Why Candidates Choose Dylan
At Dylan your career development is our primary motivation. Helping you succeed is the lifeblood of our business and we pride ourselves on getting your next step just right. Every day, we strive to find our candidates the very best job opportunities in the 'best fit', most stimulating environments.
Our aim is to ensure that we match your career ambitions to a company that can offer you more than just the job of your dreams - but a career. Ultimately, we want you to thrive, because when you prosper, so do our clients and so does Dylan.
The easiest way of finding the perfect new job is by having your very own recruitment consultant.
Of course, hiring your own recruitment consultant could actually be quite expensive!
Registering with Dylan is like having your own consultant, who learns what's perfect for you as you search. If you don't register we'll save as much of your search information as we can, but after a few days we have to start afresh. So register now and make sure that make the most of the Dylan experience.
Preparation for anything in life makes for a successful outcome, never truer than when going for an interview. Louise Giordano points out in The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Preparation that, 'The biggest mistake in interviewing is not being fully prepared. Preparation can make the difference between getting an offer and getting rejected.'
Every job and every company is different so there is no one 'best way' to prepare yourself for an interview. However, by considering and following the steps below you will be best prepared and have a good chance of nailing the interview and allowing your brilliance to shine through!
You need to be sure that you are in the KNOW!
Know Yourself: Before you even start looking for a job, make sure you take some time for self reflection. The more you know about yourself, your needs and values, the more confident and prepared you will be.
Know The Company: They know all about you from your CV and are eager to find out more. Impress them by showing them how much you know about them, this implies interest and focus. Utilise every resource (ask Dylan on where best to do your research), making sure you know about their core competence, client base, history, growth profile, recent developments and any relevant PR. Knowing this gives you a competitive edge.
Know What To Wear: Before the interview day, talk to Dylan about the company culture and assess exactly what to wear. It's important that you feel comfortable with what you're wearing, focussing on the interview, rather than worrying about whether you're too smart or too casual.
Know The Area: Make sure you know where the office is so that you don't get lost and that you arrive on time, cool, calm and collected.
Know What Happens Next: At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and express your interest in hearing from them soon. If you're interested of course! Call Dylan* and let us know how you got on, we'll have everything crossed for you and always want to know how you did.
Nine Questions You May Be Asked
You have the interview, you're prepared, researched and you look great. The day has arrived. What can you expect to be asked and how can you prepare for this?
1. So...tell me about yourself...
This is a common opening question, or 'ice breaker' and is a great way for you to make your first impression. Be clear and concise, not going in to too much historical depth, focussing on what drives and inspires you. Beware of the waffle!
2. Great...What do you know about our business?
Your research has paid off, tell them all about their business, making sure that this doesn't sound like a recital but indicates a clear understanding. Give your answer a positive tone.
3. Why do you want to work for us?
This should be easy to answer, especially since you've considered your skill set, your ambition and the companies profile. Your aim is to make it evident that you fit into the company's needs. You might say that your research has shown that the company is doing things you would like to be involved with, and that it's doing them in ways that greatly interest you.
4. What can you do for us that someone else can't?
This is a great question for you to really talk about your full skill set. Remember that your personality and character, along with your experience all make the full package. Include them all as independently, they're no where near as effective. Make it evident that your competence, interests and goals, combined with experience and expertise make you a great fit for the role.
5. Your CV suggests that you may be over-qualified or too experienced for this position. What's your opinion?
This may be true, so accept that compliment and if you are genuinely interested in the position, express that. The interviewer asks this question because they are worried that the role will not interest you and that you will quickly want to move on, leaving them with the same resource problem down the line.
Express your interest in growing with the company, stating that, you wish to be part of a growing and dynamic company and have the opportunity to be promoted at a later stage. Whatever your reason, highlight that you are interested in establishing a long-term association with the business, and say that you assume that if you perform well in this job, new opportunities will open up for you.
6. What is your preferred company culture?
Be honest with them, assuming Dylan* has got the 'fit' right, and you've done your research, the existing company culture is what you're looking for. Express this and why.
7. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your present (last) job?
This is not necessarily the main point of the interview but it does impact how you are viewed, don't avoid the question but keep it brief and honest. If you were made redundant, say so; otherwise, indicate that the move was your decision, the result of your action. It is advisable not to mention personality conflicts from your old position. You may be probed on this issue and in order to answer the questions without delving too deep try the "We agreed to disagree" approach. Once again, it is important to remember that the company will be checking your references, so honesty is the best policy, your interviewer will respect this.
8. In your current (last) position, what features do (did) you like the most? And the least?
Once again, honesty is the best policy. Choose your points carefully and be enthusiastic. Make sure you mention more of the features that you liked, than the ones you disliked. Keep personality problems out of this and link the best features to your performance.
9. What are your long-term goals?
Think about what you truly want to do with your career, discuss how the position will factor into such goals and relate your goals to the compan9. What are your long-term goals? Think about what you truly want to do with your career, discuss how the position will factor into such goals and relate your goals to the company.
