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How to Close an Interview

In the grand scheme of the recruitment process, the interview is more often than not your last chance to impress the hiring manager before they decide whether to offer you the job or not. Ideally, you want to finish the interview confident and leaving a strong impression on the interviewer. But, why leave the job interview questioning whether you were successful and landed that job?

There are techniques and methods you can use to close an interview professionally, so you leave the interview knowing if you’re a good fit for the role and knowing what the next steps are. The interviewer leaves knowing you’re interested in the role and you have eliminated any concerns.

When it comes to this part of the interview remaining professional is of the utmost importance, I would suggest analysing the body language and manner of the interviewer to determine whether they would react positively or negatively to these questions. I would suggest the best method is to take an open and honest approach and come across genuinely interested and excited about the role.

  1. Following what we have discussed during the interview, do you have any concerns about myself for this role?

This is a reverse question, as it tries to uncover any potential issues about your background, skills, or yourself as a person. The benefits of asking this question are 3-fold. Firstly, if they say that there are no issues, then both parties leave the interview with that as the lasting memory from the interview. If they do suggest there are some concerns, this actively gives you the opportunity to address these concerns and attempt to eliminate any suggested limitations. Finally, by asking the question it shows that you are open feedback and can remain professional when receiving criticism.

  1. What are the next steps in this recruitment process?

This will help you understand what steps are left in the recruitment process and it will highlight if there are more candidates to interview. Allowing to understand how much competition there is for the role.

  1. How long until you make a decision? And do you require anything else from me before you make a decision?

This closing question will help to highlight to the interviewer that you are still interested in the role after gaining much more knowledge about what the role will entail. Obviously, it will put a timeframe on when they plan to make a decision and highlight when you should start to follow up if you haven’t heard anything. It will uncover if there is anything else you need to do to move the process along, such as providing any required references.

As I said previously, understand the environment and the interviewer, then choose the most appropriate questions to ask, always thank the interviewer for their time and ask for a business card, so you have all their relevant details for chasing up a decision if required.

Interviews are a nerve-racking environment, even for a seasoned pro. Recruit Mint is here to help through the entire process and will provide all the support you require for the interview stage. So, why not register today and let’s get practising those closing interview questions.

New Year New Job

Welcome to 2018! When the clock strikes midnight on the 31st December, champagne flutes chime, fireworks descend into the night sky and the question ‘What is your New Year’s Resolution?’ flows into conversation across the globe. A new house, a new fitness regime, a new relationship and more often than not a new job. Believe me, when I tell you you’re not alone when it comes to the latter.

According to Indeed, last January the number of job seekers increased by 64% compared to the rest of the months of the year. Showing a flooded job market where standing out amongst the crowd becomes vital. This can lead to unanswered applications and generic automated rejection emails, it’s important to not let this deter you from reaching your goal, to make sure this doesn’t happen here are our 5 top tips to stick to your New Year New Job resolution:

1. Make a Plan

There are many steps to getting a new job and it is not a quick fix, so make sure you plan ahead and associate adequate timeframes to all the following steps:

• Updating your CV
• Signing up to a Recruitment agency
• Applying for jobs
• Interview process – including 2nd interviews, 3rd interviews and assessment centres
• Acceptance
• Notice period

Some of the steps such as the interview process and notice period can take anywhere from a week up to a month in some cases, so it is important to set out a realistic plan and timeframe and don’t think you’re going to be in your dream job come the 2nd week of January.

2. Keep Track

Whatever method you want to use to do this whether it is a diary, excel spreadsheet or an app. It can often take a substantial amount of time to hear back from recruiters or companies regarding an application you have made and be easy to lose track of ones you have heard back from and the ones you need to chase, whilst getting disappointed with the lack of contact.

3. Be Realistic

Don’t aim too high and ignore reality, consider your previous resolutions and what the outcome was. What led to failure? It may be that you wanted to lose too much weight too quickly or save an unrealistic amount of money. Remember, there will always be more opportunities, so set realistic goals. Or if you don’t want to hold back, set clear short-term bitesize goals on your way to a big achievement.

4. Don’t Give Up

As I said previously, getting a new job in 2018 is not going to happen immediately, you will get rejection emails and you will get no answer from some applications, this is inevitable. This is where it is important to not give up, as rejection is never easy to deal with. It is important to prepare yourself for this, be strong and be proud of what you have achieved in the past. The perfect job could be just around the corner.

