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How to Leave a Message on an Answering System

Posted on 29 Jul, 2021

Many job seekers can write the perfect CV and make it past the early stages of the applicant selection process. However, they may fail to make it to the next step or secure a follow-up interview due to leaving a weak voicemail message, showing unprofessional phone etiquette, or even failing to stand out from competing applicants.

Leaving a good impression on a voicemail is easier said than done. Whether you're required to call a potential recruiter and talk about why you're the right candidate, or you want to express your gratitude and leave a remarkable impression, planning what you have to say and how you deliver that message could make the difference between landing your dream job or receiving no follow-up interview from your p... Continue reading >

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The Future of Interviews, Virtual vs Face to Face

Posted on 26 May, 2021

With the ongoing pandemic, many employees are still working remotely to practice self-isolation and reduce the spread of the coronavirus in general. As most companies and different work sectors move forward with this new norm are virtual interactions gradually replacing the necessities of in-person job interviews?

Global giant companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have told their employees to work from home ever since March 2020. Amazon cancelled the majority of in-person interviews and replaced them with virtual interview portals. This system allows candidates to connect with recruiters, complete documents, and participate in interviews through Amazon's video conferencing software.

Google conducted most of their interviews via Google Hangouts or other... Continue reading >

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Ways to Help Combat Interview Nerves

Posted on 09 Dec, 2020

You have an important interview coming up with a prominent company. With one chance at a job you've been waiting for, it's easy to start feeling nervous before an interview. Knowing the stakes are high, your nerves could get in the way of landing that perfect job.

Nervousness is triggered when the body braces itself to confront or escape a difficult situation. In most cases, your body may experience physical symptoms which can hinder your performance on the day. Hyperventilating, trembling, or stuttering are some of the signs you may experience, and while these responses are involuntary, there are many ways to control them. So how do we combat this?

Focus on your breathing

When you are listening to the interviewer, focus on your b... Continue reading >

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Preparing for a Virtual Interview

Posted on 08 Apr, 2020

There are many reasons that applying for jobs in design might result in a virtual interview and with the current UK lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak, many companies are rightly complying with social distancing requirements.

However, there are other reasons, less immediate than a pandemic. Long-distance interviews are an effective solution for jobs that require an applicant to relocate. Some companies have most of their staff working from home as part of a flexible working arrangement.

Whatever the reason, preparing for a virtual interview requires the same professional mindset as preparing for one that is face-to-face.

Here are some of our top tips for doing so: Check... Continue reading >

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What to wear at an interview?

Posted on 14 Oct, 2019

So, you have decided to take a new approach and move forward with a brand new design job - that’s fantastic! 

But you may be thinking about how you should dress and grasp that new design job with both hands. 

It is crucial to know how to present yourself and just like your portfolio - you need to be well-presented at your interview. 

We discuss a few tailored tips on how you can dress to impress and reach new heights within your next design position. But remember that whatever you choose make sure the fit is right and it is comfortable to wear and sit down in.

Design job interview: the male edition

The usual attire has always been a dashing suit and tie, but when applying for a creative job in the design industry, it is impo... Continue reading >

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Scary Job Interviews

Posted on 02 Nov, 2018

Spiders, bats and tombstones are all pretty scary but for many of us they pale in comparison to an important job interview. With Halloween as a theme, we talk about how to deal with tricky interview moments and banish your interview fears for good.

Fancy Dress

Remember the fear of forgetting non-uniform day and turning up in school uniform? Turn up to an interview in the wrong outfit and that fear could be magnified a hundred times.

First impressions can make or break an interview, dressing too casually may make a potential employer think you’ve not made an effort or not really that interested in the job or dressing inappropriately would show you are not a good match for the company culture. Avoid this by researching the company or client’s brand an... Continue reading >

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Interview do's and don'ts

Posted on 22 Aug, 2018

It’s interview time. You’ve already taken our advice on what to wear for an interview and you’re dressed to kill. What else do you need to know?

Here are some important do's and don’ts.

DO turn up early

How early should you arrive for an interview? We would say at least 15-20 minutes. From a practical perspective, it mitigates any potential delay caused by public transport or failing to find the office. In terms of impressing your potential employer, arriving early shows keenness, punctuality, and an ability to follow instructions. All this before you’ve even entered the interview room!

DON’T leave your phone on

Swit... Continue reading >

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What to Wear for an Interview

Posted on 10 Aug, 2018

At Careers in Design, we are committed to helping you find the perfect position from the range of design jobs that we have on our books. After carefully going through your CV and pairing you with a vacancy that suits your experience and qualifications, the next step is the interview.  The look you choose can be difficult to decide as this is the design industry, but remember, what you will wear on a daily basis could be quite different from what you should wear at an interview.

Here are some of our top tips on what to wear:

Men

Keep it simple. Dark trousers (not jeans), shoes (not trainers) and a shirt is usually expected. A decorative or plain tie is a good idea although optional, but beware of a too comical or outrageous choice. A suit jacket or blazer w... Continue reading >

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5 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer

Posted on 06 Jul, 2018

However you feel about job interviews, certain questions are sure to crop up. To give you the best chance of success, here are some of the most common, and some tips on how to answer them.

What motivates you?

Keep answers concise and relevant to the job. Good answers include deadlines and targets, as they give you something specific to aim for, and a sense of achievement when you exceed them. For design jobs, a good motivation is using your creativity to solve problems put before you.

Why should we hire you?

This is your closing sales pitch, regardless of where it appears in the interview, and an opportunity to hit the interviewer with your main selling points. Concentrate on specific and verifiable skills, and your a... Continue reading >

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