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For Candidates

What are you looking for and how we can help you?


Whether you are looking for a casual, temporary position to fill a gap, a longer fixed term contract or your ultimate career move, we have the contacts within a large network of companies that can provide you with these opportunities. As respected recruiters in the market we are often engaged to recruit roles that never even make it to advert, the old saying “it’s not what you know but who you know” is very true in these cases.

At Fiona Watson Recruitment we pride ourselves on building a long term relationship with candidates. Many of the people placed when they first graduated have returned again and again when looking for their next career move and are now CFO’s, General Managers and even CEO’s. We work in partnership with you, taking the time to understand your work history, aspirations, cultural fit and strengths. We will offer honest feedback and advice on the current market, how to present your CV, prepare for an interview and a strategy on how to achieve your long term career goals. We are proactive and will approach companies you specifically want to work for (discretion and confidentiality guaranteed).

If you are immediately available and want to do some temporary work whilst we find a good permanent role or you are passively looking and want us to keep an eye out for your perfect career move, call for a confidential discussion today.

The Recruitment process

Unless you are a seasoned user of recruitment agencies, the recruitment process can sometimes be rather daunting. Here is a simple step by step of the process including tips on how to get the most out of your recruiter.

OK, so you apply for what looks like the perfect job for you, you submit your well presented CV and a recruitment consultant gives you a call – what next?

  • Initial phone call with Recruiter

This is your first opportunity to make a good impression, the initial call is usually to ascertain are you a suitable candidate for this role and potentially others so make sure you can speak freely and can remember which role it was you applied for. If you can’t, arrange a time to call back and make sure you do!

  • Interview with Recruiter

Approach the interview with the recruiter just as you would an interview with a company. Dress appropriately, know your work history and expect questions that will allow you to sell yourself. Always remain professional and be honest about yourself. The recruiter is going to assess your technical ability, aspirations and cultural fit, so make sure they are seeing the ‘real you’. Are you looking for permanent work only? Would you be open to temp work which can lead to permanent work in the future? Keep an open mind. By the end of the interview you should have a plan with the recruiter of what steps are going to be taken to find you employment.

  • Submission to roles

Sometimes this can happen overnight (literally) or the perfect roles may take weeks to come up. Your details are submitted to suitable roles and if you are not successful, hopefully there will be some feedback as to why not. Don’t get despondent if you aren’t requested for interview with every position. Or, you get the next phone call, an interview request.

  • Interview with the company

Preparation is the key! Take a look at the video on this website on how to prepare for an interview. Your recruiter will brief you as fully as possible and it is up to you to do some further research about the role and company. Again, be yourself. Your personality as well as your technical ability are what are going to get you the job. And don’t worry, not everyone is looking for the confident, outgoing people. Call your recruiter straight after the interview with your feedback, it’s important that they can go back to the client with your thoughts (and, if its not the job for you, be honest, its better to stop the process now than later on)

  • References

You have made it through the one or two interview stages with the company and they would like to take the next step. Make sure your references are expecting a call and are people that you have worked for in the recent past who can comment on your technical ability and ability to fit within a company. No company or recruiter should take references without advising you first.

  • Job offer and counter offer

As you have been keeping in contact with your recruiter throughout the process, a job offer should be a pleasant surprise where the title, salary, responsibilities are in line with your expectations. There may be some negotiations around salary which is sometimes much easier having a third party negotiate on your behalf. You delightedly accept the role and hand in your resignation only to receive a counter offer (We will match your salary, increase your responsibilities etc to stay with us) Although you will feel loyalty, guilt and other emotions, remember what it was that started you looking for this new opportunity. Over two thirds of people who are counter offered still leave their employer within 12 months.

  • Starting your new role

The recruitment process doesn’t finish with you accepting the new role. Your recruiter will keep in touch before you start and during your first few months to ensure everything is going OK. If, during this time you are unhappy, let your recruiter know, they may be able to solve whatever the problem is or address any issues you are uncomfortable dealing with yourself.


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