5. Reward Yourself

Getting the job you truly want is not easy, it will take up a lot of your time, with numerous amendments to your CV and usually more than one interview with more than one company. It is important to treat yourself at all the important milestones along the way, getting the interview, being shortlisted and then obviously when you accept their offer. It is vital to keep a positive mindset throughout the process and reassure yourself that you’re doing well.

Recruit Mint is here to help with all of your job requirements. Whether 2018 is the year where you look to make a step up the career ladder, a career change or just want a new job, we can help you at every step of the process. Register today and let us get the ball rolling in 2018.

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It is with great pleasure that we share with you Recruit Mint Education, the latest addition to the Recruit Mint Ltd Group.

The Education arm of the company, also based in Peterborough, is focused solely on the education sector, offering tailored advice to both schools and teaching professionals, matching candidates with suitable vacancies for their career requirements.

Utilising its already well-established network, Recruit Mint Education will serve Nurseries, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges and Special Educational Needs settings across Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas.

Working only in the Education sector on both temporary and permanent education recruitment contracts, Recruit mint Education will match the values that have made the Recruit Mint Group award winning.

Sector Manager Helen Sutcliffe and her team have a combined experience base of 40 years in the recruitment industry & look forward to working with schools and teachers across Peterborough, from Newly Qualified Teachers looking for their first roles through to those seeking out supply teacher vacancies.

For further information on our dedicated Education Recruitment agency service, please do not hesitate to get in contact on 01733 308444 or email

About Recruit Mint

Recruit Mint currently operates in the commercial, industrial and technical recruitment sectors, offering expert advice through its strong network of partnership lead relationships across Peterborough. It is these relationships with clients and candidates that ensure successful placements.

We are pleased to expand this offering to the Education sector and welcome on board the Education team.

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The dreaded telephone interview, the extra step, the screening process, the middleman between the CV and face to face interview. More employers these days are opting to implement a telephone interview into the recruiting process to screen their potential new hires. This allows them to sort all the candidates without committing to the expense and time needed for face to face interviews.

To help you through this step and to make sure you get through to the next stage of the recruiting process, we have compiled our top 5 tips to make it to the face to face interview.

1. Get rid of all possible distractions

You need to make sure you have your A-game for the telephone interview, so eliminate any possible external noises or distractions. Make sure you’re by yourself, get everyone out of the house or make them aware that you’re not to be disturbed, hell, put a sock on the door if needed.

Make sure your phone is fully charged, nothing screams no preparation like your phone cutting out mid-interview. Get all utensils you require in front of you on a desk, so, whether that is your laptop open on the company website, a pen and some paper or even a stress ball, just make sure it is there for when you need it.

2. Preparation 

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. There is nothing truer when it comes to the telephone interview, do your research! Find out everything you can about the company, look on their website, check them out on LinkedIn, has the company been in the news lately, what clients do they work with, have they won any awards, the list goes on but I think you get the point. This will help show them that you have an actual interest in the role. Have the job description in front of you so you can get in as many of the keywords off that into the conversation, the job spec describes the perfect person, use that to your advantage. Have the questions you want to ask written down, this is your opportunity to find out about the job, the team, the working environment and the company, so ask as many relevant questions as you can.

3. Make the most of the environment

In an interview, whether it’s a telephone interview or face to face, you need to make the most of any advantage possible. One of the main benefits for the telephone interview is the invisibility factor, there is no way for the interviewer to see what resources you have in front of you. So, get information about the company, about the interviewer, have your CV and the job description in front of you. Get any beneficial information to hand, this a great opportunity to really impress them and show how prepared you are.

4. Stand up

A downside to the invisibility factor is the fact that you can also not see the interviewer. You will not be able to see any of their nonverbal reactions and changes, such as facial expressions and body language. So again, it is key to make the most of any possible advantage you can. Research has shown that your project yourself better when you’re standing up, so make sure you have the space to walk around and get that chair out of the room.

5. Follow up

If you’re truly passionate about the role and really want the job, the follow up is a key part of making sure that the company and interviewer are aware of this. 24 to 48 hours after the telephone interview is the perfect time to send an email to the person who interviewed you. Thank them for their time, briefly outline what you discussed in the interview and reaffirm your interest in the position and working for the company.

