5 reviews
16:04 13 Mar 23
Highly recommended! Josh and Sarah have been fantastic at Astute. They've found and placed me in 2 jobs now between them, both really responsive and excellent at keeping you up to speed with things. Very knowledgable about the roles and happy to talk to companies with any queries you have.
C R.C R.
10:45 27 Jan 23
Great agency one of the best ones I've worked with! Liz has been a great help and support in helping me towards a new direction in my career life. She is very attentive and keeps me in the loop at all times! She makes the extra effort to work with my preferred requirements for work and even if it isn't completely attainable she meets me in the middle and does as much as she can to help! Also Liz is very funny might I add 😂 and I'm happy that I can now put a face to the name after all these years! Thank you again Liz for all your help and support! 😊
10:32 20 Dec 22
Josh and the Astute team was very swift to help me to find roles that matched my profile. They are really reliable and will help through every step of the recruitment process going out of their way to assist and follow up when needed. Could not find a better recruitment agency!
Helen PinegarHelen Pinegar
16:19 18 Dec 22
Fantastic recruitment agency.. Josh was extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about what was needed from both the employee and the employers point of view. Extremely supportive especially in regards to interview preparation and endeavoured to procure feedback promptly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Astute in the future to both candidates and recruiting businesses particularly for the right fit for the role!!!
Lisa LeighLisa Leigh
11:56 30 Nov 22
I have worked as a candidate for Astute and they have been excellent. Super friendly service and professional agents keen to fit the right person to the right job. It has been a pleasure dealing with them and I would happily work for them again in the future. Highly recommend this agency.
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True story. 

How admitting your worst work error can lead to interview success!

When asked on first interview, my candidate shared their worst work mistake. They have a second interview! Why?

Their work mistake? It was a biggie, but my candidate was authentic. 

They clearly and honestly told a brief story about their error.

They described the potential harm and gravity of what they had done in error.

Then, they explained how they immediately raised their arm with their boss, admitting their mistake. They took ownership of the situation.

They explained how they could remedy their error and mitigate damage.

They were honest.

My client admired the way the candidate handled things and values that honesty.

Discussing post-interview feedback, my client told me,

“No one is perfect. Everyone here makes mistakes.

We’re all human.

It’s how those mistakes are dealt with, flagged,

handled and overcome that really matters.

We really loved that about Xxxxxxx and could

definitely work with her”.

So never be afraid to own up to work mistakes.

In your actual day job, or on interview, humility and honesty go a long, long way.

Just make sure you can demonstrate how you took ownership of your error, sought help and explain how a solution was found, ideally with your help!

In the words of someone a lot wiser than us,

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never

tried anything new.”

Albert Einstein

How true!

Even more importantly,  when looking for a job, try and seek the employers that understand their staff are only human and who take honesty seriously. Making mistakes is not the problem. Its how a potential employee handles that error that really counts!