Ace the all-important second interview
That all-important second round has a different character altogether; here’s our fool proof guide for how to prepare for interview number two.
How a second interview differs from the first…
Depending on the organisation and the role you apply for a first interview may have been a box-ticking exercise. Now though is the time to really sell yourself.
1) Prepare your clothes
Just because you passed the first round shouldn’t make you complacent with what you wear. Keep smart and professional with an outfit that reflects the sector you’re applying for.
No doubt it’s going to be someone different interviewing you this time. From technical experts to your new line manager there’s a variety of people who might be there to question you. If you can, confirm who they’re going to be and research them via LinkedIn beforehand.
3) Review your last interview
Be honest – was there anything you could have done better in your last interview? Maybe you forgot to mention some of your crucial selling points or wish you’d given crisper answers to standard interview questions. Take some time to think back over what was said.
4) Plan your question
If there was anything that the interviewer discussed that passed you by or questions you forgot to ask – write them down. Remember them. Whatever method of recall you use be sure to give yourself the ability to ask them.
5) Is it the right role?
Remember, a second interview is the key opportunity for you to ask questions. As well as helping to demonstrate your enthusiasm it allows you to dig deeper into a business. Asking everything from why the vacancy has become available to the vision of the company is going to reveal whether or not the role is right for you.
Looking to progress up the ladder?
Here are our top tips for successful career progression:
Get your manager on board
The person who is most likely to be able to assist you in your career progression within your current organisation is probably your manager, so schedule some time in with them, being upfront and clear about what you want to discuss.
Make sure you clearly tell your manager about your career goals and ask what opportunities there may be within the department or company as a whole. You want your manager to be on your side and champion your cause, so stay positive and professional. Agree together what changes can be made to your current role to suit your chosen path, and consider any other ways in which you can help each other.
Prepare and plan
Set yourself a goal of where you’d like to be in five years, get a really good understanding of what the role is or does, what skills and experiences are required. Research as many details about it as you can.
Create a personal action plan
Once you have a good idea of the role you want and what experiences you need to be able to get there, put together an action plan. Plan in any training courses you may wish to go on, and any other milestones along the way.
Get stuck in
Make an impression within your own organisation by volunteering to take on challenging projects and assignments. One of the best ways to advance your career is to identify an organisational problem and propose a workable solution. By offering to implement the solution, you will not only increase your visibility as a problem-solver in the organisation, but you might also expand your skills and credibility in the process.
How to finish the interview in first place
This can be the most daunting part of an interview – the part where you ask the questions. You do want to show interest and engagement with the role and organisation in question. So how do you do that?
The suggestions we’ve provided should be used flexibly, depending on how much is revealed in the interview. It’s good to go in with a pre-prepared list.
Filling in the background
- Can you tell me how the role fits into the team?
- What are the team’s wider objectives, and how does this role fit into that larger picture
Remember, the interview is for your benefit just as much as the employer’s.
Getting down to detail
- What are the main relationships I would have to build?
- How would a typical day be structured?
Questions like this help you determine if the day-to-day of the job would be right for you.
Because we’re all human
- How did you get into this organisation?
- What do you wish you’d known before you started?
- What makes you proud to work here?
These shouldn’t be the only questions you ask, but it’s usually a good idea to show that you take an interest in the people around you.
- Are there any criteria you think I haven’t fulfilled?
- Would you like me to expand on anything further?
Remember: the questions you ask will be your last chance to make a good impression, so follow the tips above and ask wisely!
Using LinkedIn for your job search and keeping it private
Everyone’s situation is different when it comes to searching for a new job, and sometimes it’s best if no-one around you knows you’re on the lookout.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Make sure your profile is completely up to date and includes a good amount of relevant information.A full profile means a recruiter is more likely to be able to find you.
If you want to keep your job-hunting to yourself, make sure to amend the setting that notifies your network of profile updates.
Connect with recruiters
Connecting with specialist recruiters on LinkedIn is also a good way to go, as once you’ve done this, and perhaps exchanged a message or two, they’ll be on your side and on the scout out for you. Make sure you tell them what sort of job you’re looking for, and if they get that sort of thing in, they’ll be in touch with you.
Again, privacy settings are your friend: if you’re connecting with a bunch of recruiters, it’s probably best to make sure your connections aren’t visible on your profile.
Use your contacts
Also reach out to your list of contacts, to see who may be hiring, and whether any good words could be put in for you anywhere. Still the most successful way of securing a job is through someone you know, so do use your extended network – former colleagues, friends of friends, or other connections you have. When you get in touch, just explain that you’re trying to keep it quiet that you’re on the lookout, but that you’d appreciate any assistance they can give.
