We should be your top choice in recruitment as we are firm believers in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients. To find a suitable job role for you, for all involved. We always take into account your needs and preferences.
Whether you’re looking for a new hire for your organisation or you are a professional looking for a new opportunity, we recruit and provide staff for daily positions, long term and permanent positions.
We are also specialists in recruiting for hard to fill roles.
Five reasons why Carrington Blake Recruitment should be your number one choice:
Our recruitment consultants are highly experienced in their specialist field and are supported by a team of dedicated business development managers whose aim is to source and identify the best candidates for the latest job opportunities.
We are trusted to ensure our candidates that they are suitable for their roles
Make sure that our candidates are getting the best service
We engage with our candidates
Find the best possible position
Come join us today, we can give you the advice, service that you need and find you a role that is suitable for you. At Carrington Blake Recruitment, we can offer you the best service, provide you with the facilities that are suitable for you and answer questions that are unanswerable.
What are our goals:
Our mission is to continue to grow as a business and expand our brand by enabling:
customers to save time and money searching for job roles
Company Leaders to create a culture which focuses on making sure that our clients rely on us
Employees to build a career within a challenging and varied environment, leading to career progression in the future.
The STAR interview technique allows the candidate to tell a linear story while answering a question in an interview. This technique is becoming a standardised way for candidates to answer question. But what does ‘STAR’ stand for? Its stands for situation, task, action and result.
What does ‘STAR’ stand for:
This describes the situation that you are in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from previous jobs either from a volunteer role or relevant event. For example, reaching a deadline for a task that needs to be completed.
What goal were you working towards? ‘Task’ and ‘Situation’ are easily confused. The main difference is that here you should state the work expected of you because of the situation. Such as ‘my goal was to generate …”
”What specific steps did you take and what particular contributions?” Describe the action you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail. The key focus should be on you. Be careful that you do not describe what the team or group did when talking about projects, but when you actually did.
”What happened? How did the event end?” Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. Always be truthful.
Make sure that you follow all parts of the STAR method. Be specific as possible at all times without rambling or including too much information. Therefore, candidates have to be prompted to include their results, so try to include that without having to be asked.
Sample STAR responses:
Here are some sample answers that you could give at an interview:
Situation: ”advertising revenue was falling off for my college newspaper and large numbers of long term advertisers were not renewing contracts”
Task: ”My target was to approach new ideas, materials and incentives that would result in…”
Action: ” I designed a new promotional packet to go with the rate sheet and compared the benefits with other media areas”
Result: ”We signed contracts with 15 former advertisers for daily ads…”
How to prepare for a behavioural interview:
Behavioural interview questions are asked to assess whether a candidate is the right fit. Here are some examples:
Recall recent situations that show favourable behaviours or actions involving the course.
Prepare short descriptions of each situation.
Be ready to give details when asked.
Make sure the outcome or result reflects positively on you.
Honesty is key – the interviewer will find out if the story is built on a weak foundation.
Sample behavioural interview questions:
Practice using the Star Method on these common behavioural interviewing questions:
”Tell me about a time when you had too many things to do and you were required to prioritise your tasks?”
”Give me an example of a time when you had to make a split-second decision?”
”Give me a time when you had to motivate others?”
”Tell me about a time when you had to delegate a project effectively?”
”Please discuss an important written document you were required to complete?”
From researching the company to deciding what to wear, spending time on interview preparation is essential if you’re going to put in a good performance and secure the job. In some cases, you’ll only need to succeed at one of these to land the role.
Your performance in an interview depends, to a significant extent, on how well you prepare. Don’t leave this until the last minute.
Interviews are very intimidating and you may not be ready. Here are a few tips in order to help you.
10 tips for great job interviews
1. Research the industry and company:
An interviewer may ask how you perceive the company’s position in its industry, what its competitive advantages are, and how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying to thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on the company and what they are all about.
2. Clarify your “selling points” and the reasons you want the job:
Prepare to go into every interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position. Have an example of each selling point prepared. For example, if you say ”I persuaded an entire group to …” make sure you are prepared to tell the interviewer the full story of your point and why it is relevant. This allows them to see why you want that job and see what you can bring to the team.
3. Prepare for common interview questions:
Every “how to interview” book has a list of a hundred or more “common interview questions that will be asked in an interview. So how do you prepare? Think about which questions you’re most likely to encounter, given your age and status (about to graduate, looking for a summer internship) and what type of role it is. Once you have a list drawn up, prepare your answers so you won’t have to fumble for them during the actual interview.
4. ‘STAR’ Techniques:
The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioural-based interview question’s. This is by
discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing. Impressing at a competency-based interview is all about the way you tell your story, so it’s particularly important to prepare for this sort of interview. Put some concrete, quantifiable details down on paper, which could fit a range of situations.
5. Line up your questions for the interviewer:
Your interviewer is prepared for your interview, so why don’t you become prepared?
Come to the interview with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have any questions, and no matter what, you should have one or two ready. These can either be about the job role itself or talk about things you could potentially learn during the role.
