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September is here. Thank goodness…schools are back, hooray!
You may be feeling relief or you may be feeling underwhelmed as your idea that September would be the end of this strange time, is not actually what you thought it would be. The streets and tubes are still eerily empty and apart from Monday to Wednesday (thanks Dishy Rishi) there is a sense that restaurants are not what they used to be.
September for all we think is emotive for so many reasons, the majority of people will have memories of new schools, leaves falling, the weather changing, perhaps new beginnings.
We also see a new chapter of Attic life after 18 years with all of us continuing to work from home for the time being. Although we dearly miss the office banter and the continuous chat about what we are having for lunch we have found we are so much more productive on all levels and actually our zoom interviews are so good, in fact without the buzz of the office we are having even more incisively good interviews with new and old candidates. And this is what we are all about getting our candidates the best jobs, the most suitable for their personalities and skill sets, to make them happy and fulfilled.
Because, if the job you spend so much of your life doing is making you smile, then everything else seems a lot easier. We are always here for a chat, an update and we hope to be getting in touch with more and more of you as the business continues to pick up so do keep us updated with your news or changes.
Like Bob, are you a little confused about what questions to be asking at an interview?
Having spoken to a lot of candidates, we always notice that people stay up late the night before an interview rehearsing your new interview questions and how you might answer them… always remaining positive of course. “What is your biggest weakness?”, “What makes you different from the other candidates we are meeting?”, “What are your long-term goals?” Responding correctly is crucial… but we want you to remember that it is not just how you answer these tricky questions it’s the questions that you ask which will make you stand out from the crowd.
Someone once said to me… “An inquisitive candidate is an interested one” and I could not agree more. Someone who comes across willing and enthusiastic about a role is always more appealing to the employer. Therefore, make your questions count and memorable.
It is crucial that you as the candidate do your homework, turning up and winging it is just not going to get you a job. Demonstrating that you have done your research and have qualifying questions to back your research up will make a huge difference.
When it comes to asking these questions, delivery is everything, as well as is the content of course. Ensuring that you come across composed and well thought out but also knowledgeable on the topic. Making sure that your questions show your personality and that they reflect your passions, this will ensure that your personality shines through then you will be remembered by the interviewer.
Here are some examples of questions that we have found to get the best results: