A second-round interview shows you have met the core job requirements, you have successfully demonstrated you want the job and they are interested in hearing more from you. It is also pretty standard for more competitive roles and it is where the real vetting happens. Make sure you take it seriously. It is a great sign to get a second interview, but it does not confirm getting the job. The company will want to get to know you better and find out which candidates will be the best fit. Read on for our tips on what to expect and how to prepare for your second interview.
#1 New, or More InterviewersIt's not unusual for different people to be interviewing you in a second interview. So, make sure you inquire about who will be interviewing you. Then, you can look up your interviewers as part of your interview prep, use the company website or Linked In to find out a little about their backgrounds. This can be really helpful in coming up with specific questions to ask. Employers are impressed when a candidate has done their research.
#2 Expect More In-Depth QuestionsWhen it comes to your second interview, you should expect a more in-depth discussion. You will likely talk about how you will operate in the role and you should prepare new questions to demonstrate your deeper level of research. New questions are particularly important if you are meeting with the same interviewer, so use your first interview as a jumping off point. Is there something you wished you'd brought up or a question you wish you'd answered differently? Review your notes from your first interview and see where you can expand. Think about what the role requires and make sure you have plenty of example s which demonstrate why you are the best person for the role.
#3 Show you Fit In With Company CultureTry to take cues from the interviewer regarding how casual or formal you should be. In today's competitive environment, much of your second-round success comes down to how well you will fit in as well as your competence for the role! With new interviewers and unknown personalities, you might be nervous but there is no reason to stress. Just relax, be yourself and use what you've learned so far to align yourself with the company values and identity.
#4 Presentation Tips - Response To Brief
Always End With InterestHowever well you think the interview goes, remember to try and end on a positive note. Something as simple as being enthusiastic can leave a lasting impression on interviewers. Are you looking for a new job? Contact dotgap today for the most up to date digital marketing roles in the UK and abroad!
You’ve done it! Studied hard, written a top-notch CV, aced your interview and been offered a job. It’s a wonderful feeling, especially if it is your dream job, or perhaps it is the start of a journey to your dream job. Still, the salary is something you do need to consider. Unfortunately, there is huge variation across industries and this can affect your ability to accept your dream role or turn it down so you can pay rent.Salaries depend on location for example, jobs in London often pay slightly more to cover the higher cost of living, the size of company, the type of company, and its specialisation. And, there are a myriad of factors affecting your decision to accept or not which are often more out of your control – your ability to relocate for example, living arrangements and whether or not you have any dependents. We’ve compiled a brief list of average starting salaries across some of the major industries to give you an idea of what to expect.
Graduate Salaries, Starting at The TopBanking & Accountancy – up to £50k (starting as low as £17 though) Education (qualified teachers) - £32K Law - As a graduate, you should expect between £19k and £22k (the higher amount being in London). Sales - Starting £24K with commissions often taking the total closer to £30k. Digital marketing - £18-22k Publishing/journalism/media -start as low as £15k Media agency graduate roles - £20-25k **Median uk salary for graduates is roughly £3ok
Why Are Graduate Media Salaries So Low?There seems be be a heavy expectation on new starters in media to work up through the ranks, with experience often valued over qualifications – not the same as a doctor or architect with 7+ years of study and experience combined upon graduation! The good news? On average, media agency salaries should increase to £30 and above after two years, so you don't have long to wait.
Other Things to ConsiderDon't be disheartened. Lots of companies now offer a raft of extra benefits which can heartily support your lifestyle. You need to think about where will you be living, the cost of transport offset against rent and the time it takes to commute. Lots of companies now odder season ticket schemes as well as the now fairly established cycle to work scheme.
How Can I Earn More?Make sure you find out what progression options there are in your interview and how quickly you can expect to move up. If you start a job and you feel like you are being taken advantage of there is no shame in looking elsewhere – contact dotgap to make sure you’re on the right track for your digital career.
Securing a job requires so many different skills, most of which we don’t all naturally possess. Some people are fabulous at presenting themselves on paper, the CV and others struggle with this. Some excel and interview well, whether it’s face to face or on zoom where others prefer a phone call or can't stand the interview process at all. Group interviews or assessment days are a dream for some people where they make others want to crawl into their shell. The truth is, it’s a tough job, getting a job! While you might have all the skills and be the perfect fit, you have to demonstrate all of this via ways you might not be terrific at. While we can't guarantee you a successful interview here’s 5 top dos and 5 don'ts to get you off to a good start.
