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Capgemini UK plc

HR Graduate, HR at Capgemini UK plc

Application Advice: Research the company and focus on your strengths

Interview Advice: Strengths based interview - natural responses

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Graduate Employment Law Consultant, Employment Advice Services at Peninsula

Application Advice: Be honest and really think about what benefits you could bring to a successful team.

Interview Advice: Show your grit and determination to succeed.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Pensions Actuarial Consulting, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Take your time completing the application and do research on the company and the role.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and be as relaxed as possible, also research about the role and the company.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Graduate Consultant, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Be aware that mathematical competency is not the only desirable attribute, it is just as important to be a good communicator/manager.

Interview Advice: Be sure to read up about pensions and recent changes before your interview! Make sure you know things like the difference between DB and DC pensions and what commutation is.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Jaguar Land Rover

HR Consultant, HR at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Show passion for the brands as this will flow through into your work and align to the company's pillars for success.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Actuarial Consultant – Defined Benefit, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Understand what you are applying for as much as possible - attend career events specifically for this particular industry. It's very important you show commitment and understand what you are applying for

Interview Advice: Standard interview questions - a mix of competency rounds, case study rounds, brainteasers and group work.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Actuarial Consultant, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Commercial awareness of the current trends in the area you're applying for.

Interview Advice: Prepare for competency questions as well as technical questions, but also adapt your answers to suit the question. If there's a role play exercise, be aware that you're trying to form a good relationship with the client and you should show your effort in doing that during the exercise.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Retirement at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Research the role, highlight the ways your experience and aptitudes are a match.

Interview Advice: Same as above.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Analyst, Talent & Reward at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: -Do your research on the company. We want people who really want to work here so make sure you know your stuff. -Tell us anything and everything (if there's space to do so). Every little thing you've done has made you who you are and we want to see who t

Interview Advice: -Be yourself. It's cliché and everyone seems to say it but what makes WTW really stand out is the people. We want to see who you really are, who you're going to be on a day-to-day basis. -Ask lots of questions. We want you to do your research but asking

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Franklin Fitch

Recruitment Consultant, at Franklin Fitch

Application Advice: Make sure you want to work in recruitment - if the answer is yes, you'll have the best time. Just be authentic.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Reed Global

Graduate Training Scheme Manager, Internal Recruitment at Reed Global

Application Advice: Research the company and industry. Recruitment is a sales role and requires you to enjoy challenging target-driven work. Your first-year role will be operational (i.e. recruitment or sales) so you will need to demonstrate a desire to exceed targets in this environment.

Interview Advice: Do your research of Reed and make clear you understand that it is a commercial business with sales and profit targets. Your final interview will be with a senior director and they will want to see your career ambitions align with a career at Reed. At branch interviews (for your first placement) they will need to see you are action-orientated and driven by challenging targets. If it is a commission-based role then the managers will want to see some money-motivated comments from you.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Franklin Fitch

Recruitment Consultant, Information Security at Franklin Fitch

Application Advice: If you are a hard working individual and want to have your work recognised and rewarded fairly, then Franklin Fitch is the place to come.

Interview Advice: Prepare, know what you want and don't be late.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Conway Consulting

Executive Search Analyst, at Conway Consulting

Application Advice: The company appreciates your personal attributes in addition to being motived, so show that you are an all-rounder.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Graduate Employment Law Consultant, Graduate Team at Peninsula

Application Advice: I would say to try to tailor your CV to reflect the job description as much as possible. Also, if you are currently in a role, mention why are you looking to leave, for example, Career Progression.

Interview Advice: Peninsula want people with passion- take the opportunity to show that you love HR! Make sure you research Peninsula and have an understanding of our clients and what we provide to them. I would also say to enjoy the interview, although it was challenging, I genuinely came out of my interview having had a great experience.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Graduate Employment Law Consultant, Graduate Team at Peninsula

Application Advice: Tailor your qualifications and experiences to the job description. As a new graduate this may be your first job coming out of university so don’t feel like your waitress job you did as a part time job won’t apply to this position. Be creative in showing how your experience will put you above the rest of the candidates.

