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How To Answer The Five Most Common Interview Questions

  •  Posted on Mai 31, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
Your telephone rings. After a few months of an exhausting job search, you finally hear the best phrase ever: “We would like to invite you for an interview”. Well, my congratulations to you! However, the most important part of your adventure has just started – get prepared for the interview. What does it mean? Generally, in Germany you will get at least two interviews before landing a job: the first one with a recruiter and a second, if you pass the HR barrier – with a hiring manager.   Let’s start from the first meeting – talking to a recruiter. I want to make it clear: every recruiter will talk to you individually using the techniques s/he believes in. There are many types of interviews (structured, behavioural, selection, meal interviews to name a few), and every person has an individual interviewing style. It all matters and definitely affects the process and the outcome of the interview. However, there are some typical questions, which are met in 80% of the first interviews. Therefore, knowing what you are going to talk about and practicing your answers is the key to success.   Here are the 5 most common questions:   Tell me about yourself Variations of the question: discuss your current position Why do they ask this: A recruiter wants to see how you can speak; whether you can clearly articulate the most important aspects of your personality and work you are doing; here you may underline why you are the best choice for the position by showcasing your achievements which are important for the new role you are applying for. What you can answer:   Don’t try to retell your CV: a recruiter reads faster than you speak ;) Tell a STORY of who you are and why you are good for the job. Show your best achievements, illustrating them with numbers. Make sure your counterpart understands everything you are saying (decode acronyms which may be not familiar to the listener, especially if you are talking some specific companies’ language).   Why are you interested in the position? Variations of the question: What do you know about our company? Why do you want to change your current job? Why do they ask this: The question intends to check your genuine motivation and enthusiasm about the company and the position. The recruiter wants to understand whether you are looking for a job in general (it doesn’t matter for you what to do)  or you take the next career move seriously. What you can answer: Make your homework: visit the corporate web site of the company, social media accounts, google what the former employees say. Read as much as you can, including what the media publishes about the company or the industry in general (if the company you are applying for is relatively small). Check the social profiles of the people you are going to meet (usually you are given the names and positions of your vis-à-vis). Again, tell a story not just sum of facts.   Why are you looking for a new challenge now? Variations of the question: why did you leave the previous job? Why do they ask this: The interviewer is looking for any red flags in your story. S/he also wants to have a reliable employee on board and to avoid hiring a person who would leave the company in the nearest 1-2 years. What you can answer: Explain what you are looking for in your career, especially if you change the job frequently or you have some stations with less than 1 year of experience. Don’t say anything negative about your former or current employer, even if your boss is an absolute Mr. Evil. Concentrate on your future career perspectives, which you are going to pursue at the new company. If you are unemployed now clarify why you lost the job. If it was a layoff, say it directly, probably showing that the whole department was laid off (which is quite typical today). Show what you are up to during this time (looking for a job does not look very persuasive). Probably you study a new language, or learn to code; help your spouse with his/her business.   What are your strengths / weakness Why do they ask this: Surely, these are two separate questions. But usually they go together. So, if the recruiter made one of them, be prepared for the second one. For an HR person it is important to see if the new hire is self-aware and is capable of giving a fair feedback to her/himself. What you can answer: Make two lists of your skills, one for strength and one for weaknesses. Choose 3 characteristics in each list: those that sound most authentic for you and suit the job you are applying for. Make sure that you adjust the list for different jobs. It is crucial that you don’t have weaknesses that disturb your performance at a particular job. For example, if the position requires details orientation you should avoid saying that you are poorly organised. The same with strengths: chose something, which is important for the job: for a sales position, you may demonstrate your high ability to communicate with strangers and create long-lasting personal relations.   Do you have any questions for me  Why do they ask this: If a candidate is well prepared s/he will definitely have questions on a position, company culture and career perspectives. This question is also a good test for candidate’s genuine motivation. What you can answer: Be authentic! Make a question, which you really think to be important. Please, please don’t make questions which you have read in a guide, like “what was your best day at this company”. It always sounds artificial, especially if it is a third person making the same “smart” question today. Don’t ask about salary increase or holidays during the first meeting, as far as this could be perceived not in your favour. Believe me, this will be definitely discussed in all the details, as far as compensation is good motivation for the majority of candidates. Now I have a question for you! What question do you consider to be the most difficult to answer during the job interview? Share your experience – it’s always useful to know :)   by: 
 

Euro London’s Top 5 CV Tips!

