Is it Expensive to Use a Recruitment Consultant?

Businesses pay for access to recruitment services so it’s important to understand the costs involved when working with a recruitment consultant. Fees will vary depending on the consultant and where you are based in the UK. Here are some things to ask about before deciding to work with a specific recruitment agency:

  • Percentage fees for successful placements. Some recruiters will charge you a percentage of the cost of hiring a new member of staff. This will be an ongoing charge, so make sure you know how much this could be before making your decision.
  • Agency fees. You will sometimes need to pay an upfront fee to work with an agency. Find out about the agency’s terms and conditions.
  • Advertising fees. Some agencies will only charge you for the adverts they place, making this the cheapest way of accessing recruitment services. Be sure to check that there are no other hidden costs.

 

How to Sell Yourself in an Interview

An interview is your chance to show what you can do and also let employers know about your unique personality. You will be able to sell yourself and give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job. Here are some ways to make sure you show yourself off to your full potential in an interview:

  • Be friendly and personable. A potential employer needs to know that you will fit in with the existing team. Show that you are a people person.
  • Prepare for the interview. The interviewer will be impressed with your company knowledge and will be pleased that you have carried out plenty of research.
  • Ask questions. This will make you look genuinely interested in the role. Don’t ask generic questions – ask the questions that occur to you throughout the interview, as well as the questions you have formulated beforehand that show your knowledge and passion for the role and the field.

Planning for an Interview – What you Should Know

If you’ve got an interview for a new job, congratulations. This is a very exciting time, though of course, the interview itself is still to come. Nobody can ever be quite sure what an interviewer is going to ask when you go in to talk to them. However, you can put in some good preparation beforehand. Here are some of the things you should know when you go into the interview:

  • Who is interviewing you? You should know the name of the person to ask for when you arrive, so look them up on LinkedIn and learn a little bit about them.
  • The company’s background. They will want to see that you are interested in the company and where it has come from.
  • The role. Do your research around the role and see if you can find out as much as you can about what you might be doing at work.

How to Manage the Recruitment Process

Finding a new job has its stressful moments, no more so than when you start to actually go to interviews. The whole process can be unpredictable and very difficult to deal with, especially if you have your heart set on a particular position. Here are some tips to help you cope with job hunting:

  • Talk to your recruitment consultant regularly. Remind them that you are keen and that you are a great candidate who they will be proud to place with one of their clients.
  • Never assume that a position is yours. Even if you think an interview has gone really well, there may also be lots of other strong candidates. It may take an employer a while to decide so in the meantime, keep looking for other opportunities. You never know, you might find an opportunity you like the look of even more.
  • Learn from your mistakes. If you do not get a position, ask if there is any feedback they can give you so that you can improve for your next interview.

Three Ways To Improve Your Working Life

  • Learn to work more efficiently – The pressure of added responsibility stimulates most people to learn how to accomplish more in the same amount of time. Look for opportunities to be more decisive, to let go of tasks that should be delegated to others, to work faster and to create better systems for monitoring and tracking work.
  • Plan short-term and long-term – You might be able to orchestrate some developmental assignments rather quickly. You might have to put others on hold as you wait for the right opportunity to emerge. You may get as much out of a small-scale, ongoing assignment (e.g., being a peer coach for new employees) or a short-term project (e.g., serving on a hiring committee) as you would from a larger commitment.
  • Schedule your time – This is easier if your assignment involves specific meeting times and clear deadlines, but block out time for other key activities that will help you make the most of your developmental assignment, such as study and practice, writing in a learning journal or meeting with a mentor.