Interview Advice: So you have made it this far based on paper alone. At the interview stage, my advice would be to be yourself. These are the people you are going to be working with day in and day out so they need to see not only that you are the right fit for the company but that the company is the right fit for you. Be confident, be yourself and be passionate about the role you have applied for.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Accenture

Communications/Media/Technology at Accenture

Application Advice: Don't be too overpowering in the group activities. Keep calm in the written exam.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Capgemini Consulting

Associate Consultant, at Capgemini Consulting

Interview Advice: Be friendly during the group work and allow your personality to come through throughout the day. Prepare your presentation but be flexible enough to change it according to the questions you are asked on the spot.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Capgemini Consulting

Associate Consultant, Employee Transformation at Capgemini Consulting

Application Advice: Sounds cheesy, but be yourself. The Capgemini grad scheme genuinely isn't looking for people with a particular background or skillset but they do pick out articulate and proactive individuals. I've seen people with really strong work experience and skills be overlooked because they weren't deemed a 'good fit' for the Capgemini community.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Analyst, at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Research the company and have an understanding of what we do. Be passionate about why you want to work here.

Interview Advice: Be the person that people would like to work with.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Senior Analyst, Executive Compensation at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Sell yourself, show some passion, but be realistic and humble - don't lie.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - have a personality, be kind, engage with others (including your interviewers). Learn about what we do - not just topical news stories, but some of the technical aspects. e.g. What is a long-term incentive? How does it work? It'll help you stand out and perform better.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Reward and talent analyst, London at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure you have genuine interest in people and HR practices. There are many things to learn (and a lot of training is provided), but if you're passionate about it, it will all come naturally and you'll find everyday work very enjoyable.

Interview Advice: It's a very relaxed and friendly process so be yourself and really show your interest.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Senior Analyst, Organisational Surveys and Insights at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: There is a very steep learning curve and you will be given client responsibilities within the first few months of starting. Be prepared for hard work (but the team is supportive and friendly and you will have a lot of help if you're willing to put in the effort).

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: HR specific experience helps, but isn't necessary. Core competency skills are needed. You are assessed on numeracy and analytical skills.

Interview Advice: At a graduate level they look more towards the personality of the individual and his/her competency abilities over specific knowledge about HR and what Willis Towers Watson actually does. Be open, positive, smile. Don't be overconfident.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Conway Consulting

Consultant, Management Consulting at Conway Consulting

Application Advice: You need to be comfortable on the phone and a good communicator.

Interview Advice: Know your interests and your CV very well.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Reward Analyst, Talent and Reward at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Primarily WTW recruit for the same qualities as most other top consultancies. However, since they work in a more specific industry, being able to demonstrate an interest in that industry is a definite plus. They are not looking for you to know everything, or to profess you have wanted to be an HR consultant since you were a little kid but they do want you to show you have done some reading about recent news stories and that you found them interesting.

Interview Advice: There is no formal case study in the interview process, but there will be a difficult written exercise which is effectively a case study. Try to avoid a rehearsed case-study type answer to the exercise - creativity and thoughtfulness is what it is testing for. Good topics to read up on for the interview would be gender pay reporting, the difference between this and equal pay, the national living wage, DC and DB pensions.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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FDM Group

HR Assistant, Human Resources at FDM Group

Application Advice: Include a desire to progress in your career.

Interview Advice: Ensure that you have done your homework on the company. Learn the company values and think about how you fit into them.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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FDM Group

HR Assistant, Human Resources at FDM Group

Application Advice: Make sure to express an interest in HR issues and willingness to progress within the field. Evidence of teamwork is important and competent communication skills.

