So you have endured the interview and now it’s time to discuss salary expectations. A thought preys in the back of your mind; what if I could come across as greedy or rude in asking for too much? Relax. Salary discussions are simply another part of the hiring process similar to the interview.
alary discussions during an interview center around what you have made in prior positions and/or what you are seeking to earn in your next position. It’s important to note that a salary discussion is not a salary negotiation. It can, however, lay the foundation for a salary negotiation.
Towards the end of the Interview Employers tend to ask salary questions to see if a close match exists between the salary likely to be offered and your expectations. Naturally, the closer you are to the employer’s salary range, the more likely you will accept an offer and remain with the company.
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When you start a new job, your employer may wish to carry out a number of checks. The number and type of checks will normally depend on the type of a job you are going to do and the sector you will be employed in. The more senior your role is, the more enhanced the checks are likely to be.
No matter what role you have applied for, the key to a successful background screening is 100% honesty and disclosure of all required information. Hide a few facts and be prepared to face new challenges or even risk your job offer withdrawal. Unfortunately, in our recruitment career we had to withdraw offers on a number of occasions and every time it was a painful process for all parties, not to mention the consequences for the candidate.
Identity Checks and Identity Verification
The aim of these checks is to:
- Verify the individual’s details against those on the Electoral Roll
- Provide confidence that the candidate the firm is dealing with is who they say they are
- Ensure all subsequent reference checks are viable
- Verify a candidate's current and up to two previous addresses
These checks are one of the core ones and it’s important to get them right. The check would normally include verification of employment/work activity for the previous 5 years for permanent jobs, and 3 years for temp/contract jobs. These checks aim to verify the place of work, date and capacity of employment of a prospective hire.
Education verification removes doubts over qualifications and ensures that the new recruits have the correct credentials for the job. This check will include verification of the main education and professional / additional qualification the new hire has obtained to date.
Criminal records checks
Criminal record checks are important, whether they are mandatory for the role or not. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure will reveal if a person has convictions that would make an employer consider them unsuitable to do a specific job, such as a criminal history, convictions of theft, fraud or dishonesty.
This check would normally require a prospective employee to fill in a straightforward questionnaire and declare any medical conditions they might have. Disclosure of these conditions would not lead to discrimination of a future employee but would assist an employer to make reasonable adjustments to work station / work patterns of the new hire.
This data can highlight any financial red flags, such as bankruptcies and other adverse data, which can provide valuable warning signs into a candidate’s character and suitability. This is particularly vital for the roles in financial and professional services sector (eg. Banking, legal etc).
Failure to pass any of the above mentioned checks may result in the job offer withdrawal.
How does one prepare for background checks?
Blue Fox Recruit is flat fee recruitment provider with years of experience in the UK and EMEA markets. We will be happy to provide further advice to all our candidates and clients.
Blue Fox Recruit are flat fee recruitment specialists who deliver quality recruitment service. Having worked for many years in the industry we have helped a lot of clients to fill the roles and candidates to get their desired jobs. These days majority of employers recruit online and with so many candidates in the market the competition for every role is high.
So, how can you stand out from the crowd?
The first step is to write an effective CV that will showcase your skills, experience, interests and aspirations. On average a recruiter will spend 30 sec skimming through a CV, so it’s pivotal to get it right!
This is one of the most crucial parts of the job seeking process, but for many candidates it is also the most difficult one. Blue Fox Recruit have experience of both writing professional CVs and coaching for Interviews, so below are just some tips on how to write a great CV.
Draw on Your Skills
Once you have the basics of work history and education down, start to think about your skills. While experience will also be important, employers increasingly want to know not just what you have done before but what else you can do. Emphasise skills that are relevant to the jobs you want to apply for, but don't be afraid to put down some other skills. They will show that you are a rounded individual, and may be able to step outside your remit when required.
When submitting a CV as part of a job application, it is important to ensure it is well presented.
Include Your Interests
Employers increasingly want to get an overview of a candidate as a person as well as just seeing a list of their skills, education and experience. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, a person's interests are a rich source of transferable skills, so this can help employers get a more complete view of a candidate's suitability for the role. Secondly, it will help them get a glimpse of your personality, which will make it easier for them to decide how you will fit in with a team and with the company culture.
Consider Professional CV Writing
If you are stuck in the process of CV writing or simply pressed for time, consider using professional CV writing service offered by Blue Fox Recruit.
We can either review and improve your current CV or create one from scratch after having a telephone consultation with you. In both cases, you will get a professional written CV that can significantly boost your chances of landing an interview and bring you one step closer to getting a job offer.
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