The Job Application Process | What to expect

So you have been scouring the internet job boards for your next move, you’ve seen the job of your dreams…or maybe you’ve been applying for everything you can click on, whatever your tactic, this article aims to give you an idea of what generally happens next.

The job Application Process

Once you have applied for a job (or close to a hundred jobs if you’ve been a bit trigger happy), make sure you check your email account regularly and keep an eye on your phone. The initial telephone call or email is really important as it is the first step in identifying a reliable or enthusiastic candidate. If an employer or recruiter sends you a voice message or email asking to get in touch, do it immediately. If you do decide to wait a few days, the recruiter or employer may move onto other candidates who appear more interested, so don’t delay.

From a recruiters point of view (agency or employer) once they receive your application, they will look through your CV for things that tick their boxes. This really depends on the job so look at the job description and tailor your CV to make sure those boxes are ticked. Don’t lie though, you will get caught out!

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The Phone Interview

So, let’s say you have been a model job seeker and have responded to a recruiter or employers message, you have an initial phone interview set up, what happens?

This is normally an exploratory chat to find out a little bit more about you and your experiences. You could be asked:

  • To explain your recent work history
  • Explain any gaps in your CV
  • Reasons for leaving past jobs (be nice…)
  • Explain why you think you would be good for the role
  • Your availability for a formal interview
  • What is your salary expectations

So it’s really important that you know your CV, have some pre-planned answers and explanations ready. Personality and character is something that also been tested here, everything from the tone of your voice to any awkward silences, all add up to form a first impression.

The Formal Interview

Once you have satisfied the employer or recruiter via the phone interview and they feel comfortable that you have potential, you will be invited for a job interview. This can take a number of different forms:

  • One-to-one (you are interviewed by a one decision maker)
  • Panel  (you are interviewed by a number of decision makers)
  • Group (you are mixed into a group of other candidates and interviewed)
  • Assessment centres (you may be expected to take tests or make presentations to assess performance)

You should be made aware of the type of interview before hand. Here at Manchester Staff Ltd, we always send our candidates job interview preparation email to keep you totally informed.

The Second Interview

Second interviews are very common, and if you get invited to one it means that you’ve made a good impression and have been shortlisted for the job. Now that you have made it past a recruiter’s pre-screening and the first interview with the employer, you are nearly there, this is the home straight.

Normally the first interview examined your CV, history, experiences, background, and of course, your character and personality. The fact you are back means that they like you. The second interview is now looking for evidence that you can fit into the role and organisation; what makes you different from other candidates; and to perhaps get a second opinion for other line managers.

This is a handy guide with some second interview questions.

The Job Offer

Hopefully you beat the competition and are offered the job. You will receive a call either from the recruiter or employer directly. They will examine your references and conduct final checks such as your right to work in the UK and any CRB checks if necessary. Assuming that all checks out, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable start date and induction.

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