How Can Your Local Job Centre Help You

Many people look down on the Job Centre thinking it is only there to assist people claiming benefits. This is not the case and a trip there can be very worthwhile. Although they do deal with benefit claims, they also offer help and financial support in returning to work or additional training. If you are under 30 and looking to start your own business, again they can provide you with some very useful contacts and groups that you can attend. If you are struggling to find a job or failing when it comes to the interview process, they have specially trained members of staff that can talk to you about this and work on improving your CV and interview techniques. All Job Centres also have facilities where you can search for jobs online and for many of them even apply. They have phones that can be used to call up a company advertising a vacancy and often have questionnaires that you can complete to suggest compatible vacancies to you.

Preparing for an Interview as a Potential Employee

So you have sent off your CV and cover letter to apply for a job you have seen. Or maybe you have been head hunted by a recruitment agency or by the employer. Normally the next step is that you asked to attend an interview. Although interviews can be carried out over the phone or even via a video call, the majority of them are done face to face on the companies premises. Next thing to consider is what you are going to wear to your interview. Most employers expect candidates that are attending an interview to dress in a smart and professional manner. This often means wearing a suit or smart trousers / skirt and shirt. You will also need to think about what questions you will want to ask the employer. Do not be scare to asked questions and if you are not asked if you want to know anything, then at the end of the interview is usually a good time to bring them up. You may want to know about the hours that you need to do, if there is any travelling involved and more detail about the job specifics.

Great Interviewing Techniques for Employers

Meeting the potential employee in person offers the chance to get to know the real person behind the “CV hype.” As you’re conducting the interview, this is your chance to ask questions that you would like to know that maybe hadn’t been covered in their CV. Some common questions that Employers like to ask are: “What are your goals for the future, where would you like to see yourself in 3 years” etc or “why do you believe you be good at this job, what do you have to offer.”Do not be scared to ask such questions like, “Why is there a gap in your CV for 12 months or if they appear to have had many different jobs in a short period.

The main thing to remember is that this person is applying to become part of your business and it is up to you to check out the information they have told you. Many people ask for references from previous employers, this is a great way to see how the person performs when they are in their role and how they may be an asset to your company.