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Bridgewater Club

Congratulations on your progress so far and welcome to Bridgewater Club.

We want to equip our candidates with as much knowledge as possible in order to give you the best chance of being offered your chosen job. Take a look at the resources available below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your personal Consultant.

Thomas International Assessments

We work closely with the assessment provider, Thomas International. Thomas’ assessments assist us in identifying the ideal fit for both our clients and candidates. By utilising Thomas’ key recruitment assessments, we can be confident in the likelihood that you will be placed in a role where you can be both an asset to our client’s organisation and develop professionally.

PPA Assessment

Thomas’ Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) provides an insight into how people behave at work and helps individuals to become more aware of their own work style and that of others. The assessment itself is very simple and should only take around 8 minutes. When completing the assessment you are instructed to think of yourself in your work situation. While you should think of yourself in your current/most recent role, it is also worth considering the role that you are applying for. You should not put too much thought into picking the ‘right’ answer, as it’s important that we get an accurate result. Your results help to establish what would be the right opportunity for you.

Please note:

  • The PPA is designed to identify unique behavioural characteristics.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Your response will highlight specific work strengths and meaningful information to be used when considering a candidates’ suitability for a particular job role.
GIA Assessment

About the assessment: This is a General Intelligence Assessment and is made up of five different tests:

1. Reasoning
2. Perceptual Speed
3. Number Speed and Accuracy
4. Word Meaning
5. Spatial Visualisation

The GIA is often an integral part of our clients’ recruitment process. It is therefore imperative that you speak with your personal Consultant before completing the assessment.

Test Environment: Make sure you take the assessment in a quiet environment, with no potential distractions. We advise candidates to use a mouse as opposed to a touch screen/pad. Plugging your laptop/computer directly into your internet router is also recommended over wireless for stability of connection.

Preparation: Take the time to thoroughly read through the GIA pre-test booklet. This tells you everything you need to know and shows you some examples of each part of the assessment.

Key Points to Remember:

  • You must answer as many questions as possible.
  • Speed is extremely important! There have been candidates who have failed this test in the past who were accurate but too slow.
  • Your results will affect your application.

Interviews

Making a Presentation

As part of your prospective employer’s recruitment process you may be asked to make a presentation. You should view this as a great opportunity to show off your communication and organisation skills. If you prepare your presentation properly, then you have nothing to worry about. We have put together some key steps to take when approaching and delivering this interview hurdle:

    • Step 1: Read the brief Carefully read the brief you have been given, highlighting key areas of what you need to include. This is something you should keep referring back to when putting your presentation together.
    • Step 2: Brainstorm ideas Get all of your brilliant ideas and any research written down on a page, this way you can see them before beginning to think about structure.
      Step 3: Plan a clear structure Arrange your presentation into a logical structure that flows naturally. You should introduce the subject, explain the points you wish to convey and end with a summary.
    • Step 4: Produce visual aids PowerPoint presentations or handouts are a great way to make your presentation visually stimulating, while adding to the subject you are talking about. Do make sure that what ever you use is for the audience’s benefit and doesn’t just become a security blanket/prompt mechanism for you. A visual aid should always add or complement what you are saying rather than repeating it. If you do use handouts, ensure that you have enough for everybody.
    • Step 5: Practise Practising will make you more prepared and confident on the day. You could practise in front of a mirror, a friend or a family member. You might feel a bit awkward, but saying your presentation out loud will highlight any problematic areas for you.
    • Step 6: Give a confident delivery Remaining calm, composed and confident in your delivery will help keep your audience’s attention on the content. Communicate clearly, articulate your words and try not to speak too fast!
    • Step 7: Connect with your audience Your presentation should be engaging throughout. Make eye contact with your audience, direct them to look at interesting visual aids and use a confident tone of voice to maintain their interest.

Handing in Your Notice

Firm Job Offer. You should not hand in your notice before having received a firm job offer in writing from your new employer or your personal recruitment consultant. It can be either in an email or a letter.

Letter of Resignation. This should be short and concise. Include the notice period you will serve and the details of any outstanding pay.

Resignation Meeting. We advise you to tell your boss face-to-face that you are resigning. Arrange to have a private meeting with them on the date you intend to start your notice period and confirm the date your employment will finish at this meeting.

Prepare for a Reaction. Your boss may be surprised, disappointed or even angry but you need to co-operate calmly and keep your reasoning in mind. You may receive a counter offer, an offer of promotion or be put under emotional pressure to stay so be prepared for these scenarios.

Notice Period. Always refer to your contract first. If your contract doesn’t mention a notice period then your statutory notice is set by law at one week for every year of employment to a maximum of 12 weeks. You may want to negotiate your notice period, especially if your new employer wants you to start within a certain timescale, this is best approached in the initial resignation meeting. You may be able to use any remaining holiday entitlement to reduce your notice period.

Request a Reference. We recommend asking your boss to provide a reference that you can take away with you.

Stay Professional. Conduct yourself professionally through all aspects of resignation, particularly when working your notice period. You should not bad-mouth the company or its employees.

Network. Plan to stay connected with your colleagues and employer. Pick up some email addresses or connect on social media because you never know when these connections may be useful in the future.

We’ve created a template to assist you when handing in your notice. Download template.

Referrals

We will pay you £100 for every candidate that you recommend us, who is successfully placed with one of our clients in a permanent role. This is because we believe in building good relationships with our candidates. We welcome applications from graduates, as well as experienced and skilled individuals. All you have to do is pass on our details and ask your contact to mention your name when they contact us.

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