How To Interview Well: Dos#1 Do make sure you have done your social media audit when you apply for the job. It will save you having to answer any awkward questions in the interview, leaving you free to be cool, calm and collected. #2 Do your homework. Research the company and prepare plenty of questions, job related, progression related and don't be afraid to think outside the box! Find something you are interested in about the company or any of its directors. Take a notepad and pen for jotting down questions during the interview. #3 Do arrive on time. This shouldn't need explaining any further. #4 Do dress appropriately This can mean different things for different roles, but if in doubt, ALWAYS overdress. You won't lose out for wearing a suit. #5 Do be prepared for awkward questions. There are some classic questions which always throw people off, for example, "What would you say is you biggest weakness". Most interviewers ask this in some form or another and it is a difficult one to think of on the spot.
How To Interview Well: Don’ts#1 Don't speak over the interviewer. Use your notepad to jot things down if you're worried you'll forget. Listen attentively and respond appropriately. #2 Never speak poorly about past employers or colleagues - even if you think you're right. It's unprofessional and not appropriate for an interview situation at all. #3 Don't worry too much about previous rejections, always ask for feedback, learn from them and move on #4 Don't underprepare – sometimes an interview is described as a coffee, or a ‘quick chat’. Whatever the format, treat it as an interview, the purpose is to evaluate you in some way or another so be prepared. #5 Don't lie. There is a big difference between extracting skills and experiences from previous work making them transferrable, and flat-out lying. It happens more than you'd think. Sometimes it is only small things that can catch people out! Be prepared for questions and don't think you'll get away with anything! Social media means your employers are way more connected than they were 20 years ago. Assume they will contact your old employers as a failsafe.
Now, Go Out and Impress!A lot of the above tips are common sense and if you’ve interviewed before, I hope these are not new to you! Remember to relax and be polite, you’ve been invited to interview for a reason, but it is not a guarantee yet. So, remember to continue to put your best self forward. For more job seeking advice, make sure you’re following us on Linked In. Good luck!
Firstly, congratulations on landing your graduate job! It’s a tough world out there at the moment so make sure you take the time to enjoy and appreciate the effort you've put in so far. Here at Dotgap we know how nerve-wracking that first day can be, whether you are a graduate entering the workforce for the first time, or someone who has had their fair share of first days over the years. In light of this, we've put together some advice for your first day to help calm your nerves.
Plan your commuteThe last thing you need is to be running late on your first day. Not only do you want to make a good first impression, but feeling anxious, stressed and arriving flustered is not the best for your enjoyment of your first day. Plan ahead, leave in plenty of time to allow room for delays and maybe have a back up route! Also, make sure you have the company contact information in case something unavoidable happens to you en route so you can let your new employers know what is going on.
Professional behaviourThere are a lot of ways you can be unprofessional, it really depends on your role, the company, and what you have been told, so just do your best! Here's a few key things to remember:
- Make sure you are dressed appropriately, wear light layers to make sure you aren't too hot or cold in the office, you never know what it's going to be like and there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable all day.
- In the excitement of getting your new desk and office supplies, you might be tempted to take a picture of your desk- try and keep your phone away, even if your new colleagues are on theirs. Wait until lunchtime, or the end of the day.
- Be helpful and try to be as approachable and friendly as you can. This can be challenging, especially if you are more of an introvert. Financial Magazine offers these tips for getting used to making small talk in the office after working from home for two years. We think they are great tips for starting a new job too.
Ask for HelpDon’t be afraid to ask for help, you aren’t expected to know everything. It is your first day, and if this is a graduate role it is likely to be your first time in this kind of environment too. Save big questions about career progression for your boss, but asking your colleagues for help is a good way to get to know them. Do be mindful of their workload though, don't interrupt them mid-phone call!
Social Media WarningIf you are lucky enough feel at ease, and make friends quickly, you may find yourself adding your new colleagues to social media on your first day! Now, we are not here to tell you not to do that. In fact, what a great first day that would be! This point is to remind you to be careful - although if you’ve done a social media audit you should be ok! Just don’t post yourself at the pub celebrating your first day before calling in sick!
Be yourselfYes, this is much easier said than done. The reason this is so hard, especially on your first day is that it is hard to relax, naturally we are nervous, and we want to make friends and fit in. If you try too hard to be someone else this will only add up to stress later on! Try some mindfulness exercises in the mornings or on your break and remember that everyone has had to go through this experience too.