Interview Advice: Show a great enthusiasm for the role. Make sure the company has been researched and relate answers to the company values.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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QA Consulting

Resourcer, QAC at QA Consulting

Application Advice: With someone from a background with no experience what so ever in Resourcing, recruiting or sales. Personally I really like the challenge, definitely good if you want to get out of what you know and experience something new. If you do have experience, QA is a fantastic company to be a part of the atmosphere is great really motivates you, the teams are fantastic always willing to help. There is a lot to learn but it helps you to be a better resource, so bring it on.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Relax and let your personality shine through. Let your skills and attributes be on display to ensure the employer is assured you can do the job to the standard they require. Smile and laugh :)

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Reed Global

HR Project Consultant, HR Projects at Reed Global

Application Advice: Brush up on your psychometric testing skills, the benchmark is very high.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Graduate Employment Law Consultant, Employment Advice at Peninsula

Application Advice: I would recommend that you have a good understanding of why you really want to work in HR and employment law. This role is very challenging and intense, and a commitment and passion for HR will definitely help you to succeed, which should be made clear throughout the application. Preparation is key, especially with regards to the company background and how you have the skills, experience and knowledge for this environment.

Interview Advice: Peninsula thrives off commerciality and your understanding and passion for this should be clearly communicated throughout the day. I would ensure that you are well prepared for the day to allow you to be confident when engaging in all aspects of the interview process. I would also recommend that you have fun during the interview! I thoroughly enjoyed the assessment day and interview, and my passion for HR shone through the smile on my face and the excitement for potentially working for such an award winning company.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Harvey Nash

Associate Executive Researcher, London at Harvey Nash

Application Advice: Make sure you do your research and know for a fact that you will enjoy the company you work for. Aim to have a career goal of at least 3/5 year plan when joining the company.

Interview Advice: Aim to have a career goal of at least 3/5 year plan when joining the company. Be precise in what you expect to achieve within the role/company and give an example of how you plan to achieve them. If asked, make sure you are able to give one or two small examples of a situation in your past that can demonstrate you are able to reach your objectives.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Harvey Nash

Business Consultant, at Harvey Nash

Application Advice: To realise it does take a while to earn good commission.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Robert Walters

Senior Consultant, Finance at Robert Walters

Application Advice: If you want to be a headhunter this is the company where you must begin,

Interview Advice: Dress code is important.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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IBM

Talent and Change Consulting, at IBM

Application Advice: Show a passion in Technology Have strong presentation and communication skills Network with IBMers before applying.

Interview Advice: Who is the current CEO? Current market share? Make sure you understand what a career in consulting entails (e.g. long hours, significant travel)

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Employment Law Consultant, Advice at Peninsula

Application Advice: The different industries and cases you are exposed to on a daily basis advances your knowledge rapidly. The amount of training and experience I have gained at Peninsula is invaluable.

Interview Advice: Learn 5 unfair reasons for dismissal and statutory amounts in terms of notice periods/ holidays etc. Keep an eye on recent changes in legislation for the time of the interview.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Mercer

Talent Analyst, Talent at Mercer

Application Advice: Make sure you know the difference between internal and external Human Resources - consultants are very different to in house HR and it can be quite clear during interviews when candidates do not know the difference.

Interview Advice: Read up about pensions - even though in talent we do not directly work with pensions, other areas of the firm deal with pensions and they would like you to have some knowledge on the area

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Willis Towers Watson

Executive Compensation Analyst, Executive Compensation at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Demonstrate your high academic achievement, analytical skills, attention to detail etc.

Interview Advice: Prepare well (look online for tips), be yourself - show your personality.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Mercer

Graduate Talent Analyst, Talent at Mercer

Application Advice: Remember that it is not internal HR and does not include recruitment! It is a very analytical role so make sure to emphasise your analytical skills in an application.