As we all know the telephone interview can seem a daunting task, here at Recruit Mint we work with yourself at every step of the recruiting process, so you’re never by yourself. We will help prepare you in any possible way. So, if you’re struggling to find a new role, then gives us a call and let us help get that new position.

Company Culture and profit

The term ‘Company culture’ has become more and more prevalent over the past couple decades, moving from a mere buzzword to a means of potentially increasing turnover and customer loyalty. Many experts now agree that company culture is a key factor to running a successful organisation.

Companies are in a constant state of change, due to competition and other micro and macroeconomic pressures. A company’s culture can often be the only true identifier between you and other competitors. It is unique to you and your business. It makes you stand out from others to your present and future clients and employees.

Benefits of a Strong Company Culture

  • Creating a company identity – It creates a clear mindset for employees, a shared vision which leads to working towards a common goal
  • Improved morale – It can enhance the mutual trust amongst employees by creating a corporate culture of respect
  • Employee motivation – In a culture that appreciates employee’s needs can allow them to fulfil their potential as they feel valued within the company
  • Increased retention of staff – A strong company culture will attract and retain better staff. When an employee feels attached to the company they’re more likely to stay
  • Brand image – how you treat your employees will be a reflection of how your customers view your company, depending on your customer demographics, this can be a major boost

A company’s culture and personality define that business to all their stakeholders, whether that is customers, employees, suppliers or any other stakeholder. A strong company culture will define how the company does business, how you treat your customers and how your company treats other stakeholders.

The need to have a high-performance company culture is now more important than ever. As the landscape for businesses becomes increasingly more competitive and the need for better results increases, it has now become a necessity.

If you’re struggling to find the right talent, or want to implement your company culture more on your recruiting process. Recruit Mint can help. We will work with you to forge a relationship and make sure we understand your culture to ensure we find the right talent for your company.

10 Tips for Dealing with Stress

One of the biggest health hazards in the workplace in the UK is stress. Stress affects all of us and we all deal with it differently. It can also be caused by many different reasons, such as:

  • Job insecurity
  • Financial worries
  • Fear of violence, bullying or harassment from others
  • No job satisfaction
  • Poor physical working environment
  • Excessive workloads

Dealing with stress in the workplace is paramount for maximising your job performance and keeping a positive mental and physical state. Here are Recruit Mint’s top 10 tips for dealing with stress:

  1. Get some support

Accept help from others, share the burden of your stress. By including others to help it will help you manage to deal with your stress. Talk to your employer, they may have stress management resources available.

  1. Establish boundaries

Create some rules to ensure you maintain a work/life balance. These could be as simple as shutting down your computer at 7 pm or not answering your phone after dinner. This will help create a period of complete separation from work, a period where you can truly relax. This will help reduce the possibility of any work/ life conflict.

  1. Talk to someone about it

If you feel you’re getting stressed at work, one of the best to deal with it is to talk about your stress with someone close to you, whether that is a friend, family member or a work colleague. It is a great way of dealing with stress as it allows you to blow off some steam and get your issues out in front of you so you can start to deal with them.

  1. Allow yourself time to switch off from work

By constantly worrying over work issues your stress levels will only grow, it’s important that you allow yourself time to switch off and turn your attention to other, more enjoyable issues such as spending time with friends and family.

  1. Support your health with exercise and a healthy diet

We have all been there, swamped at work saying certain phrases like ‘I’ll go to the gym tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll just nip out and grab something quick to eat’. Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you must change your entire lifestyle, even the slightest changes can help improve your mood and relieve stress.

  1. Prioritise and organise

Help yourself to regain control of your time at work, learn to work smart not just hard. You could leave earlier even 15 minutes can make the difference between a hectic and a calm day. Plan a work schedule to give yourself a structure and make sure you have enough time to complete your tasks, this will help you prevent any stress from being overworked.

  1. Take control

Stress will take place when you start to feel like you’re losing control like everything is getting on top of you and you don’t know what to do. Set your own goals of what you need to achieve, set timeframes, create a plan of how you’re going to achieve these goals. The act of taking control is empowering and will help deal with any stress.