Remember who’s watching…
With all your activity, bear in mind that LinkedIn is an open social site, so, as stated above, be sure to check your privacy settings before you follow these tips.
What to wear to an interview
It’s often said that a hiring decision can be made within the first few seconds of an interview, making a good first impression can have a big impact on your chances of success.
wearing your sharpest suit isn’t always the best option.
1. Find out what your interviewers will be wearing
Find out what’s appropriate by looking at what employees are wearing in their LinkedIn profile photos and checking out what people are wearing on the company’s ‘About us’ page.
2. Don’t wear a brand-new outfit
Interview clothes should make you feel confident and comfortable. If you find that people at the company wear a variety of things,or that the dress code is casual, wear something you’ve always felt confident and comfortable in.
3. Keep it cohesive
Always avoid wearing any more than two or three different colours. This is the easiest way to make an outfit cohesive.
4. Iron out all the details
The devil’s in the details, so polish your shoes, make sure your nails are neat, iron your shirt and trousers, and keep perfume and makeup to a minimum.
The outfit that works for (almost) every interview
A crisp white button-down shirt; chinos; brogues or boots; and a textured blazer in case the A/C is on high or you feel too casual. Wear your smartest coat on top.
Why this works: By sticking to simple basics, you’ll ensure your interviewer focuses on you, not your clothes. This outfit is classic and mature, and shows more personality than a suit.
A blouse in a block colour or a crisp white shirt; dark skinny jeans or cigarette pants; brogues or loafers; and your contingency layer of choice, like a well-tailored blazer in a boyfriend style or with a nipped-in waist (and in a different colour to your trousers).
For the shirt, choose whatever fabric makes you most comfortable. Crisp white cotton is timeless, and silk or chiffon can be more flattering if you’re curvier.
Why this works: It’s simple, refined, and not distracting. Combining separates shows some personality, but the tailored jacket looks professional.
Turning point for data protection
We are undoubtedly at a turning point for data protection and the GDPR has implications for the Channel Islands in two ways:
- Local companies targeting goods or services to EU citizens will be required to comply with the GDPR, regardless of what regulatory or legislative regime is in place locally.
- The Islands ‘adequacy’ ruling under the current EU Directive will be re-assessed against the GDPR and it is highly unlikely that the current Laws will be considered adequate against the new standard.
Both Governments have therefore made the decision that the GDPR will be incorporated into local law, with the aim to be ready for implementation in May 2018 in line with the EU legislative timetable.
Visit Think GDPR for more information
Knowing what to share during a job search
The information we share online says a lot about who we are. Knowing what to share during a job search is just one area.
With 43% of recruiters saying that the image portrayed by a candidate on social media has led to a job offer, it’s more important than ever to take what you share via social media seriously. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even blogging platforms are all taken into consideration by employers when vetting candidates.
Controversial updates or links
Sharing, linking to or even ‘liking’ controversial updates or articles is an effective way to damage your chances of passing a social check by your prospective employer.
We all have our own views, but using common sense and knowing when (and when not) to endorse certain opinions and stories (which is what you’re publicly doing) is key to maintaining your personal brand.
Complaints about your current employer or boss
Obviously this is a basic thing, but many people still believe it’s OK to discuss and complain about their boss, employer in general, or even their colleagues.
A new employer doesn’t want to hire someone who will be doing their best to damage the brand image or abuse fellow employees online, and 36% have rejected a candidate as a result.
Updates about your drunken nights out (especially during the week!)
It’s no secret that some people enjoy a drink and want to let their hair down from time to time, but sharing inappropriate images of your nights out won’t do you much good when searching for a new job.
Even historical images should be considered as part of your social media cleanse – everything should be considered non-secret once published. Sharing social updates is fine, but filter what you share with your current career efforts in mind.
Loads of updates during working hours
If you’re constantly sharing updates to your social networks during working hours, then you’re obviously not working. Wasting time at work on Facebook isn’t a trait most brands look for in an applicant.
If you find it difficult to resist responding to friends shares or posting the latest news for all to see, try turning off notifications or leaving your phone in your bag.
Your address or any other sensitive personal details
This one doesn’t only count during your job search. Don’t share your sensitive personal data publicly.
It’s all too often that people share their address and then the news that they’ll be out all night or about to go on holiday.
The other side of this is the more information you share about contact details, etc. the more junk mail you’ll start to receive.
It’s best not to wait.
Advice on successfully heading back to work after having a family, it’s best not to wait for that mythical perfect time to return to work.
