Candidates

When you’re looking for the next step on your career path or simply ready for a fresh challenge, searching for the perfect role can be time consuming and demanding.

Visper Technical Ltd have your best interests in mind and will work to support you in this important decision.

Whether you are looking for a permanent, contract or temporary role, you will be treated respectfully and professionally at all times and have the reassurance that confidentiality is paramount.

We will keep in regular contact with you throughout the process and give advice on the best way to achieve your goal.

Here are some tips to help you stay focused and motivated through that all-important process.

Job search techniques

Job Boards

Register your CV on the On-Line Job Boards and regularly look for new vacancies.  The quicker a company receives your CV, the better.  This will also raise your profile in the job market by allowing potential employers and recruitment agencies the opportunity to contact you about upcoming roles.

Use your connections

Make contact and let people know you are in the market for a new position. This can be anyone from ex colleagues in your industry to people from university or college – it’s sometimes not what you know but who you know!!!

Circulate your CV

Search for and send your CV to companies in your industry/area; not all companies advertise upcoming vacancies.  It’s worth keeping up with industry news/company websites and sending your CV to companies who have won new business or have expansion plans. They may not have anything for you immediately but will keep your details on file.

CV Writing

You CV is your first contact with a potential employer so its essential this shows you in the best light and makes them want to find out more.

While you will put a lot of thought into your CV, here are a few simple points to help.

Keep the format simple and in a logical order.  Try to keep it to no more than 3 A4 pages

Tailor your CV to the type of role you are applying for and detail your relevant skills and experience. You don’t need to give detail of every position you’ve had; most employers are only concerned with your most recent, relevant experience.

Open your CV with your personal details, contact information and a personal profile to grab their attention. If you want to include your hobbies/interest, leave this until the last page

When compiling your work history, include your previous job title, employment dates, employers name and a brief overview of your key responsibilities.

List any courses or certificates which are relevant to the role or industry.

Cover Letter

In a world of on line applications, your covering letter could be the difference that gets you noticed.  Make sure an employer can see at a glance why they should select you for an interview

Keep it brief, professional; focusing on your experience relevant the role and what you can bring to their business.

Interview Preparation

Find out as much as possible about the role and the company you are going to visit; products, size, locations, style, reputation both as employers and suppliers, the sort of job they would have for you. Visper Technical Ltd will provide you with some information, but you can usually find out about most companies by looking at their website.

Think about your skills, competencies, qualifications and experience so you can answer any questions on this without too much hesitation. Try to think in particular, about how these relate to the company and the position offered.

Prepare some questions to ask at the interview and prioritise them as the interview may not be long enough to ask them all (see below for some suggestions).

Research body language, so you can learn to strengthen your good signals and curb the weaker ones.

Know the route and plan your journey giving yourself enough time if there are any delays; try a dummy run if you have the opportunity

Interview Day

Personal Presentation

First impressions count! Practise a good positive handshake; not too firm, not too weak.

Always smile and make eye contact with the interviewer.

Make sure you dressed smart and in a way that will fit in with the company – it is advisable to always wear a well-ironed, dark coloured suit with shirt & tie and well-polished shoes.

Take a copy of your CV and the information the Visper Technical Ltd provide you with, carrying it all in a suitable folder or case.

You may also want to take along copies of relevant qualifications, certificates & some samples of your work (if appropriate). This all adds to the impression of you being well organised and enthusiastic.

Never smoke beforehand, and it is probably safer not to accept offers of tea or coffee as it can get in the way.

Timing

Plan a reliable way of getting there which allows you to be at least 15 minutes early and allow for any unexpected delays. Always have a backup route!

You do not want to arrive looking flustered. Remember that if you arrive at the company exactly on time, you will often be delayed at reception or while parking your car and locating the correct department, so a few extra minutes can make a big difference to that all important first impression.

If you are late this may mean that your interview is cut short so you may not have a chance to convince the interviewer of your skills. Always ring ahead to advise the company if you may be late, also inform your Consultant at Visper Technical Ltd

On Your Arrival

Be polite to all staff that you meet, as they count too – and may be able to influence a decision in your favour.

Make sure you know who it is you are meeting as it will look bad if you get their name wrong.

At the Interview

Try to relax as much as possible. The company has taken the time to interview you and they need to fill the position so it is in their interest too that it is successful.

Try not to monopolise the meeting – let your interviewer talk.

Do not be too passive – ask questions of your own as this shows you are really interested.

Try to find out what are the key parts of the candidate specification, so you can show how you meet them.

Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitability of the organisation.

Try to show, without being contrived, that you have done some research.

Be honest about your experience. Lies will always be found out.

Keep your replies simple, but avoid just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Offer positive information – do not focus on negatives or criticise previous employers. This is unprofessional.

Ask about the existing team and show how you would be able to join and enhance this.

Make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing you.

Interview Questions

Before attending an interview, you should think about your responses to the following questions. Your answers may depend on the job or company in question, so you should go through your responses just before each interview.

Why do you want this job?

Stress the positive aspects which have attracted you to applying for this position. Take care not to mention any negative aspects of your current employer, job or the job in question.