  1. Challenge yourself

By setting goals you can help establish a more driven and positive mindset, whether the goals are work-related or outside of work. Setting and achieving your goals can be a huge confidence builder and make you more resilient as an individual.

  1. Accept the things you cannot change

Changing or improving a negative situation isn’t always possible, it’s important to concentrate on aspects that you can affect. This will prevent wasted energy and stress over outcomes that you can have no effect on.

  1. Put everything into perspective

What means the most to you seeing friends, time with the family, your health? You always have the freedom of changing your job, if you feel you’re getting pushed too hard by your employer and you’re losing any kind of work/life balance and it is starting to have a negative impact, then it’s time to look for a new role.

Stress affects us all and if it’s getting too much then it’s time to look for a new role. If you have reached this point then get in contact with Recruit Mint and we can help you find a less stressful solution.


Growth within the job market

2017 has seen a significant growth in the job market for the first quarter of the year with a survey from CV -Library highlighting this.
This survey found there has been a quarterly rise of 28.8% in job applications for the start of the year. Alongside this increase in job applications, vacancies and average salaries have also increased. Across the UK certain areas have seen more growth in job applications than others. Bristol has taken the lead and seen a rise of 39%, Cardiff 37% and Birmingham 36.4%. Workers are seemingly more prepared to leave their existing jobs without securing a better position first, as confidence that other work is out there remains high. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library has gone on to say “It is fantastic to see the UK job market not only holding its own, but also expanding throughout the first quarter of the year. It is particularly promising to see a huge number of candidates in the UK actively looking for their next career challenge and with salaries seeing an impressive rise, the financial benefits of making a career move are clear to see.”

Whilst January is traditionally the start of the busiest time for recruitment, job applications in certain industries were significantly higher than last year. Manufacturing was up by 45.5%, automotive was up by 39.2% and construction was up by 38.3%. Average salaries have also seen an improvement with certain sectors benefiting more. Telecoms have seen increases of up to 8.7%, manufacturing by 5.5% and sales 3.4%. Overall average salaries have seen a rise of 1.3% year on year and 2.4% in comparison to the last quarter.

Whilst this year will bring more challenges, firstly with the up and coming general election and secondly with Brexit, it is encouraging to see such positive increases for the first quarter of 2017. As the job market continues to expand today is the perfect moment to think about a career change or promotion. If you are looking for a new career challenge now is the time to grasp the opportunity. We here at Recruit Mint are eager to find you a new opening or set you on a new career path.

Call us today to book an appointment.

Tips to avoid for an interview

1. Not doing your research

Your interviewer may test your knowledge on the company you are applying for, lack of research or the inability to answer their questions will make you look unprofessional and not interested. Taking the time to research the company so you have a good understanding of the business will stand you in good stead.

2. Turning up late

Arriving late will instantly give a bad impression that will be difficult to overcome, if you are unavailable to attend the interview then ring and give your apologies as soon as possible. Do not make up a fantastical excuse as why you were late or unable to attend. Whilst some companies will be willing to reschedule others may not have the time or be willing to.

3. Not dressing professionally

First impressions count for everything and an interview is not the time to test out the latest fashion trends. Play it safe and dress smartly- a well-groomed look will make you appear professional and respectable.

4. Leaving your phone on

Whilst modern technology is ever present in our lives, leaving your phone on in an interview is a big fail. There will be nothing more annoying to an interviewer than to hear a phone chime with an email or text or for it to start ringing. Not only will it leave you red faced with embarrassment it will not endear you to your potential employer.

5. Being hungover

If an interview happens to fall on a day after a birthday or a big night out, then turning up hungover or worse still drunk will be an instant no.

6. Speaking negatively about a previous employer

Even if your last employer was a complete tyrant, speaking ill of them will not come across well to a prospective employer.

7. Lying on your CV

During an interview your interviewer may refer to your CV or ask you to discuss certain aspects of it, any fabrications will be easily spotted and will only damage your reputation.

8. Chewing gum

Trying to talk to someone whilst they chew on gum is disrespectful and rude. Not only is it distracting to the interviewer asking questions but it is distracting for the interviewee trying to answer.

9. Swearing

Using inappropriate language, swearing or using derogatory terms are generally frowned upon in the workplace so to accidentally or purposely swear in an interview is a big no no.

