Quick Interview Tips For Candidates

Quick Interview Tips For Candidates

Quick Interview Tips For Candidates

With Hiring Managers seeing on average 4-5 applicants for each role, it is important that candidates show themselves in the best possible light in order to secure an offer.

Nerves are often blamed for poor performance in an interview, so how do you overcome the nerves and make a lasting impression on the hiring manager?

Here are The Burford Recruitment Company’s quick interview tips for candidates to ensure you minimise your nerves, give a good account of yourself and make a lasting impression on the interviewer.

Be Prepared!

There is a clear correlation between how prepared you are and how nervous you will be, so reduce your nerves by doing your homework! Hiring Managers will expect you to know what the company does, what their values are, and what you will bring to the role. This shouldn’t phase you. You have all the tools you require in order to prepare. You can find out about the culture of an organisation by visiting the company website and you can prepare answers to questions of how you demonstrate their values in advance. You can (and should) review the job description (which you should have been issued) thinking of examples of when you have demonstrated the skills required.

Be confident!

Be confident but not overly confident so that you appear cocky. Bear in mind that having seen your CV, the Hiring Manager has decided that he or she is prepared to take time out to speak to you further about the role so it is likely that you have many of the skills and experience required to do the job. You are already half way there!

Look the part!

Different people have different ideas here but in general we would always suggest that you make an effort to dress smartly for an interview. Try to also be aware of your body language, give a good handshake and make eye contact with all interviewers. Sit up straight (which has the added benefit of helping you speak clearly) and if you can manage it try the occasional smile!


Be careful not to talk over your interviewer no matter how keen you are to answer their questions.

End on a high!

A list of pre-prepared questions will help to avoid any awkward pauses as you frantically try to think of something to say when they ask “Do you have any questions?”. Once that is out of the way and the interview is finishing, make sure you end it positively. Thank each of them for their time and shake their hands. If it is an opportunity you think you would like to pursue then let them know and ask what the next steps might be. If it is a close decision between you and another candidate it might just be enough to tip it in your direction.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a great first impression!

Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates

Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates

Telephone Interview Tips for Candidates

When applying for a job, whether it is a face to face interview or a telephone interview, it’s critical to make a good first impression! Unfortunately, all too often a poor telephone interview can cut short your application. With that in mind, we thought we would give you some simple tips on how best to prepare and what to do to improve your chances of a successful telephone interview.

Before the call:

  • Ensure you are in a location with a good mobile phone signal, or better still arrange the call to be on a land line. If you have one, wear a headset to keep your hands free for your notes.
  • Ensure you are in a quiet place where you are unlikely to be disturbed or distracted.
  • Research the company website and spend time looking over the job description and advert prior to interview. Match your skills on your CV to the job spec and have examples ready of when you have demonstrated the key traits or tasks associated with the role.
  • Have a pen and paper to hand to make notes
  • A list of pre-prepared questions will also help to avoid an awkward pause as you frantically try to think of something at the end.

During the call:

  • Be confident and speak clearly. Standing up might help! Amongst other benefits such as projecting more confidence, standing up puts less pressure on your diaphragm and should result in clearer speech.
  • Be careful not to talk over your interviewer no matter how keen you are to answer their questions.
  • End the call positively by thanking them for their time
  • If it is an opportunity you think you would like to progress, confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next steps might be.

We hope this helps and you get through to a face to face interview where you can let your personality come through even more.

Good luck!

CV Writing Tips For Candidates

CV Writing Tips For Candidates

 CV writing tips for candidates

Having worked in the recruitment industry for nearly 30 years between us, we must have read (or at least glanced at) tens of thousands of CVs. Some were good, and there was that excited feeling after the first few seconds that we might actually have found “the one” for our clients. Some on the other hand were very bad, and while we might have missed a trick and passed over the perfect candidate on occasion, poor CVs generally end up at the bottom of the pile so we can move on and look at the next CV.

You see the thing is, if a recruiter (whether they be from a recruitment agency or internal recruitment team) doesn’t like a CV, or can’t see how the applicant would fit the role in the first few seconds, then the likelihood of them persevering and reading through 3 sides of A4 to find out more is slim. Having a good CV is therefor critical to achieving your career aspirations.

Now my opinion is only one of many, and recently I have seen recruiters (and a number of CV writers) posting on social and professional sites that CVs need a shake-up. They say that most CVs are dull, and that they should have colour, quirky fonts and funky designs to grab the recruiter’s attention. They even suggest that self-imposed grades for showing what your best skills are a good idea.

Please don’t be fooled! While they might be good for artistic or design positions, in general, they simply confuse the recruiter who has to scan multiple columns and boxes to find the simplest of information.

Think of it this way; sending your CV is the first part of the application process, and can essentially be seen as being the first (blind) interview stage. You wouldn’t turn up for an interview wearing a multi-colour suit, with a henna tattoo on your face to make yourself look interesting, would you? No, because it would distract from the fact that you are qualified and capable of doing the job.

For the majority of vacancies, CVs need to do one thing and one thing only. That is to show, in as short a time as possible that you are capable of carrying out the role for which you are applying. If you do this effectively, it is likely that you will get the opportunity to show your personality off in the interview.

We are here to help, so if you would like a chat about your CV or how we can help you in yourjob search please feel free to contact us. Since opening for business in January 2017, The Burford Recruitment Company have a CV to interview hit rate of over 80% so we must be doing something right!

Alternatively try the following tips when writing your CV and remember, the first few seconds really do count!

Below are our top 5 CV writing tips:

    1. Read the advert properly…twice! Make sure you know what you are applying for, and don’t apply based on the title of the advert. Different companies use different titles. Remember no two jobs are the same. Marketing Assistant and Digital Marketing Assistant can be wildly different jobs!


    1. Tailor your CV to each application – If you are applying for a Sales Administrator position but your summary says you are passionate about business development you are less likely to get an interview


    1. Order it correctly – Generally a one or two paragraph personal summary followed by key skills, relevant employment history, relevant education / qualifications, and finally everything else is the way to go


    1. Use bullet points – These allow you to get over the main areas of each of your previous Jobs without waffling or diluting the key points (again highlight things from your previous jobs that relate to the job you are applying for)


    1. Use spell check! – (No explanation needed)

We think that applying these golden rules will help you get an interview and maybe even help get the job of your dreams. Good luck in your search!


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