Get ahead of the game

5th May 2017

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It is a good time to be looking for a new position; the market is full of environmental job opportunities.

However, it can sometimes be tough to secure the role you want. In a highly competitive sector with companies being demanding in what they are looking for, it is imperative you do what you can to get ahead of the game. Here is a reminder of what you can do to help you stand out:

  • First impressions count – they set a precedent. Make those first few seconds count. Stand up to meet people, shake hands firmly and be confident when communicating. Always accept a glass of water; it gives you a couple of minutes to get yourself set up in the room where the interview is taking place.
  • Prepare, or prepare to fail – employers expect you to know about their business, what they do, their values and vision. Research the organisation, its locations, turnover and members of the interview panel. You can never know enough.
  • Build credibility – we can all answer questions, but the key to a strong performance at interview is to build credibility. When answering questions, it is important to use examples and demonstrations of previous work. This gives the interview panel tangible evidence that you will be capable in the role.
  • Take notes – make sure you write down everything the interview panel says. You can use these notes to help to answer questions or to prompt your own. They can also act as a reminder about previous professional experiences.
  • Ask questions – it is not all about the interview panel seeking to understand you. Arrive armed with your own questions about the organisation. Seeking to understand more about the business shows a want and a willingness to learn and become a part of it.

Hopefully the above will help you on your way to securing your next employment opportunity.

Contact Environment Works for assistance on interviewing and job opportunities – call 0845 241 3042 or email

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