Interview Advice: Do plenty of research but generally because you learn on the job you are not expected to know the technicalities - it is more about showing your interest in the area and the career path. Also, research the Masters qualification that you undertake in your second year.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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BT (British Telecom)

HR Change Consultant, at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Understand the different areas of the business and what they do - this will help both for the application but also when you start!

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Imperial Tobacco

PMO Analyst, Business Transformation at Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: Read the questions carefully and try to choose the most relevant example- not the one which sounds the most impressive. Really research the company values as these aren't just website slogans but wholly applicable to every day life. Also make sure your market research is spot on- the industry is so well documented and transparent there is no excuse for not knowing about the brands, locations, senior business leaders and of course, regulation in the tobacco industry. Finally be prepared to be asked about your opinions on the Tobacco Industry and park any doubts you might have about ethics until you get to assessment centre- they will soon be answered.

Interview Advice: If you get through to assessment centre- be yourself and don't try to dominate. ITG recruits team players and those assessing you are looking for potential colleagues- not for who can best regurgitate something the Student Room told you about being the 'timekeeper' or 'moderator'. Just act as if you were in the scenario- offer practical advice and your natural personality show- introvert or extrovert there is genuinely no type. Also don't be intimidated if you don't think you have the relevant experience- ITG looks for potential, not achievements to date- so use the most relevant examples, not the seemingly most impressive.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Alfa

Junior Consultant, Asset Finance at Alfa

Application Advice: Prove that you are smart and have motivation to learn new things and expand your knowledge!

Interview Advice: Research a lot the Asset Finance industry and CHP's role in it before applying! Go to the interview well prepared!

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Capita

Business Consultant, Business Support at Capita

Application Advice: It's not about whether you have a wealth of work experience, but show that you can reflect on your experiences and are a fast learner. Outline your key achievements from each experience and avoid cliche's such as "good team player".

Interview Advice: I would say that more than anything the company is looking for graduates with the ability to work well with other people and nurture a team. They also want someone ambitious who isn't going to wait to be told what to do so draw on experiences where you have been entrepreneurial or innovative.

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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Hays

Associate Consultant, Aberdeen at Hays

Application Advice: Only apply if you can sell & have a history to prove this, if you are tenacious - if not you will not last -, and only if you REALLY want it.

Interview Advice: Research a bit about the company and think about why you would fit in here. Think about certain situations you may be put in on a daily basis as a consultant.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Graduate Employment Law Consultant, Graduate Team at Peninsula

Application Advice: Wow this company, it is the Sunday Times 3rd best Employer and they only accept the best, they are looking for practical experience in the workplace rather than just HR or Employment Law knowledge

Interview Advice: What are the fair reasons for dismissal What is the qualifying period for unfair dismissal Explain what ACAS do How do you organise your day

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Peninsula

Trainee Adviser, Employment Law at Peninsula

Application Advice: Do your homework and research the company Be confident

Interview Advice: Be ready with examples of how you have helped people or gone the extra mile

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hilton

Hilton

Application Advice: You need to be able to multi-task and be a quick learner

Interview Advice: Be yourself, know the job, know the company

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Angela Mortimer plc

Recruitment Consultant, at Angela Mortimer Group

Application Advice: Highlight that you are very ambitious and willing to progress. Highlight any past experience that may have skills that can transfer to recruitment. Know the company's USPs and what sets it apart from the average recruitment company

Interview Advice: Be prepared to speak about outside interests as the interviewer is interested in you as a person as whole- rather than simply your career history.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

IT Recruitment Consultant, IT at Hays

Application Advice: Investigate and carry out thorough research into the right company, specialism and duties of the role before applying.