Show Support to Your Co WorkersAnother great way to make connections, forge friendships, and show enthusiasm for your company is to pay attention to your colleagues' successes and challenges and offer congratulations and encouragement when appropriate. This even goes for your manager. Everyone appreciates when others notice their hard work and efforts.
So, What Should I Expect From My Graduate Job?You may find your role changes and you are asked to take on lots of different tasks in your first few weeks. For example, in a digital marketing agency you may get the chance to work with a few different teams in the beginning - getting to flex your talents in both creativity and analysis. Show willing to learn, the more you can experience the better and you might discover a dream role you didn't know about before. Good luck, and enjoy your new job! Are you looking for a graduate role? We can help! Contact Dotgap for current vacancies today.
Modern life is stressful. The biggest causes of stress have been said to be money, job worries and our health so it is no wonder that the pandemic has increased reported stress levels across the world. In the past year 74% of people have reported feeling so stressed they said they felt unable to cope, but what do we mean when we talk about stress? In this blog post we’ll take a small departure from our usual topics to bring you the top three causes of stress at work, and some easy things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of modern life.The three main causes of stress are work, money, and health. If we consider what we as a species have been through in the last three years it is unsurprising that we are seeing stress levels soar: Job uncertainty, soaring costs of living, and a deadly virus. People have lost their jobs and gone through huge changes in lifestyle. We think this is one of the biggest underlying stressors that people perhaps aren't giving enough credit to. The focus is on 'getting back to normal' and not realising the strain we have all been under.
Cause #2 –Poor OrganisationThis can be poor organisation on the part of the individual, or the perceived poor organisation of the company or management. Insufficient workloads, too heavy a workload, not enough time, and unreasonable demands all stem from poor organisation. This can cause a great deal of stress from feeling a lack of control. Unfortunately, when it comes to poor management there isn't always a great deal you can do. You can, however, take control of your own organisation and manage your day to help reduce unnecessary additional stress at work.
Cause #3 – Perfectionism and PressureFollowing on from our previous point, pressure at work is a major cause of stress at work. But, this can be caused by many things, not just poor organisation. Social media causes a great deal of stress related to perfectionism and the pressure to be better. Constantly comparing yourself to how well others are doing, or your perception of how well they are doing, is demotivating and stressful!
How to Reduce Your Stress at WorkNothing will completely get rid of stress, it is a natural physiological response, and serves productive purposes such as boosting focus and motivation in the right amounts. Too much though, and we can lose the ability to carry out our normal tasks and feel unwell. Here are some of our tried and tested ways to prevent and manage stress:
Good Food is a Good MoodGood food, nutrition and hydration. Caffeine is not a problem for everyone, but you might want to reduce your intake and see if it helps. Sugary breakfasts wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels, which cortisol (the stress hormone) does too.
Get Out in NatureOr at least a walk in your local park. On your lunchbreak, in the morning. If you can hack it, leave your phone at home and listen to nature and resist the temptation to scroll. You can make use of digital wellbeing controls on your phone – turning off app notifications for a specified time. It is hard to separate using social media for work and personal use resulting in spending way too much time online, so a walk without your phone is a great two in one stress buster
Get OrganisedJust keep it simple.
Look After Your HealthWe hope you find these tips useful, remember no job is worth your health. If you are feeling stressed and unable to cope then please reach out to friends, family members or seek advice from a professional. If it is a work-related problem you could consider speaking to your line manager. Something as simple as talking through your worries can really help you feel calmer, and realise you are not alone in feeling stressed.
Do you have itchy feet? Maybe you are looking for new opportunities in a market with more room for growth? Or are you simply dreaming of sunnier climes? With global travel becoming increasingly accessible again, and countries once more welcoming visas and immigration, there's no time like now to start looking for your next job abroad. Before you embark on your next adventure, you need to make sure you CV is up to scratch. Read on for three simple tips to optimise your CV for international job search.
Always Write A Personal StatementSome things never change. From our experience, all countries look favourably on a personal statement. Whether it’s explicitly asked for or not, it is a great way to showcase you personality, achievements, and ambitions as well as a way to expand on your previous experience. Your full job history may not fit on two pages of your CV* so a well-written personal statement gives you a great opportunity to sum up what makes you the best fit for this role. *Bonus tip: some countries even prefer a one-page CV, and others permit three!
Do I Need A Photo For My International Job Search?Depending on the job your are applying for, and the country it is in you may need to provide a photograph. This list provides a fairly comprehensive overview of which countries require a photo with a CV submission. However, be wary, this can change, and may be different for different roles so be sure to consider tip number three below: research.
