Advice For Candidates


Looking for your next career move? We’re here to help you find and secure your perfect job. We insist on meeting every candidate we represent so we can really get to know you as an individual and recommend you for the right roles. Our friendly and welcoming team will support you through every step of the application and interview process and respond quickly to all your queries. For temporary and contract workers, we will stay in regular contact throughout your contract and help you plan your next assignment. Many of our candidates keep in touch and we’re delighted to have maintained relationships with some for up to twenty years. Our hints and tips section provides interview advice for candidates who are planning the next step in their career. Useful candidate advice and documents (including timesheets) are also available as downloads at the bottom of this page.


Regardless of your experience on paper, the impression you give at interview can make or break your chance of securing the job. Interviews can be daunting, especially if you are entering the job market for the first time or after many years within a role, but if you prepare thoroughly for your interview, you will feel more relaxed and will perform better, giving yourself the best chance of success. Download our full interview preparation advice below.


Having a plan in place for the interview day will help you feel relaxed and confident going into your interview. If you have prepared thoroughly and given yourself plenty of time to get to your interview, you will give yourself the best chance of success.

It is said that a person will form an opinion of you within the first five minutes of a meeting, so make sure your first impressions count for all the right reasons. Download our full ‘on the day’ interview advice below.


Interviews can take many formats. Some interviews simply involve questions between you and your interviewer. Others may include a computer-based test or a presentation. In terms of interview question styles, there are two main types: ‘normal interviews’ and ‘competency based interviews’. It is important to understand and prepare for both. Download our information sheet about the different interview types below.


Competency-based interviews (also called structured interviews) are interviews in which each question is designed to test one or more specific skills. For example, interviewers may want to test your ability to deal with stress by asking first how you handle stress and then by asking you to give an example of a situation where you worked under pressure.

The interviewer will then match your answer against pre-decided criteria and mark it accordingly. Download our advice on answering competency based interview questions below


Types of Interviews


Preparing for an interview


Interview advice on the day


Competency based interviews


Candidate Timesheet


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