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Terrifying moments in job hunting

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In honour of Halloween, we have compiled some truly terrifying things that can happen to the best of us when getting a job.  Not for the faint hearted.


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Realising you made an error you didn’t spot before pressing submit/send

You really do have a good eye for detail but how can you claim that when  you have just proved otherwise with typos or other mistakes in your application. You picture them reading the error and cackling as they cast your application aside.  Why oh why did I not check it one last time?

 

2. Blanking in an interview

Even if  you have prepared the answer, a question can catch you off guard and suddenly your brain empties and you are having flashbacks to the classroom when you were blanking in front of everyone and the other kids were laughing at you. Your reptilian brain is activated and you freeze like a frightened deer or a rabbit in the headlights.

You don’t answer for about 5 seconds in the hope wisdom comes in that time. Then when it doesn’t, you politely ask to move on and end up remembering half way through the next question asked. Noooooooo!

 

3. Struggling to stand out from the zombie masses 

Especially in a popular field, competition can be severe and extremely daunting. How can you prove yourself and succeed when so many good people can beat you to it? Again, your imagination kicks into overdrive and you might have to do a song and dance to differentiate yourself!

 

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Common myths about what we do

As recruitment professionals in Hertfordshire, there are industry misconceptions that we have to explain quite a bit.

Here are 10.

 

1. The thought that agencies only place temp staff


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We do so much more.

2. Clients thinking that we can only recruit for them if we are local


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Nowadays it is easier than ever to help from a distance.

3. Candidates or clients thinking they can only use one agency


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4. Thinking we don’t care about our candidates


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We truly care or we would not do what we do.

5.Thinking that all agencies take payment up front


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We get paid when we have placed someone.

6. When candidates think we are employing for ourselves

A bit of confusion if someone applies not realising we were not advertising for our own company.

7. We don’t know enough about the industry to place a candidate i.e. IT


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We have specialists working only in set industries that have ideal knowledge to find the right fit.

8. That will we ask for references from current employers

We do not go as far as employers will.

9. That we wont give feedback


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We have good relationhships with our clients so we always give constructive feedback. If we didn’t give feedback, candidates couldn’t learn how to improve.

10. That we will bombard potential clients with speculative CVs


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We carefully consider the best fit for culture as well as skills and experience. Then we only send those that we truly believe match well.

 

Hopefully these will clear up any confusion about the things we can and can’t do.

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Funniest job interview ever

Funniest job interview ever

Recently we scoured the internet looking for funny CV errors. Now we have done the same with 20 interview blunders to find the Funniest job interview ever.

1. A job applicant came in for an interview with a cockatoo on his shoulder.

2. Use three adjectives to describe yourself.

I hate questions like this.

3. Can you give me an example of your leadership skills?

Well I have 2 cats and around feeding time I need to make sure [cat 1] gets fed first as [cat 2] has a weight problem and will try to eat [cat 1’s] food. I need to ensure I lead by making sure [cat 2] is kept well away from [cat 1] until he’s finished his food.

 

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4. What’s your greatest weakness?

When someone in the workplace does something that I disagree with, I make it a point to stab them in the back.

5. What are your hobbies?

She said she practiced interpretive dance and proceeded to get up from her chair and dance around my boss’s office! We were pretty embarrassed for her.

6. Do you consider yourself to be a punctual person?

Well I’m not a grammar nazi or anything.

7. I interviewed this lady once for a customer service specialist type position. She referred to herself in the third person throughout the entire interview.

8. Why did you leave your last job?

I have a problem with authority.

9. Tell us about a problem you had with a co-worker and how you resolved it.

The resolution was we were both fired.

10. Do you have any questions?

Can we wrap this up fairly quickly? I have someplace I have to go.

11. If this doesn’t work out can I call you to go out sometime?

12. Why do you want to work for us?

My old boss didn’t like me, so one day, I just left and never came back. And here I am!

13. What are your assets? (as in strengths)

Well, I do own a bike.  

14. Have you ever had to make a judgment call which in retrospect you realised you made the wrong call?

Never. I have never made a mistake.

15.I had a job candidate tell me that she often oversleeps and has trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

16. When can you start?

I need to check with my mom on that one. 

17. I’m really not a big learner. You know … some people love learning and are always picking up new things, but that’s just not me. I’d much rather work at a place where the job is pretty stagnant and doesn’t change a lot. 

18. Tell of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it.

I stole some equipment from my old job, and I had to pay for its replacement. 

19. I don’t get out of bed for less than $200K USD per year. I let him stay in bed.

20. What would you say your weaknesses are?

If I have an argument with someone I find it very hard to work with them and it can affect the work environment.

All funny but tragic if you are trying to Nail that new job !

We are dedicated in providing you with the best personal recruitment service. Please Contact us  and we will be there every step of the way to help you in the process of finding a job. Providing you with support on how to prepare and impress.  Check out  our tips, hints and support article and remember to Follow us on linkedin and Like our facebook page. For even more help with your search read out article Advice to find a new job.

 

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Funny CV typos and errors

Here are 20 of our favourite CV errors from around the internet followed by some from our own team. Don’t let yours go on this list…

1. Qualifications: I have guts, drive, ambition and heart, which is probably more than a lot of the drones that you have working for you. 

2. Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.

3. I can type without looking at thekeyboard.

4. What I’m looking for in a job: #1) Money #2) Money #3) Money.

5. I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.

6. I am great with the pubic.

7. Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.