  •  Posted on Mai 31, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
Listen to the experts! The consultants at Euro London share their tips with you to help you put your best foot forward! They look at hundreds of CVs every day so they know when they see a strong one! Enjoy the video and post comments :) london@eurolondon.com +44 (0)20 7029 3799
 

New Euro London Website to Launch in May 2017

  •  Posted on Apr 26, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
Euro London has been going strong for 27 years and had one of the very first recruitment consultancy websites in 1996.   Due to the international success and growth of the business, and the expanding team numbers, Managing Directors Steve and David Shacklock decided it was time for a new website to showcase all Euro London have to offer.   “We have a great team who constantly bring fresh ideas to the table and they know exactly what our clients and candidates need – that’s why we decided to re design the website. It’s user friendly, informative and unique with a personal touch – all because it was designed by the team here at ELA.  We are giving you the chance to get to know us as a company and as individuals via the website, so you can trust that we have your best interests in mind and we can deliver the professional services you are looking for.” – Steve Shacklock   Features:
  • Easy access to featured roles, categorised by sectors, languages and location
  • Unique job alerts to suit each candidate
  • Blogs & Tips written by Recruitment Specialists
  • Testimonials from Candidates & Clients
  • Social media platforms to engage and interact
  • Video tips for candidates
  • Consultant profiles for candidates/clients to view prior to meeting
Set for launch: May 2017
 

The Winner of the Extra Miler Award for March 2017 is…

  •  Posted on Apr 03, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
The winner of the Extra Miler Award for March 2017 is Caroline Verhees! Awarded for her hard work and dedication to Euro London. Congratulations Caroline!
 

The winner of the Extra Miler Award for February 2017 is…

  •  Posted on Mär 01, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
The winner of the Extra Miler Award for February 2017 is Alex Poyot! Awarded for his hard work and dedication to Euro London. Congratulations Alex!
 

3 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Recruiter

  •  Posted on Jan 20, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
Job searching isn’t easy. We have all been there, we get it.   The best recruiters make the whole process seamless and less stressful for you.  They are super friendly and they ask all the right questions to make sure that they find you your ideal job.   Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you need to impress them first. They are the ones that choose the best CVs to present to their clients, so you need to make sure that you put your best foot forward and show them how professional you are.   Be honest… just not TOO honest.   Scenario 1: Asking about the Salary too soon   Recruiter: “Hi Jack, I’ve just spoken to one of my clients from a great company over in London Bridge and there is an opportunity available in their IT team. Would you like to hear about it?”   Candidate: “How much are they offering?”   Outcome: You have just displayed that your focus is on making money and not developing your career. The recruiter needs to know that you have an interest in your field of work and that you would be a good fit for their client’s company.   Ideal response: Listen and then ask questions. Find out what the job responsibilities are and what the company culture is like. It’s not always about the money.     Scenario 2: Your negative reason for leaving   Recruiter: “Why are you looking to leave your current role?”   Candidate: “I hate it here. My manager won’t give me a promotion so I want to leave”.   Outcome: You will come across quite negative and this will make recruiters think twice about forwarding your CV onto their clients – even if you look good on paper, your attitude will have a huge impact on what a recruiter thinks about you.   Ideal response: Saying this is acceptable: “Although I enjoyed my role at (company name), there was no room for progression and I think it’s time for the next step in my career”.     Scenario 3: You think you know better than the recruiter   Recruiter: “Let’s talk about your qualifications and experience which could relate to this particular role”   Candidate: “I don’t need any. It’s an entry level role. I don’t need a degree or experience for that!”   Outcome: Well, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a call back from the recruiter. They are here to work with you to find a role, they cannot perform miracles. They understand their client’s requirements and if you do not fit the bill, you cannot convince them to put you forward anyway.   Ideal response: Be honest. Tell them you haven’t got any experience or qualifications. Tell them that you didn’t realise you required a degree for this particular role. Ask for advice on roles that you can be put forward for or ask about internships so that you can gain experience.   If you are looking for a new role or for career advice, speak to one of our friendly consultants at Euro London.   jobs@eurolondon.com 020 7029 3799
 

Thinking of working abroad? Read this.