10. Yawning

Whilst you may have been up late fretting over your interview try not to show any tiredness. Yawing in an interview will make you look bored and not engaged in the conversation.

If you can avoid all 10 of these things you stand a good chance of creating a good impression and progressing further. If you require any advice when it comes to the interview stage then book an appointment with one of our recruiters and they will help you navigate through the tricky recruitment process.

cover letter

A cover letter is an important tool in the quest for a job, a poorly thought out one could strike you out of the game before you even get to the interview stage. A great cover letter will make you stand out from the crowd and give you a better chance of being called in for an interview. We have collected our best tips to give you a head start on producing a winning cover letter.

Before starting your cover letter, take the time to research the company and the job you are applying for. Try to find out what the company does, whom their competitors are and where they are placed in the market. Carrying out this research will demonstrate your real interest in the position and the company you wish to work for.

Addressing your cover letter
When writing a cover letter, you should always try to address it to the person in charge of job applications. If you are unsure who this is then you can always call the company to ask, showing initiative may get you ahead of the competition. If you know whom the letter is for address it as follows e.g Dear Mr Roberts/Dear Mrs Allen if you do not know the person, then Dear Sir/ Dear Madam or Dear Hiring Manager will suffice.

Keep your covering letter clear and concise, ensure the letter includes examples of proof of your suitability for the job. Try to condense the letter to no more than one A4 page, remember you are not just repeating your CV again. As an example a cover letter can be broken down into 4 sections. The first paragraph indicates the position you are applying for, where it was advertised and when you would be available to start. The second covers why you would be suitable for the job, why you want to work for the organisation and what you can offer. The third highlights your relevant experience, how your skills match the job description and any additional strengths you have. The final paragraph concludes the letter, reiterates your interest in the role and indicates your desire for an interview. Finish the letter by thanking the employer and include how you are looking forward to a response.

Some job applications will ask to be submitted online or via email others will ask for a hard copy. Ensure you create a typed document in an easy to read font and at a legible size, ideally choose the same font and size as your CV to ensure continuity. If a hard copy is required choose a good quality plain paper to print onto. Always proofread your work and do not rely on a computer for spell checking and grammatical errors. Ideally get someone else to double check your cover letter for any errors. It is vitally important that your own contact details and the company details with whom you are applying to are correct.

If you require advice on your cover letter and CV then book an appointment with one of our team at Recruit Mint, our recruiters will be happy to check over these documents for you and help assist you with your job search.

Graduate Job Search

For graduates just starting a job hunt it can be an overwhelming and daunting prospect. There is a huge amount of competition out there but government figures show graduate unemployment levels are now at the lowest in ten years so it’s not all doom and gloom.


Take your time to research the sort of companies you might like to work for and the positions that would suit you, then find out what skills or experience would be needed for both. If you are lacking in these then consider undertaking voluntary work whilst you job hunt.

Upload your CV to job sites

Once you have a well-written CV to hand, upload it to job sites or LinkedIn, and then keep it up to date. Employers often use these sites to search for potential employees so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Join a recruitment agency

Consider joining a recruitment agency as they will be in the best position to help your job search, particularly as some companies will only recruit through these agencies. If you are finding a job hunt intimidating, then having regular contact with a recruiter can benefit you as they will give you feedback from interviews and can help with improving your CV and polishing your interview techniques.

Think small

Start-up companies can be a great place to begin a career as you will gain a wide variety of skills and experience. You may find yourself with more responsibilities than in a similar role in a much larger company which in turn could lead you to move up the career ladder more quickly.

Tailor your applications

So your CV may be top notch but do not forget about your covering letter, this is your first opportunity to spark some interest in a potential employer. Tailor your CV and covering letter to each job application, whilst this may be time-consuming it will make all the difference, make sure you highlight how you could fulfil the specific role on offer.

Think further afield

If the thought of relocating appeals to you, consider searching for jobs throughout the whole of the UK. Broaden your job searches and if you really are up for an adventure consider applying for jobs abroad. Lots of graduates end up in jobs that are not related to their degrees, so if a job appeals to you and you feel you have something to offer do not be afraid to apply.
If you need any help navigating the job market get in touch with us here at Recruit Mint, we can provide you with the support and knowledge to enable you to land your dream job.

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