Do Your ResearchThis shouldn't be news to any seasoned job seeker but ALWAYS DO YOUR RESEARCH. Find out about the company, the company culture, the country's working culture, whether a photo is expected, or frowned upon, what personal information should be included. Treat this like your first CV and make sure you double-check everything. Carrying out research on new countries is easier now than ever before. You can join international jobs Facebook groups and connect with people who live there, or even connect with employees at the company via Linked In. Make sure to get a native speaker to read your CV, especially if you are writing in another language.
Checklist For Success In Your International Job SearchJust like any job search in your home country, it is vital to understand the CV norms and expectations. You can unwittingly exclude yourself from consideration for a role without even having your CV read to the end. In summary, here's our checklist for success:
- There is no universal template
- Find out about any local or national cultural norms
- Check out Linked In
- And don’t forget the usual tips on How to Make Your Job Application Stand Out
When it comes to updating or writing your CV, it can feel like a huge challenge. The jobs market is an ever increasingly fast-paced place, and jobs trends can change month on month with the market which means that CVs change too.
Photo by Karolina Grabowska at Pexels.comEmployers are looking for someone special and as more people gain qualifications, more types of jobs open up and digital jobs continue to boom, it is important to keep on top of things! Time for a spring clean of your CV? Here’s 5 things you MUST include in 2022
Talk About WFH Experience
Photo by Ketut Subiyanko at Pexels.com Photo by Vlada Karpovick at Pexels.comWhile the debate still rages over the benefits, or not, of remote working, there is no doubt that flexible working and the virtual office is here to stay. If you have experiences to share about successful and productive then talk about it! Make sure you sell yourself as a self-motivated worker, productive, proactive and working under your own initiative.
Highlight Results over ResponsibilitiesThis is one of the most common things people do in their employment history. It’s not a mistake to talk about responsibilities but if you fail to mention the results and achievements you made then it is a wasted opportunity! Don't feel as though you need to remove the word ’responsibility’ from your CV vocabulary, just make sure to follow it up with what you did with that responsibility. For example: "I was responsible for monitoring digital campaigns through the use of strategic reporting. As part of this process, I was able to identify new opportunities which emerged, increasing our client retention by XXX % in 2020"
Create a Compelling and Relevant IntroductionThis is a tip on every CV advice list but it is always worth repeating. It is too easy to get complacent with your personal profile and CV intro, especially if you are applying for a lot of similar jobs. Do:
- Check your introduction for each CV you send
- Use keywords from the job description
- Confirm you have the essential skills required from the role.
Writing Your CV for ATS
Photo by Negative Space at Pexels.comMany big companies now are using applicant tracker systems to whittle down large numbers of applicants. There are a few simple things you can do to make sure you make it through the first scan. As we have mentioned in the section above, identifying and using keywords from the job description throughout your CV (think skills, qualifications, experience) will be a big help in the ATS recognising your document as belonging to a viable candidate. Avoid ‘overdesigning’ your CV with fancy fonts and borders as these can confused the ATS search functions. Check here for acceptable fonts and more tips!
Address any COVID DowntimeThis is inevitable. Most people will have experienced either working from home, a period of furlough or even redundancy during the recent pandemic. This is an ongoing part of life for many and has affected the career prospects of hundreds of thousands of people. You are not alone in this. Think about what you did with your time during lockdown. Don't be afraid to get creative with writing it up! Gaining qualifications, reassessing your priorities and even taking part in sports challenges can teach you beneficial and transferrable skills, so let your prospective employer know about it.
Writing Your CV Doesn’t Have To Take Forever
Photo by Cottonbro at Pexels.comIt always seems like a daunting process, but not updating your CV will just mean your hours spent sending CVs out will be wasted. Keep it simple, keep it relevant and don’t be afraid to state proudly what you can do and why. Digital jobs can take you all round the world and offer some of the best flexible opportunities. The digital world has with room for more growth than many other industries. If you’d like to hear more, and see where your CV can take you, get in touch today! We’d love to hear from you.
Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you love the idea of relocating to a warmer country? Would you like to work for one of the most successful media agencies in Australia? If so, you might be interested in our exciting new job opportunities. We have teamed up with one of Australia’s most successful digital media agencies to offer two fantastic digital marketing roles to UK residents. Australia currently has a digital marketing talent shortage, so there is a huge demand for skilled marketing employees to relocate. Media companies are currently offering extremely generous salaries and relocation packages for the right person. Agencies are particularly keen to see talented candidates with digital accounts experience. Does this sound like you? If so, here’s some more information about the roles.