  •  Posted on Jan 18, 2017  by  | Keine Kommentare
Have you ever thought about a change of scenery? Whether you are currently unemployed, seeking a new role or your company has presented an opportunity for you to work abroad – these tips are for you! 1 – Start over, press reset This is your chance to start over. New location, new surroundings, new friends and new opportunities. Sure, the 1st stage of the move can be overwhelming but once you settle into your new place, you will be rewarded with life changing experiences and memories. 2 –  Culture Immerse yourself in the local way of living. Learn traditions and taste the food. Become aware of your surroundings. Learning the local language will be beneficial as a personal  skill and it will also look great on your CV! Mental stimulation is incredibly important for everyone and you will notice that your concentration and energy levels increase after you invest time into new experiences. 3 – More Money If you speak more than one language, then you can receive around 8-20% more than your monolingual counterpart. Multilingual candidates are a real asset to companies as they can assist with communicating with key clients and consumers, adding value to the company reputation. Also, depending on the location, the cost of living can be lower in comparison to where you currently reside. It would be beneficial to research salary and tax rates as well as property and travel prices before you make a decision to relocate. 4 – Enhance your CV Stand out from the crowd. Your experience abroad will showcase your ability to adapt to diverse workplaces and will demonstrate your understanding of business styles abroad. Also, it’s a great conversational piece for your first interview! 5 – New Connections When you meet new people you can potentially be introduced to new opportunities. You might gain a new perspective on different situations by talking to someone new as well as massively improve your language skills! You might make a new friend who introduces you to exciting new pastimes. You might meet someone in your professional network who is looking for someone with your expertise to join their business. Opportunities are endless. Experiences are priceless. If you are thinking about relocating for work and you speak more than one language, please contact us at Euro London. We can help to broaden your horizons.
 

What I’ve learnt at Euro London

  •  Posted on Jan 22, 2016  by  | Keine Kommentare

-2-300x169I joined over 4 years ago in Windsor, as a recruitment consultant in Windsor and I am leaving as Associate Manager in London. I joined after going travelling to South East Asia and Australasia and I am leaving to move to Australia. So I guess I've come full circle. (mehr …)

 

Solving the Challenges of Learning a New Language

  •  Posted on Jan 15, 2016  by  | Keine Kommentare

World.FlagsAnybody who learned to speak multiple languages as an older child or adult will vividly remember the frustrations of studying an entirely alien method of communication. The rules of grammar in your second language may not function in the same way as your mother tongue, the new pronunciations seem near-impossible, and your two languages may be as foreign to one another as Mandarin is to English. (mehr …)

 

How to make the most of a deployment working abroad

  •  Posted on Jan 07, 2016  by  | Keine Kommentare

Working_abroadForeign deployments are becoming a highlight of many professionals careers and increased mobility within the EU enables many thousands of fellow Europeans every year to enjoy working in another country and culture with relative ease, moving between offices and countries to meet their counterparts, improve commercial skills in a new linguistic and cultural context and return to their home country months or years later with improved understanding of how their business operates in another country , a more open-minded approach and even new hobbies or interests developed abroad. (mehr …)

 

Why is Europe so important for Businesses with Language needs?

  •  Posted on Dez 10, 2015  by  | Keine Kommentare

EU-flagFollowing the result of the General Election in May, our relationship with our European cousins will over the next couple of years be one of the most critical political discussions. (mehr …)

 

Interview with Steve and David Shacklock: 25 years of Euro London Appointments (PART 6)

  •  Posted on Nov 20, 2015  by  | Keine Kommentare
2015-ELA25_2-PNGOver the past five weeks, we have covered the past, present and future of Euro London. To finish our series of insightful interviews with Steve and David, it’s time to share a bit of their fun sides! (mehr …)