Supreme are Hounslow’s leading independent recruitment agency for the Commercial sector. We work with a diverse range of companies, from thriving start-ups all the way through to international organisations. We are experts in placing candidates in Sales, Marketing, Admin, PA, Creative and Customer Service jobs, as well as many more.
In order to be considered for permanent or temporary vacancies with Supreme, you will need to come into our office and register. As part of the registration process, you will need to bring the below:
- A valid passport with Visas if applicable
- If you are a UK national and do not possess a passport, please bring in your birth certificate and proof of National Insurance
- 5 years of contactable references
For those candidates who are working with us to secure permanent employment, we have pulled together some important advice to help you achieve success in the interview process.
Many employers might use different ways of interviewing to explore your skills and your personality. Many companies will use unexpected interview questions, some might also use a psychometric questionnaire to see how well your personality fits. Depending on the role, you might be asked to do an additional test or participate in a role play to assess your skills.
If you stick to a few easy guidelines, you’ll have no problem handling the interview questions you’re faced with and breeze through your next job interview.
Before the interview
Preparation is the key. Here are a few things you might like to think about:
- Research the organisation. Look at their website and read any news you can find about them. Research the sector the company operated in too. Look at industry association websites and magazines to get a feel for the latest developments.
- Prepare answers to the standard interview questions that form the basis of most interviews.
- Be ready with a few questions for the interviewer; this shows you’re keen and interested in the Company and the position.
- Check the format of the interview and find out who’ll be interviewing you. It could throw you off if you unexpectedly have to face an interview panel of six people!
- Make sure you dress appropriately.
- Re-read your CV and application letter and take additional copies with you to the interview.
- Plan your journey and check for any potential delays. Plan to get to your interview at least five minutes early. If you’re going to be unavoidably delayed, make sure you let your interviewer know.
- Always switch off your mobile phone before you enter the recruiter’s building.
At the interview
Try to make a good impression in the first few minutes of the interview.
Sometimes the interviewer might want to provoke a stronger reaction so expect to be given a few difficult interview questions. Some common ones include:
- What are your weaknesses?
- What would your colleagues say are your weaknesses?
- Describe a situation when your work was criticised?
Success here depends on not getting flustered and thinking on your feet than having the ‘right’ answer. Just be honest and give reasons for your answers. Owning up to past mistakes and explaining what you learned from them shows you’re a real person and not a robot.
Interview styles can vary dramatically; whatever the situation, try to remember:
- Be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet, from the receptionist onwards. You never know who might have a say in your appointment.
- Use positive body language. Don’t fold your arms, make good eye contact with your interviewer, sit forward and don’t slouch
- When answering interview questions, relate parts of the job description to relevant experience on your CV.
- Make the most of your research and quote it where appropriate.
- If you face a panel interview, make sure you talk to everyone rather than directing your answers at one person.
- Find out as much as you can about the job. For example, who would you report to? Why is the job vacant? What are the promotion prospects?
- Never mention salary unless prompted to do so, and even then try not to agree on specific numbers without being given time to think.
- Always let the interviewer finish speaking before giving your response.
- When the interview is over, remember to ask when you can expect to hear a response and what the next stage will entail.
After the interview
It’s always good to take stock of your overall performance, learn from the experience and prepare for the next step. Try to remember the interview questions you were asked and how you answered them to see if you could improve in future.
If you think it’s appropriate, email the interviewer to say thank you but don’t be too pushy for a response. Remember to use any criticism constructively.