How to do your homework on the job

Present yourself well in an interview and you’re probably 95 per cent of the way to getting the job. So it’s useful to have some insight into how recruiters go about selecting candidates before you go to your interview. Many take a ‘hit and miss’ approach, with little structure. Good recruiters, however, work to a plan and set standards and requirements relating to a variety of factors. They then decide whether these are essential or desirable. This is known as a ‘person profile’ and is the recruiter’s ‘wish-list’ for the ideal recruit.

A recruiter will use the ‘person profile’ like a shopping list to try to help them to identify what the ideal candidate should be like. This may seem a little clinical but, if ...

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