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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Here at Astute Recruitment we understand that the hardest part of the process can be getting the opportunity to have an interview in a competitive job market. So HOW can you maximise your chances when you have that all important interview opportunity?

  1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
    • Get an early night prior to the interview we all perform better when well rested.
    • Wear an appropriate outfit (suit or business wear).
    • Arrive for interview around 10 minutes early.
    • Research the company.

    2. Go the extra mile.

    • As well as researching the company website, explore other avenues such as social media/ LinkedIn/ company blogs so you can sound informed and up to date.
    • Investigate whether there have been any news updates about the company recently.
    • Ask around – try and talk to people who know the business (e.g. family or friends).
    • Visit the store/ find the product in the shops as relevant. Mention that you have done this in interview.

    3. Know your experience.

    • Study your CV so you know your experience inside out and can discuss it in relation to the role/job description.
    • Be prepared to discuss the journey of your career to date, your aspirations and goals for the future.
    • Think about your strengths, weaknesses and your key achievements, so that you can highlight these in interview.

    4. Explainwhy you?

  • Your interviewer will want to know both why you want to work for the company (a great opportunity to display your research) and why you are interested in this particular role. Think about this beforehand so that you can relay your thoughts at interview and let them know what appeals to you.
  • They will also be keen to know why they should employ you!
  • Let them know you are keen.

   5. Ask questions!

    • How is the business performing currently?
    • What are the biggest challenges they are facing?
    • What are the company’s plans for the future?
    • What does the interviewer like about working there?
    • With regards to this role, what progression opportunities might there be for the future?

I hope this has given some of you added inspiration and confidence to approach an interview!

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