. You don't really want to mix up your HR folk from your marketing folk. Many companies use additional tests and exercises to determine candidate suitability, so be prepared!
Know as much as you can about the company
Find out as much as you can about your prospective employer. For example, if you are applying for a job in retail visit at least one of their stores in order to familiarise yourself with what they sell and how they do it. It's vital to check out their website and learn as much as you can from that.
Be prepared for the curve ball
Take a look at your CV and application form again. Think about how you can explain breaks in work, lack of qualifications or poor grades. Also, at the other end of the scale if you have an MBA learn how to make that sound non threatening. Some employers are frightened by these things as they worry that you will know very quickly just how crap a company they are.
Consider the type of questions you are likely to be asked and what your answers could be. Experience often demonstrates that the questions you have prepared don't get asked. It's just like exams! There is usually an opportunity at the end of an interview for you to put your own questions. Don't waste this opportunity, have some well thought out questions ready to roll.
Look and feel the part
Decide well in advance what you are going to wear. Look smart, if you feel comfortable you will be much more ...
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