If only a small percentage of our communication is what we say, how can we control the rest? Body language is very telling, revealing if you are secure or self-assured, shy or quiet and even whether you're telling the truth or not!
The interviewer is not looking to interrogate their body language but without them even realising it, their perception of you will be greatly influenced by your body language. Learn to pay attention to your body language, without becoming over sensitive about it, and use it to your advantage. Here are a few golden rules to follow;
- Keep it firm but regulated, too hard or too soft and you're off to a bad start.
- Make sure your hands are clean and dry, your hands may be slightly wetter than usual due to nerves and so a quick pat down before you say hello is probably wise.
Facial Signals and Eye Contact:
- Smile, it shows you at your very best, implies confidence, and will immediately put you on a good footing.
- Eye contact is good. Averting eye contact raises suspicion!
- If you're a nodder, some people are, keep it slow and sparing. Rapid nodding implies impatience and a lack of focus.
- Although eye contact is good, don't stare your interviewer down, you'll make them feel uncomfortable.
- Don't cover your mouth with your hand when speaking and ensure you always speak clearly.
- Generally the interviewer will direct you to a seat. If not, then it is appropriate to ask the interviewer where you should sit, whatever you do ensure that you keep a comfortable personal space.
- On sitting down, try not to cross your arms as this is seen as a defensive or insecure gesture.
- One unconscious response to nervousness can result in our body language over compensating. In this instance, we tend to slouch, sit with our legs open or put our arms behind our heads to appear casual. Be aware of this as it gives off the wrong signals.
- Sit with your shoulders back, as this suggests confidence, smile and maintain eye contact.
- When you take your seat, sit up straight but lean forward when speaking to show that you are interested, slouching or hanging sideways in your chair can be interpreted in that you are bored or uninterested.
- Don't worry too much about your arms or hands; leave them where they're most natural. Moving your hands about or your arms can sometimes be the default used to try and communicate security and being relaxed and may do anything but!
Time sheets, the only thing between you and your much deserved paycheck. Download your Dylan timesheet from www.wearedylan.com and then complete it in full, clearly stating what hours you have worked, and ensuring that you get the sheet signed by an authorised person at the company you are working with. Even if you are getting paid through their payroll, we need to receive the timesheet for our own records.
6 p.m. FRIDAY is the deadline to guarantee payment the following week. Anything after this will be pushed to the following week.
- Please fax your signed timesheet to 0844 873 1146 with your Dylan consultants name clearly written on it.
- Remember, no signature, no good.
- The time sheet has to be a Dylan time sheet or, worst case scenario, a form detailing your hours on the companies headed paper.
You will be paid a week in arrears, directly into your bank account on Monday by BACS which should clear on Wednesday.
Dylan deducts PAYE (Pay As You Earn) tax and National Insurance from your salary automatically. If you are working in the UK for the first time, you'll need to fill out a P46 form and apply for a National Insurance number. The form can be downloaded from our site, www.wearedylan.com, and needs to be completed in SECTION 1 (ONLY) and then returned to our offices asap.
If you don't have a National Insurance Number, The Department of Social Security takes care of applications. Contact them on 020 7712 2171 and they will tell you where the nearest office is located, where you can book an appointment for interview. Applying for a National Insurance number registers your eligibility for state benefits, including free hospital and doctor's services (NHS) so we recommend everyone to do this.
For any more information on PAYE or Limited Companies, then please look at www.hmrc.gov.uk - failing all of that, give us a call and we'll see how we can help.
The European Working Time Directive grants that all employees should receive a maximum of 4 weeks paid holiday leave each year. Dylan pays out holiday pay from the beginning of each assignment to all PAYE (Pay As You Earn) freelance workers. If you are a limited company you are not entitled to holiday pay.
Visit the Home Office website for any information on:
- Holiday Visas
- Highly Skilled Migrant Visas
- Ancestral Visas
- Spousal Visas
- Student Visas
You can also speak to Dylan about visa enquiries.
Change of Details
Please inform us as soon as possible if your postal address, bank details or anything else should change, so you won't miss any payments or bookings from us.
Many freelance bookings prove to be a foot in the door to the larger companies, and it is often the case that our freelancers get offered permanent placements within the businesses that we have introduced them to. If your client approaches you with a permanent offer, give Dylan a call and we'll manage the process taking you from freelance to full time.
If you have any other queries, please contact us on 020 7939 7679.
Working with, and recommending Sarah since 2006
"Since meeting Sarah in early 2006 I have found her advice invaluable. We have remained in contact ever since. Her approachable personality, knowledge and extensive contacts have ensured that Sarah is my first call whenever I am considering a move.
Sarah has directly placed me for two permanent positions over the years; both positions were perfectly matched to my personality.
I would recommend Sarah to anyone as I have done for my wife, brothers and friends."