Tips for returning to work
1.Find the ‘working you’ again
Even a few months out of the workplace can leave you fearing that all your skills and experience have deserted you. Dig out your old appraisal forms, call ex-colleagues or invite your old boss out for a drink. You need to re-connect with the working you and the people who valued what you did in the workplace.
2.Acknowledge your new skills
Being at home with kids develops your people skills, your creative problem solving, your ability to multi-task, and your time management. These skills are not really understood or acknowledged in the workplace, so you wouldn’t tend to get the respect and credibility that you deserve but you should approach every job with your head held high.
3.Don’t rule out applying for full-time positions
Apply for full-time as well as part-time positions, as these roles are often open to negotiation on flexible hours. It’s best to start out positioning your skills and experience and convincing them that you are right for the job. After this, you will then be in a far stronger position to negotiate flexibility.
4.Make sure flexibility works both ways
Be brave and ask for the flexibility that you need and make sure that it works both ways. Be prepared to give something more back to your employer when you can, and make sure you make a good business case for working flexibly.
5.You’re not alone
It’s important to keep in mind that being a parent is a fact of life for more than 80% of employees – men and women. We have job vacancies available, don’t wait get back on your career path we are here to help.
Boredom in the workplace
Sure, boredom in the workplace feels like a quintessential “first-world” problem. But when the effects mean less motivation, lower self-worth and flagging productivity, it’s worth sitting up and paying attention.“Boredom is an averse state characterised by dissatisfaction, restlessness, and weariness,”
So how do you escape?. It can take an extra effort to get motivated just to keep plodding forward, let alone think really creatively about it.
Six tips to help
Look for opportunities. What isn’t working and how can you fix it? What’s working well and how can you do more of that? You’re in the driver’s seat here.
2.Keep a List
Keep a list of little pet projects that aren’t urgent but would be “nice to do” at some point. When you find yourself bored, grab your list, select a project and get moving
3.Seek New Challenges
Take on projects and tasks that push you outside your comfort zone. Look for growth opportunities, even when you’re busy.
4.Find a Friend
Having high quality relationships at work increases long-term job satisfaction. No surprise there! While having a friend at work won’t necessarily offset the feeling of boredom, it will make it less frustrating.
5.Get Additional Training
A great way to use downtime is to learn some new skills. Online training programs make it easy to do right from your desk. Remember, the new skills you learn are making you a more competitive member of the workforce.
6.Examine the Cause
Perhaps you’re not bored because you lack work. Maybe you’re bored because the work you have doesn’t engage you or leverage your skills. This is a different situation altogether. If you have plenty to do and you’re still feeling disengaged, you might need a new challenge, we have a list of job vacancies that could give you your mojo back.
JET – primary role is to assist people with a disability
The Jersey Employment Trust (JET) is a charitable trust. JET primary role is to assist people with a disability to find and sustain open employment. JET is made up of a number of specialised support services which enable people to access a flexible range of options that can be tailored to their specific needs. JET have a fully adapted training facility at their Oakfield site, where people can train in comfort and with the latest technology.
What do JET do?
JET provides a range of employment support services, from pre-vocational education courses, work tasters, vocational training areas (Acorn Enterprises and Oakfield Industries) and work experience placements in other commercial settings. JET help people to find suitable employment opportunities, negotiate on their behalf with employers and we can also provide on-the-job training and support.
For employers, JET can provide a comprehensive recruitment service and provide access to an experienced and motivated, but yet untapped, workforce. JET can provide job analysis, on-the-job training, information, advice and guidance on recruitment and also support with retention issues. JET can provide disability awareness training and coordinate support from other support services, such as Social Security and JEND.
Who do JET work with?
JET works with anyone who has a disability, this includes people who are on the autistic spectrum, have a sensory impairment, learning difficulty, physical impairment, people with long term medical conditions such as cancer or HIV and Aids, mental health issues, brain injury or neurological impairment.
JET mission statement
“To empower & facilitate people with a disability in Jersey. To maximise their potential to gain and maintain open employment through individual training, education and support”
BromleySanders have provided a consistently professional and focused service over many years with careful filtering of potential candidates resulting in some highly valued long term additions to our team.
I am delighted to say that our expectations have been fully met, with the time taken by BromleySanders to understand our business & culture resulting in appropriate skills and personalities being presented to us.
Geraldine’s professionalism is second to none. During the time I worked with her she spent time understanding my businesses background and with her experience in Human Resources was able to match suitable candidates for me more often than not.
Geraldine knows our business and will act as an extension of our recruitment team. It’s a pleasure working with Geraldine and it’s no surprise that BromleySanders are one of our most successful recruitment relationships.