Interview Advice: Be bold, outgoing and willing to try something different. To be successful in this role you must be able to speak in public and bend over backwards to do the job well.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Associate Recruitment Consultant, Education/Sheffield at Hays

Application Advice: Make sure that it is clear that you are confident, flexible and not afraid of hard work. Be resilient and tenacious. Make it clear that you are self motivated. Need to be target driven,

Interview Advice: Make it clear that you want a career. You are passionate and ambitious. Hays only employs team players, people that are willing to work hard on their own but equally want to help their colleagues anyway they can. With Hays you do an assessment day with other people so it is important you know how to assert yourself without being over bearing.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Recruitment Consultant, Social Care at Hays

Application Advice: Be prepared that it takes a lot of hard work to be successful, the first year is the most difficult

Interview Advice: Research the company and use the STAR technique in answering questions.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Senior Consultant, Office Support – at Hays

Application Advice: I would advise applicants to research the recruitment industry well prior to attending interviews, as it is quite a niche industry where everything isn't as easy as it seems. I would advise doing a lot of research on Hays as a business and comparing them with other agencies, as you will soon find that Hays are massively ahead of all other recruitment companies for various reasons.

Interview Advice: At interview, my main piece of advice would be to come across confident and show that you are keen on the role and company. You really need to show that Hays are the company you work for.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Senior Recruitment Consultant, Manchester at Hays

Application Advice: Make sure you have a good CV initially as that is the first step to getting the role, don't be afraid to sell your experience and try to make it as relevant as possible to the position you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have done your research on the company as they may ask questions around this. Be confident in your interview but don't oversell yourself as it's better to be honest about your strengths and weaknesses.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Associate Consultant, Energy at Hays

Application Advice: The main piece of advice I would give to candidates who are applying for roles within Hays is to be Inquisitive throughout the interview process. What I mean by this is to ask relevant questions, essentially be nosey to find out more information. This is a skill that all the best recruitment consultants have, and from now being a part of the Hays team, I know this is also a skill that is particularly looked for within the interview process. However, make sure they are relevant questions and business related, as asking stupid questions for the sake of it will not have the desired effect.

Interview Advice: Dress to impress. Managers and directors are always involved in the interview process with Hays and they want to find someone who they could take out on a meeting with a client that afternoon and not be shown up. Remember, first impressions count.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Recruitment Consultant, Human Resoruces Recruitment at Hays

Application Advice: Do your homework, make sure you fully appreciate the nature of the job before you apply

Interview Advice: Be confident, you really must be resilient and be able to take the highs and the lows

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Senior Recruitment Consultant, Sales at Hays

Application Advice: Demonstrate your hard-working nature with examples, talk about previous sales and consulting experience, come across as passionate about the industry and that you thoroughly enjoy dealing with people on a day to day basis.

Interview Advice: Overall advice would be to thoroughly research the Hays website as there is a lot of information on how to prepare for your interview. A few, of the many, questions asked at interview are: What do you know about Hays? Why do you want to work at Hays? What previous recruitment experience do you hold (if any)?

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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Hays

Associate Recruitment Consultant, London at Hays

Application Advice: If you are a driven and target driven person - just be yourself in the interview and your passion will shine through.

Interview Advice: Be confident and do not be shy to talk about your achievements - whether personal or professional. Be ready to talk through your CV step-by-step and make sure you research the company!

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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PA Consulting Group

Analyst, Business Transformation at PA Consulting Group

Application Advice: In your application, draw upon past experience which applies to Consulting - PA really value previous experience. Also, it sounds simple but be yourself, PA hire genuine and honest people so don't put on a front of someone you're not!

Interview Advice: Really prepare for the interviews and assessment centres because although PA are very good at putting candidates at ease, you can still get some challenging questions!

Industry: Consulting, HR Consulting

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NonStop Recruitment

Recruitment Consultant, Social Care at NonStop Recruitment

Application Advice: Make sure you are ready to stay away from your family and friends for a few months at least, as many people get homesick. If you want to earn good money you will have to work hard

Interview Advice: Do some research in to recruitment and how it works. If you have not done a sales job before, be prepared to sell! Contribute as much as possible in the assessment day if you get to that stage.

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), HR Consulting

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