Jobseekers Tips

We want you to get the job you’re after, so to help you we’ve put together our top tips for job hunting success with Staffline…

Speak to the NRC
The first stage of the process is talking to our National Resource Centre (NRC) on 01858 412 767. They will want to know:

  • Which area(s) of the UK you want to work in
  • Are there any work types you do not want to do? For example, if you’re a vegetarian, you may prefer not to work with meats
  • What is your work history? Remember to include any gaps in employment, and be prepared to explain them
  • Have your address, telephone number, National Insurance Number and proof of Eligibility to Work available
  • Speak clearly and be prepared to ask – and answer – questions

After speaking to the NRC, if you’re chosen for interview we’ll let you know the date, time, location and who you’re meeting.

Interview tips
You rarely get a second chance to make a good first impression, so here are our hints and tips for the interview:

  • Arrive at the interview about 10-15 minutes before to agreed time – why not do a dummy run the day before so you know how long it will take to get there?
  • Be prepared, have a record of your work history to hand, including any breaks
  • Allow one hour for the registration process and interview
  • Bring your proof of Eligibility to Work, address, telephone number, National Insurance Number and bank details with you
  • Dress smartly and ensure you’re well groomed – you want to give the interviewer the best impression
  • Don’t forget to smile! You’ll come across as friendly, approachable and enthusiastic
  • Listen carefully to questions and allow the interviewer to finish speaking before responding
  • Don’t worry about pausing before you answer a question as this shows you are considering it seriously
  • Where possible, give practical evidence of any statements you make
  • Never criticise former employers or work colleagues
  • Maintain eye contact, relax and show interest in what the interviewer says
Be prepared!
Be prepared for questions such as:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • What interests you most about the role?
  • Why should we appoint you?
  • What is important to you in a role?
  • What was your greatest success in your last position?
  • How would your manager or colleagues describe you?
Ask questions
You will usually have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview – think about what is important to you. Questions you may wish to ask might include:

  • Will there be any training with the role? If so, what will it be?
  • How many jobseekers are you interviewing for this role?
  • When do you think you’ll make a decision?
And finally...
A couple of last notes…

  • Make sure you have confirmed your interest in the job
  • End the interview with a handshake, remembering to thank the interviewer for their time