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What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £21,000 - £23,000
Current salary: £21,000 - £23,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
There's nothing much I can say here, just be honest I guess. It helps if you have previous work experience or extra curriculum activties to draw from and think hard about what you have achieved in the past. Anything can demonstrate your skills and qualities, even weeding the garden or tidying your room if you word it right, so don't panic if you haven't had many jobs, weren't great at sports or never took part in extra curriculum activties. If you have volunteered for or organised anything let them know, whether it's charity or a camping trip with your friends. It shows you're proactive and you can use these experiences to demonstrate competences.
First and foremost sell yourself, which goes for every application! You have to stand out so don't hold back, make whatever you have done sound like the greatest thing in the world.
Secondly don't be shy, follow your application up with a call, make yourself known and look keen. As we say up in Carlisle & Newcastle "Shy bairns get nowt", basically speak up and be heard, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil".
Do you have any interview tips?
We had to prepare a short presentation covering a handful of topics relevant to the industry so make sure you're up to date on industry news. This doesn't have to be too in depth just the basic themes such as the housing shortage or skills shortage etc.
It was a two stage interview process, a telephone interview with HR and a face to face interview with a director. The telephone interview had some set questions which mainly asked you to demonstrate your abilities in certain areas based on your past achievements. As I said in my application advice, you need to think hard about your past experiences and be prepared to use them to demonstrate the necessary skills.
Preparation is key, look at the job advertisement and pick out the skills the role requires, now prepare a couple of examples that demostrate each skill. This might be easy for some people and they only need to prepare in their head, however it will help anyone to write things down as they will easier to recall when you're put on the spot.
After that it all comes down to the way you come across. Be confident and ethusiastic, but at the same time take time to listen to the interviewer and ask them questions. Act naturally, you only have a short period of time to make an impression so be friendly, polite and try to build a rapport. At the end of the day and interview is just a chat, the interviewer is as much analysing your people skills as anything else. Perhaps more so in the case of a future project manager as you will one day be tasked with maintaining numerous relationships, not just your own, and organising a multitude of different people to achieve a common goal.
Keep in mind what your eventual role will be and show that you will one day be more than capable of fulfilling that role.
Associate Consultant, Generalist at Bain & Company