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Candidates - Permanent Jobs

Our quick guide to finding your next permanent position will help you get to grips with agencies and the Construction, Technical and M&E markets.

Using our experience of supplying staff, we can offer advice on how to work with an agency, how to get the best from your CV & getting the most from an interview.

We assist with permanent vacancies from all areas of the Construction, Technical, M&E, and MOD Defence and Military Infrastructure sectors and at all levels.

Interview Advice

Prepare for your interview

  • Find out about the company, research the company on the internet, and ask family and friends if they know of them. Your consultant will provide as much background on the Company as they can.
  • Plan your route, whether by car or by public transport and, if possible, familiarise yourself with the area where the interview will be conducted so you know where you are going. Make sure you have plenty of change if you need to use a car park.
  • Ensure that you arrive in plenty of time, so that you are calm and composed before the interview. Perhaps take a walk around the street.
  • Dress in a business manner. Your consultant will advise on the dress code of the business. Even if the business is casual in its approach, a business suit makes the right impression.
  • Ensure you know the name and position of the interviewer.
  • If there is more than one person interviewing you ensure you direct your answers and keep eye contact with all of the people in the room.
  • Pre-prepare some questions to ask when in the interview. This shows an interest in the job etc.

Here are some examples of questions you could prepare:

  • When was the company established?
  • Whom would you identify as your major competitors? What is your market share?
  • What have been the company's major successes in recent years?
  • What can you tell me about the individual to whom I would report?
  • Can you tell me what training will be available?

The Goal

You have two main goals during your interview:

  • Demonstrate to the interviewer that you can make a positive contribution to their organisation.
  • Demonstrate to the interviewer that you will be a competent and compatible member of their team.

If presented with an application form, fill it out neatly and completely even if it asks for the same information on your CV. Don't just put "See CV."

Finally, smile, relax and thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.

The Interview

Most interviews start with an explanation about the company and the position. They may start to ask relevant questions, such as:

  • Why did you apply for this job?
  • What do you think you can offer this position?
  • What experience would you be able to offer our company?
  • What appeals to you most about this position?
  • In your previous employment what have you enjoyed about the job(s)?
  • In your previous employment what was the most difficult situation you were faced with?
  • What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

Emphasise your strong points and acknowledge your weaknesses. Stay calm and positive when challenged. Respond to each question thoughtfully, truthfully, concisely, and completely.

Don't get the interviewer to do all the talking by giving one word answers, but don't take over either. Be aware of your body language, which communicates your attitude and impressions. When answering questions, try to give practical examples of situations where you have used your skills to reach the outcome.

Pitfalls:

  • Always dress smartly.
  • Avoid having a strong person odour; avoid smoking or drinking coffee before the interview.
  • Do not chew gum during the interview.
  • Avoid answering questions with a simple yes or no.
  • Never lie.
  • Never make derogatory statements about your present or former employers.
  • Initially, do not inquire about salary, vacations, bonuses, retirement, or any other benefits - you can deal with this at second interview stage.
  • Never be overbearing, overly aggressive, conceited, or leave the opinion that "you know it all."
  • Do not make excuses or be evasive for unfavourable factors in your background

The End

Always thank the interviewer for their time; let them know that you enjoyed learning more about the company and position; and finally, that you will look forward to hearing from the interviewer.

Writing a CV

Your CV is your employment passport. Its sole objective is to demonstrate your skills to a prospective employer enough so that they want to meet you in person.

Employers have to make decisions on whether to invite candidates for interview on what they see. Presentation is also judged, not just the content.

Basic Rules

  • Type your CV, don't handwrite it. If you print a copy, use good quality paper. Stick to one type font throughout the CV and also use the same font in your covering letter.
  • No more than two pages - Employers look for enough information to invite you to interview. If you cannot convey relevant information in two pages, they probably won't take the time to read any further.
  • At the top of your CV, always include:
    Name
    Address
    Contact telephone numbers (inc. Mobile Numbers)
    Email addresses
    Nationality / UK visa status

If you don't include your contact details, how will people contact you?

Personal Statement or Profile

This starts the CV and is a short statement about yourself. Sell yourself and highlight why you are the most suitable candidate for the vacancy. We would recommend you tailor these for each position you are applying for so they can be most relevant to the role.

Employment History

Set out your employment history in chronological order with the most recent first.

Include:

  • your career progression through promotion or more challenging work.
  • dates of employment (months & years)
  • Company's name & address
  • Job title. You should always include an accompanying paragraph with a brief description of the role, responsibilities and duties. In particular, highlighting:
    • Projects worked on - try and quantify projects by size or cost, it gives the prospective employer an indication of the projects you worked on.
    • Skills you developed in your role - always highlight any managerial experience.
    • Key achievements - e.g. Projects that you worked on completing ahead of schedule, on budget.
    • If you have worked on a contract basis, ensure that this is clearly stated next to the Dates of Employment.

If you are a graduate or have limited work experience we would recommend you set your CV out with your Education first, highlighting any relevant experience you have gained.

Education History

Detail your education and qualifications, emphaising your highest qualification. Always include:

  • Qualification gained
  • Dates of Study (only need to state the year)
  • University / College name
  • Highlight good grades

You should bullet point any particular areas or modules you studied during the course which will help communicate your areas of knowledge and skill. Always detail your education in chronological order.

Other Information To Include

References

Only list referees and their contact details if they have agreed to provide references for you. If you do not wish prospective employers to contact referees without your permission, state it clearly at the bottom of the CV.

Photographs

Our advise is keep the CV simple and ditch the photograph.

Finally, before sending your CV:

Check your CV and covering letter through for spelling and grammar - don't rely on the computer spell-check!

Make sure your contact details are clear and accurate.

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