8. A CV printed on the back of the person’s current employer’s letterhead

9. Candidate included family medical history

10. Trying to make an impression by using four different fonts, three ink colours and a variety of highlighting options

11. Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.

12. Salary requirements: The higher the better.

13. Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.

14. Please find the attached resume that highlights all my kills.

15. Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.

16. Experienced in all faucets of accounting.

17. I have a bachelorette degree in computers.

18. Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.

19. Skills: Can make perfect velociraptor call

20. I’ll starve without a job but don’t feel you have to give me one.

Bonus one from our team

21. I don’t like money just the things money can bring me

The moral of the story is get somebody to check it over for you!

 

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Getting to know us – 20 questions Umad

The latest in our getting to know one of the team series. This time, we meet Umaad.

1. What is your role at EW Recruitment?
Recruitment Consultant

2. What keeps you most excited about that role?
Talking to all sorts of people

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Relaxed
Unflappable
Calm

4. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Sleep

5. What’s your greatest fear?
Don’t really have one

6. Where is your favourite place to be?
In bed

7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you
Haven’t passed my driving test

8. What are your most overused words/phrases?
Sort of

9. How do you define success?
Money

10. What is your favourite quote from a film?
“The closer you look the less you see”

11. What are you enjoying listening to?
Rap

12. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Buy everything

13. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Life of Umaad

14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Drive

15. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Waking up in this morning

16. What is something you learned in the last week?
My mobile number

17. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Ronaldo

18. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken

19. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Play for Manchester United

20. What three words would you use to describe EW Recruitment?
Great
Fun
Determined

 

Getting to know us – 20 questions Lia

In the second of our series probing into our team, we meet Lia.

1. What is your role at EW Recruitment?
Recruitment Consultant

2. What keeps you most excited about that role?
Talking to new people

3. Which three traits best define you?
Family orientated, courageous and I would say I am honest

4. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Oxygen

5. What’s your greatest fear?
Spiders

6. Where is your favourite place to be?
Abroad

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7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
Can be gullible

8. What are your most overused words/phrases?
Obviously, maybe and well

9. How do you define success?
Doing what makes you happy

10. What is your favourite quote from a film?
“Nothing is ever really dead if you look at it the right way”

11. What are you enjoying listening to?
The best advice

12. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Treat myself

13. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
In it to win it!

14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Become psychic

15. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
By putting the people that matter first

16. What is something you learned in the last week?
What car I am getting

17. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
My Grandad

18. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Stroganoff

19. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Sweet nothing

20. What three words would you use to describe EW Recruitment?
Loud, outgoing and motivated by our growing team

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Getting to know us – 20 questions Owen

In the first new blog of its type, we will be delving into the innermost thoughts  of our team members with our 20 questions series.

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Here we get to know Owen.

1. What is your role at EW Recruitment?
I am an apprentice recruitment consultant

2. What keeps you most excited about that role?
That every call is different

 3. Which three traits best define you?
Hardworking, loyal and talkative

4. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Oxygen

5. What’s your greatest fear?
Snakes

6. Where is your favourite place to be?
England

7. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I used to live in Melbourne

8. What are your most overused words/phrases?
Like and sort of 

9. How do you define success?
Being able to live without money worries

10. What is your favourite quote from a film?
“ It’s a trap “

11. What are you enjoying listening to?
Literally anything

12. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Go to a casino and lose it all

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The life of Owen

14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Fly a helicopter

15. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Moving abroad

16. What is something you learned in the last week?
How to parallel park

17. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Steven Gerrard

18. If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Roast dinner

19. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
Footballer

20. What three words would you use to describe EW Recruitment?
Fun, Unique and chilled

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How to Get Excited About Your Job Search

Time spent looking for work should not be daunting or boring. Here we will discuss how to ignite (or reignite) that passion for finding work. Hopefully some of these will help you come at everything with a fresh attitude.

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Mindful challenges

A positive attitude goes a long way. A mindful one goes even further. Mindfulness keeps you focused on what you are doing at any given moment. Not stressing about the past or worrying about your future employment situation. Focusing completely on the present fights depression and feeling in a slump. There are plenty of mindfulness exercises, books or classes out there.

 

At the same time as being mindful, if you challenge yourself with relevant goals that are achievable but require effort, you will have that great feeling of self-satisfaction at the end of the day. You could have number of quality applications, networking opportunities you have created or anything else personal to you.

 

This should make you focused and driven to succeed, try new things and get out of your comfort zone.

 

Visualisation

 Telling your brain you want something (in this case getting that dream job) makes the subconscious do fun and creative things. There is a phenomenon where, without realising it, we selectively  pay attention to something new to us – then it is everywhere ! If you can do that for dream job you are laughing all the way to the offer as “new” opportunities will show themselves.

 

Be Grateful

For your skills, education and opportunities. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t. It will be easier to sell to employers as well.

 

Tell Yourself you are Excited

Turn anxiety into a more positive but physiologically similar emotion. Nerves are negative, excitement is positive. Tell yourself it is excitement next time you do something nerve-wracking, like a job interview. This technique has been proven to be successful in sports as well as interviews.

 

Fake it

In a similar vein, make yourself put a great big smile on your face and it helps you feel happy inside too. Act physically excited and incredibly confident and it eventually makes you feel excited and confident.

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Speak to our team

For expert advice, positive inspiration and supportive feedback. We are always excited about helping you and it’s infectious. Call us on 0330 0520 700.

If you were in a job applications slump, or just starting the applying process and feeling overwhelmed, we hope some of these tips have made you re-think.