6. Practice, practice, practice:
Always practice your answers. You do not want to forget what the interview was about and need to be clear about what you want. It’s the one thing to come prepared with a mental answer to a question like, “Why should we hire you?” It’s another challenge entirely to say it out loud in a confident and convincing way. The first time you try it, you’ll sound garbled and confused, no matter how clear your thoughts are in your own mind! Do it another 10 times, and you’ll sound a lot smoother and more articulate.
7. Score a success in the first five minutes:
Some studies indicate that interviewers make up their minds about candidates in the first five minutes of the interview – and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm that decision! So what can you do in those five minutes to get through the gate? Come in with energy and enthusiasm, and express your appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
Remember: the interviewer may be seeing a lot of other candidates that day and maybe tired from the flight in. So bring in that energy!
8. Make your selling points clear:
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? More important, if you communicate your selling points during a job interview and the interviewer doesn’t get it, did you score? On this question, the answer is clear: No! So don’t bury your selling points in long-winded stories. Instead, tell the interviewer what your selling point is first, then give the example.
9. Think positive:
No one likes a complainer, so don’t dwell on negative experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks you point-blank, “what courses have you liked least?” or “what did you like least about that previous job?” don’t answer the question. Or more specifically, don’t answer it as it’s been asked. Instead, say something like, “well, actually I’ve found something about all of my classes that I’ve liked.”
10. Speak the right body language:
Dress appropriately, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, have good posture, speak clearly, and don’t wear perfume or cologne! Sometimes interview locations are small rooms that may lack good air circulation.
Don’t give up!
If you’ve had a bad interview for a job that you truly think would be a great fit for you (not just something you want badly), don’t give up! Write a note, send an email, or call the interviewer to let him or her know that you think you did a poor job of communicating. Reiterate what you have to offer the company, and say that you’d like an opportunity to contribute. Whether this strategy will get you a job offer depends on the company and on you.
Why Choose Us
Choose us as your recruitment agency, we want to help you find the job that you are looking for and prepare you an interview. If you need someone to prepare your interview with you, speak to one of our consultants today at Carrington Blake Recruitment.
Job searching or just keeping an eye on available roles, these tips will help you to have an efficient job-hunting strategy. Looking for a new job can be so time-consuming that it can become a job in itself. A job search can feel so overwhelming with everyone you know throwing different advice your way.
Tips for job searching:
Get clear on what you want:
Before starting your job search, take the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. The better you know yourself, the more likely you’ll find a new role that provides you with greater satisfaction.
Research your target companies:
Once you know what you want, it’s time to look for what the companies you’re applying for require. A great tip for finding a new job is to investigate a company’s Glassdoor page. It will help you get a feel for their company culture, figure out what questions they commonly ask in interviews, and even discover what salary you’re likely to be paid.
Tailor your resume to each job:
our resume is still one of the most critical tools of a job search. A lot of resumes that are seen are full of responsibilities. Make yourself an obvious fit. Study the words and phrases that are used in the job description.
Before you start applying for jobs or interviewing with employers, take a moment to develop a system. A simple spreadsheet works best for many to keep a track of the jobs you’ve applied for, where you have been invited to interview and more.
Do not limit yourself on applying for these roles:
If you rely only on submitting online applications, you could be looking for a job for a very long time. By the time you apply, the company might be in the final interview stage, or the job might have even been filled. Contact companies that interest you directly – you might get in contact with an internal recruiter.
Prepare for all job interviews:
Before you get called for your first interview, develop responses for common interview questions. Practice them — ideally using the mock-interviewing technique with a friend, network contact, or your consultant. The more prepared you are for the interview, the more comfortable you’ll be – and the more likely you’ll succeed.
Final thoughts on finding a new role
Have a positive attitude and outlook as these are extremely important. Employers can sense desperation and despair; organizations want competent and positive people.
Always remember you may need additional experience or training when entering a new field.
How We Can Help
You may need to consider temping or volunteering for a short period to gain experience. At Carrington Blake Recruitment, we have jobs come through every minute for temp work or contract work.
Fun facts about Carrington Blake Recruitment is that it is a nationwide recruitment business with a quality-assured reputation for staffing solutions that result in placing talented people into UK public services. From managed service to contingent recruitment methods, we deliver our clients value in sectors including; education, health, housing, local and national government and charities.
3 Facts about our agency
Candidates will get full access to vacancies before anyone else does
Your consultant will fight your corner and really sell the employer
Consultants will offer loads of handy guidance on things like CV-writing and interviews
How and why to impress a recruiter
Commitment is key take it from me; it is pretty frustrating when you fully back a candidate, invest time and effort in helping them to win and then when they’re successful, they reject the job offer, altogether or even worse when candidates don’t show up at the interview.
consultants look for the following:
Regular communication and follow-up from you.
Professionalism, in written and spoken communication.
Warning signs of flakiness ( if you miss the first telephone interview).
A genuine interest in the role ( do you know what you’ve applied for?).
Effort ( is your CV in good shape and do you go the extra mile?).
How We Can Help
At Carrington Blake Recruitment we have vacancies that are right for you. Experienced or not, we can find you a role that will offer the training that you need. We will provide training for interview phone calls and send you emails of the job role description in order for you to know what you have to do.
As consultants, we find the right candidates for the right suitable role. We will answer questions that are unanswerable.
Register with us today and we will keep you updated via email or telephone.