Amber Employment Services, based in West Byfleet, offer a professional and reliable recruitment solution. Amber’s continued success within our organisation is through the careful selection of high calibre candidates and a thorough ......
It's not often I'm lucky enough to feel compelled to write and say thank you to a recruitment consultancy, but I want to say well done and a big thank you to the team at Amber. Not only did you quickly and easily understand our ......
Out of all the agencies I went to, Amber has been an inspiration to me. You never gave up the fight to find me a role and you knew my personality and what I was looking for. You made me feel good about myself but most of all you are a ......
Amber has taken the time to understand my requirements, my career history and what I want for the future. The most noticeable quality that differentiates Amber, is their understanding of the importance of communication at such a sensitive time. ......
I received an offer letter and contract for a job today but I really appreciate Stephanie being a person of her word and keeping in contact with me. I will keep your details just in case anything happens as you gave such a great service ......
I would like to thank Stephanie Callard for all of her expert help and professionalism in helping me update my CV. I came to Amber Employment looking for work with a CV that was quite old. Stephanie noticed this and was extremely ......
From the moment I contacted Stephanie at Amber Employment Services she has been a pleasure to deal with. Stephanie is professional, friendly and thorough, helping me with every stage throughout the recruitment process. Her passion for ......
Since moving to Esher, we have asked a number of agencies to find us the quality of staff we were used to employing when we were based in Central London. The only agency which has listened properly to our brief and who have consistently ......
Amber Employment services were great in finding a temporary Marketing Assistant for me at very short notice. Steff was very thorough in understanding my requirements and the candidate she recommended was a perfect match to the ......
Stephanie is a fantastic example of a how a recruiter should be. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable and approachable, and she made my experience of seeking a new role a pleasurable one! I have and will continue to recommend her to any ......
I am pleased to say by using Amber we have just completed a very successful recruitment programme to find 3 new staff. My sincere thanks for conducting business in a smooth and professional manner; understanding the brief, listening to my ......
Amber Employment Services will brief you fully before an interview to ensure you understand the role and help you make a good impression. However, there's a lot you can do to ensure you secure a job offer. Here are our tried-and-tested tips for success:
The more knowledgeable you are about the company the more proactive and committed you will appear.
Check out the company's website for up-to-date information.
Ask for a copy of their brochure/annual report.
Keep an eye out in the business press for any relevant articles.
The job description
Before your interview, familiarise yourself with the job description
Think of how you can demonstrate that you have the key skills and experience necessary for the role.
For every example you give, consider the situation, the action you took and the effect it had. For instance, if initiative is important to the role the interviewer will be looking for you to give examples and how you've used your initiative. The line of questioning could include:
Give an example of when you have seen an opportunity to improve or make a change to your own work load?
What did you do?
Who did you involve and why?
What was the outcome?
To help you with your preparation these are some of the most commonly required competencies: decision making and problem solving, resilience and tenacity, confidence, planning and organising, team work and commercial awareness.
Interviewers will want to see that you can:
Present yourself confidently and make a good first impression
Appear calm and confident under pressure
Be assertive about your needs/requirements without being aggressive.
Read your CV again and be prepared to talk about it in more detail.
If you have gaps in your CV or have not stayed in a job for long, make sure you can give positive reasons.
Based on the skills detailed on your CV, consider what you will actually bring to the company and role.
Plan your journey
Obtain clear directions and plan your route in advance.
Aim to arrive ten minutes early allowing plenty of time for the journey.
If you are delayed for any reason, contact amber Employment Services immediately who will telephone the client on your behalf.
Dress smartly and professionally.
For women, we recommend a matching suit, tights, court shoes, and understated make-up and jewellery.
For men, we recommend a matching suit, tie and smart, clean shoes.
Although some companies have now adopted dress down policies, a suit is still advisable. If you're unsure, speak to amber Employment Services!
Consider the following:
A firm handshake shows you are confident
Smile says "I'm enthusiastic", "I'm friendly"
Make regular eye contact
Be confident and alert, try to calm any nerves
Speak slowly and clearly, take time to think before you answer
Listen carefully, try not to get distracted and be careful not to talk too much
Maintain an open stance - avoid folding your arms or fidgeting
Always thank the interviewer and ask what the next stage of the process is
Remember to telephone amber Employment Services with feedback as soon as possible
Dress professionally. An employer is more likely to recruit someone who will best represent their company.
Give clear and concise answers, don't waffle
Speak confidently and remember to sell yourself
Take time to formulate answers
Thank the interviewer and express your interest in the role
Exaggerate your experience or qualifications
Criticise any previous employers
Show lack of career planning by appearing unfocused
Leave your mobile phone switched on
Questions for you to ask
You will always be given the opportunity to ask questions yourself. Remember, this is your opportunity to see if this is the job for you. Even if the interviewer has answered most of your questions, have a few prepared to ask at the end. This can help demonstrate your interest in the job.
Questions you might want to ask include:-
How does the department fit into the "bigger picture" of the company?
What are the personalities of the team or manager?
What sort of person is the team looking for?
How long was the last post-holder in the position?
Are any internal candidates interested in the position?
Could they describe the company culture?
Do they run an induction programme?
What sort of training is on offer?
How long has the interviewer worked for the company?
Why do they think it is a good company to work for?
How well does the interviewer feel your skills meet the job requirements?
What is the next stage following the interview? (This is particularly important)
Try to avoid asking about the salary, particularly at your first interview. Amber Employment Services should be able to advise you on the salary range and package on offer.
Flexible working is to be extended to all employees in 2014, but what are the advantages and ...
Expert commentary on a recent tribunal case.
It was our intention to revolutionise the way recruitment was handled, and returning to its ethical roots. With the emphasis on providing a consultancy service, as opposed to a sales led function, Amber Employment Services works together as a team.
There are no targets imposed at Amber Employment Services, the priority is to provide a service of the highest standard to our clients, without the need for internal competition between consultants.
Another great Employment Law presentation by Mel Smith and Anne-Marie Pavitt from Morgan Russell covering the insightful topic 'Conducting Grievance Hearings'. We were also provided with a general legal update which the group found extremely useful!
Many thanks to everyone who joined us at our Seminar at the stunning Brooklands Hotel on 26th September 2013.
We have received really positive feedback about our seminars to date including the content, relaxed atmosphere and interaction of the sessions. It is always a pleasure to see our regular attendees as well as our growing list of new guests and we hope to see you at our next seminar.
In addition to the generalist commercial office recruitment service, Amber Employment Services have a successful track record of placing more specialist vacancies. Often our clients have come to us for help finding local staff, relying upon our recruitment expertise and ability to assimilate the knowledge required to fulfil the vacancy brief.
We look forward to assisting you with your search for suitable employment opportunities!