Strategic People’s guide to ace that interview

By Thomas Giles

Strategic People's guide to ace that interview

There was a period when people feared the interview process for more than just the pressure of wanting/needing the job. The root of this fear: Oddball questions designed to test the candidate’s ability to think out-of-the-box. Questions such as:

‘If space is infinite, how long can it go on for?’

‘Describe the colour yellow to a blind person.’

Luckily, this method of interviewing has become redundant for the most part.

Some employers have adopted a psychometric test to gain insight into candidate’s stability within a role using personality characteristics and aptitude (cognitive abilities).

Strategic People have created a training programme that begins at the point of interview and develops throughout the successful candidate’s career.

Here’s a secret; we want you to do well in the interview. Regardless of how nervous you feel and how tough the interviewer seems; the truth is we’re rooting for you.

Research the company thoroughly

Take time to look into what the company does, who they hire, what the culture is like, their core values. There is nothing less impressive than sitting chatting away with zero knowledge. Check out LinkedIn and blogs to get a feel for the company tone.

Tip: Search for your interviewer to see what they look like and stand to shake their hand before they greet you or integrate common interests you share with them into the conversation.Do not start a conversation about how many city goals were scored in the last game unless you can commit to a full conversation about it.


Understand the job description

Ensure that you know exactly what you are applying for and investigate any terms foreign to you. Be aware that employers may use internal terms within their job descriptions so ensure that you have completed detailed research and are prepared for any questions that might come up on the subject.


Draw comparisons between your resume and the job description

Put your mind in the place of the interviewer and try to predict what they will have seen from your CV that fits with their role. Think of work-related stories and give examples of scenarios where you went the extra mile to solve a problem, made a successful outcome, overcame a weakness or created a new process.


Practice speaking out loud about yourself

You’d be amazed how many people develop stutters when it comes to talking about themselves. It’s important to get comfortable talking about all the good things you have to offer, with the perfect balance of pride and consciousness. Sit in front of your mirror and think of the interview as a conversation.


Dress Professionally

The purpose of the interview is to be remembered and ultimately hired. Don’t be remembered for being ‘too much’, too casual, too scruffy, too put together, too bold. Your clothes should be neutral and allow your personality to shine through. An ironed shirt, clean suit or pencil skirt and blazer, matching socks and polished shoes will go a long way in your favour.


Waiting to be seen

This is the first impression that the company will have of you. Be patient and curious about the office. Don’t cause distractions to the working team while playing on your phone or putting on make-up. Use this time to run through the preparation you’ve done and imagine yourself working in the office for the company.


Bring copies of your CV

Have fresh neatly presented copies of your CV just in case it’s needed. You never know when someone will forget to send it over in time, or the printer will break or the interviewer will misplace it in their mountain of other potentials. It would also be beneficial to bring along evidence of your successes, such as: awards won, written references, proof of billings and earners.

Tip: To really stand out create a presentation about your understanding of the company, the role, the industry and where you think you fit in. Ensure that you have evidence to back up your statements and make a concrete sales pitch.


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What does Brexit mean for UK software developers?

By Thomas Giles

The UK is widely recognised as the leading tech hub in Europe, with a strong network of developers. Alarmingly, post Brexit research found that 1 in 3 people working in the UK tech sector come from another European country.

What does Brexit mean for UK software developers?

The effects of the momentous referendum result of 2016 are still being felt as the country learns to adapt to the uncertainty of the future.

In the early months Britain’s economic uncertainty saw many employers putting a freeze on ‘unnecessary’ spending. However, less than a year on spending in digital, IT and technology has begun to rise again with funds into recruitment drives being lifted off ice.

Towards the end of last year, it was announced that the UK will double the number of visas offered to non-EU nationals who show promise in various fields including technology. The plans were announced under Theresa May’s post-Brexit strategy, geared to present Britain as open to global talent.

Previously there has been 1,000 Tier 1 (exceptional Talent) visas available. Under the new plans this is set to increase to 2,000 a year. The motion is to ensure that Britain will remain attractive for software developers even after the UK leaves the EU, to retain its position as a digital powerhouse which has been dependent on attracting these kinds of high-skilled workers to collaborate with the country’s home-grown talent.

The government are also in talks to have the volume of Tier 2 visas increased, however this has not been confirmed.

Though it has been a challenging few months for Britain, it cannot be denied that the economy has benefited from EU software developer’s brains and work ethic.

This is great news for you as our dedicated development team have a great network within the industry, full of connections and career opportunities ready for you to take advantage of. If you’re interested in the roles available get in touch to discuss full details and allow us to learn more about your skill set and individual needs. Follow Strategic People for the latest roles.

How to get your CV into the ‘yes’ pile of an employer

By Thomas Giles

How to get your CV into the 'yes' pile of employers

CV writing is one of those necessary but tedious job hunting stages. To write a good CV seems a mammoth challenge and considering most employers spend a few seconds scanning over it, it can appear pointless.

But before you throw CV writing in the ‘I’m never doing this again’ pile, take a glance over our top tips of how to write your CV and ensure it ends up in the ‘yes’ pile of an employer.

With 30 combined years’ experience, below are a list of our top tips for CV writing.

  1. Concise

Although the purpose of a CV is to shout this is me, it is not meant to be an autobiography of your entire life. It should be no more than two A4 pages. The average time spent on a CV is 8 seconds, so be concise and punchy. Using bullet points and short sentences will work in your favour.

  1. Tailored

Take time to read the job specification and see what skills the role requires. Change your CV for each job you are applying for to highlight your skills that fit that role specifically. We’ve all sat at our computers uploading and emailing the same CV to numerous employers who when we actually step back, have very little in common.

  1. Personal Statement

At the start of your CV you should have a few lines explaining who you are and why you’re the best person for the job. This short paragraph and your cover letter should complement each other.

  1. Gaps

Employers are notoriously cynical, so having gaps in your CV makes them suspicious. Include everything from travel to research, courses and projects. Anything that has the potential to be a negative should have a positive spin on it with something that you learned or gained from the experience.

  1. Updated

Regardless of whether you are actively seeking employment, you should keep your CV current and up-to-date. When significant events happen in your career be sure to record it so you don’t forget it in the future. Your CV should be ready to tailor and send at any moment.

  1. Truth

Don’t put yourself in the awkward position of fumbling in an interview or risk getting fired from your new role because you made a blatant lie on your CV.

  1. Presentation

With those 8 seconds in mind, it is important that your CV is clear and clean on the page. Having a consistent structure by using headings and bullet points will make the document more legible. Short sentences and spaces between the sections are easy on the eye.

  1. Check

By going through an agency you’ll have an individual consultant who specialises in your skill area. They’ll check through your CV and highlight the most important and relevant information including keywords to optimize your chances of being successful in your job hunt.

For the latest roles available and assistance in standing out from the crowd get in contact with Strategic People on 0161 960 0116 and 0203 150 1816.