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Interview Preparation

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We will prepare you thoroughly for any interviews so employers can see the benefit of recruiting you and you can assess whether they will provide you with the opportunities you are looking for in your future career.

Before attending any interview we can provide you with a background of the business, their philosophy and culture, how they operate, areas of expertise and plans for the future. We’ll also prepare you for questions you are most likely to be asked;

  • Reasons for leaving your current business?
  • What do you know about the business?
  • Why you are interested in the business?
  • What strengths can you bring to the business?
  • Your aspirations for the future?

You will be expected to talk through your CV, your current and previous roles and key achievements. Talking about your achievements and backing that up with tangibles such as any targets achieved can help you demonstrate success in previous roles – invaluable during an interview.

Showing the employer you have prepared with a list of questions to ask them is often essential to securing a role, probing further into information you have collated from other sources. Moreover you need a level of information in order to make an informed decision and need to come away from the meeting knowing if the role is for you or not.

  • Key duties & responsibilities of the role?
  • The types of work or clients handled by the department/team?
  • Plans for the business moving forward?
  • Training and development opportunities?
  • Career prospects and how the role will develop?
  • The current team, how they work and how you would compliment this team?

If you are interested in moving forward you should always try and close the interview, dependent on how you feel your meeting has gone you could ask;

  • Do they have any reservations? (this is a great opportunity to overcome anything that may have been misunderstood)
  • Is there anything that would stop you from offering me the job?
  • What the next stage would be?
  • Are they considering other applicants and how you measure against them?
  • Be aware of your appearance and body language – a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile, show confidence. Your non-verbal communication is as important, if not more so, than what you say.

Conveying enthusiasm for the role and organisation is essential to a successful outcome, as is how effectively you are able build a rapport with the interviewer and anyone else in the business you have contact with. If you are interested in the opportunity tell them so.

I would have no hesitation in discussing the most sensitive assignments with them and would be happy to recommend them to my colleagues and business contacts.

Jonathan Webb,
Regional Managing Director, Towergate Partnership

However, I experienced a fully discreet & professional service from Lisa Kempster @ Nixon Allen, who provided friendly support and guidance

Senior Motor Trade Underwriter,
Leading Global Insurer

Six months ago, Lockton started working with Nixon Allen to address its recruitment needs across its high-growth regional offices in the North and Midlands areas.

Ian Cooper,
Chief Operating Officer, Lockton Risk Solutions

Nixon Allen are always my number 1 choice when it come to recruitment. Their knowledge of the market means they stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Regional Manager,
South, Leading Global Insurer

We have found their consultants have added value at all stages of our recruitment process from the initial discussions through to the conclusion.

Neil Baxter,
Area Manager, Lloyds Broker