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Virtual interviews

Virtual interviews are becoming the ‘norm’ and for a lot of people it can be hard to do an interview virtually as most people find it tricky to shine on screen. Below I’ve listed some tips and ideas on how to make the most of your interview: Set up First and foremost make sure you are in a quiet spot. Find an area where you won’t be disturbed – find a room/area that no children can barge into or barking dogs wont stray into. Stay well away from flat mates who might be chatting to their mates on calls, traffic and even people walking outside your window. It may sounds silly but it is amazing how sound travels and how off putting and disturbing background noise can be. Trust me I know having a daughter who is currently home schooling and dogs that seem to bark at any bird that comes into our garden! Make sure you are seated at either a desk or a kitchen/dining room table and that you aren’t lounging on your sofa or even worse, bed! Clear clutter – you don’t want your possible future employer to think you live in complete chaos! It’s always an idea to have a bit of fresh air in your room to keep you alert but be aware of the noise level if your window overlooks a very busy road..

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Thoughts from the MD

At this time of year it’s normal to reflect back on the year we’ve had, and think about the type of new year we would like to see ahead. It may seem we have little control over things against the backdrop of the dreaded COVID, and its impact on our life and freedom, but it is worth reminding you that there are things very much within our control when it comes to our immediate surroundings. We spend a huge amount of time at work, thinking about work, talking about work, travelling to work and so on, therefore, it’s important that we constantly question what’s good for us. So, we encourage you to ask is your job one that you truly look forward to on a Monday morning? Does it inspire you? Are you excited to knuckle down and give it your all? Do you have a great team to work with? Are bosses or peers a positive influence on you? There are many questions worth asking yourself, and there are many vacancies out there that could give you the answer you are looking for! Do not be afraid of change, life is too short and - as we have seen over the last three years - it can be unpredictable too. So, with that in mind, have a think about a new future for yourself and visualise what it might..

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Hybrid

We appreciate that the ‘hybrid era’ is upon us, but how much flexible working is beneficial - not only to the candidate but to an employers business as a whole? We have discussed here before how the workplace is changing. Some businesses are just catching up while others are leading the march on flexible working and have been advocating this for a good few decades. Changes and requests continue to come on both sides of the candidate client experience. However, it is important to ask – what is going to be of best benefit to you and your employer’s business health going forward. We all learnt what was possible, and how quickly a new way could be achieved when we needed to respond to keeping our businesses and jobs alive during the pandemic; albeit with a fair amount of pain – but we got there! So many of you have understandably welcomed this new order with open arms, countless candidates are loving the cost savings and flexibility of operating from the spare room or kitchen table – benefits aplenty, such as extra family time, lower commute costs, the ability to prepare dinner or throw a wash on at lunchtime etc. But it’s my belief that this is not entirely sustainable or a healthy reality if not approached with balance and can lead to problems for the individual down the line...

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