What qualities do you think will be required for this job?

Their advertisement for the job may help you a little bit, but you should also think of the other qualities that may be required. These may include leadership ability, supervisory skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving, analytical skills, etc.

What can you contribute?

This is your chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements in your previous position(s) which are relevant to the new position you are applying for.

Why do you want to work for this company?

Emphasise the positive reasons why you want to join their company, but avoid aspects such as more money or shorter hours. These would not endear you to a prospective employer.

What do you know about this company?

This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company. Give them a run-down of their products / services, news, company figures, customers, etc.

What interests you about our product (or service)?

Again, your research into the company should aid you in answering this question.

What can we (the new company) offer that your previous company cannot offer?

Tread carefully here! Again, do not mention money. Stress opportunities for personal growth, new challenges, etc

Why should we employ you?

The answer to this question will be based on your previous experience and achievements which relate to the company. At the end, you could add that you think there is a good fit between you and the job, and do ask the interviewer for their opinion.

How long do you think it would be before you were making a significant contribution to the team / company?

If you think that you could contribute from day one, then say so. Then turn the question round on them and ask how soon they would expect it.

Why did you choose your present career?

Be positive about your reasons. If you have changed careers make a logical argument as to why you did so.

Why are you leaving your current employer / role?

Always be positive about your reasons for joining and leaving a company. Be very careful that you do not say anything negative about your present employer. If you do, the new company will wonder what you will say about them when you leave. You might want to stress that you are looking for a new challenge and that you feel that the company who is interviewing you fits the bill!

What are you looking for in a new job?

Make sure your answer fits in with the role & company who is interviewing you. A suitable reply would be that you are looking for a new job where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones.

What would your ideal job be?

Again, remember where you are! Describe the job in terms of the criteria they have used to describe their job. An ideal job might include things like challenging work, a fair rate of pay for the job, nice colleagues, good career prospects, good team atmosphere, opportunity to learn new skills, apply old skills, etc.

Are you considering any other positions at the moment?

Be truthful, but do not give too many details away – it will weaken your negotiating position later.  If you do not have any other job offers at the moment, just say that “you have a few irons in the fire”.

What did you do on a day to day basis?

Stress the positive things you did including your achievements. Even if some or much of it was paperwork, you can still show your interest in the way it was tackled.

Did you increase sales or profits in your last job?

This question is only relevant for senior managers or sales people. If you have increased sales and / or profit, then do not be afraid to shout about it. If you have not increased sales say why not, e.g. general downturn in the market, etc. It might then be a good idea to mention an achievement in a previous job if your performance was better there.

Have you reduced costs at your last company?

If you have reduced costs say so – companies are always looking for ways to reduce costs.

How would you describe yourself?  How would others describe you?

Pick your best attributes and achievements from your career.

What was your greatest success? How did you achieve it?

You should pick an achievement which is related to their needs.

What has been your biggest failure?

Try to pick a failure which you were later able to correct or something that is not really important.

Did you feel you progressed satisfactorily in your last job?

If you progressed faster than normal you should say so. If growth was not as good as expected, then be careful how you phrase this.

How do you handle criticism?

Your answer should be along the following lines: “I always think that it is important to get feedback on how I am performing so that I can improve any areas which my manager/supervisor highlights.

What sort of manager are you? What makes a good manager?

You should say that it is someone who listens to other people and can delegate whilst maintaining overall control of the task at hand, bringing in the project on time and to budget. Good planning skills are essential.

Do you work well with others? Or are you a loner?

Some jobs mean that you have to work very closely with other people whilst other jobs mean that you are largely working on your own, so you need to say that you are happy in both situations.

What motivates you?

Our suggestions are career growth, opportunity to learn new skills, good co-workers, etc.

What management style gets the best results out of you?

Try and think about how you have reacted to different managers and which factors have motivated you. Do not say too much in reply to this question, because if your answer is contrary to the management style of the company they will not be keen to employ you!

Salary Negotiation

Avoid mentioning the subject of salary at the 1st interview. Either, wait for the interviewer to bring it up or wait until the 2nd interview. You should already have given your salary expectations to Visper Technical Ltd, so the salary offered should be within this range.

Remember – Everything is negotiable!! If the final offer is not what you had hoped for, say that you like the job, but the package is not up to your expectations – can they be flexible at all – now or after a probationary period.

Counter-Offer Preparation

10 things you should ask yourself before accepting a Counter-Offer:

  1. What kind of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
  2. Where is the money coming from for the Counter-Offer? In all likelihood, it is just your next rise come early.” (All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines / budgets which must be followed.)
  3. “Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a lower salary price.”
  4. “You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on your loyalty and your credibility will always be in question.”
  5. “When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t. We can’t tell you who will be promoted, but we can say who won’t be!”
  6. “When times get tough, your employer will begin any cutbacks with you.”
  7. “The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future even if you accept a Counter-Offer.”
  8. “Statistics show that if you accept a Counter-Offer the probability of you voluntarily leaving within six months or being let go within one year is 80%.”
  9. “Accepting a Counter-Offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride, knowing that you were bought off.”
  10. “Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.”

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