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How to Prepare for an Interview

You’ve been scheduled for an interview with a potential employer… now what?!

Do Your Research

It is wise to find out as much as you can about the company you will be interviewing with. Review their website, social media channels, employee bios on LinkedIn, news articles or press releases they may be featured in, etc. Demonstrating that you taken the time to learn about the company and to establish why you would be interested in joining their team can go a long way. Write down any questions that may arise through your research.

Craft Your Responses

While you certainly don’t want to sound like a robot giving a speech, it is important to consider in advance how you will answer key questions. You want to be aware of talking too much and alternately too little. Find a balance between “rambling and oversharing” and being too conservative or simplistic in your responses. Paint a clear picture of your past roles, responsibilities, and achievements without getting lost in unnecessary details. Try to be positive when outlining experiences with past managers and colleagues as well as when referencing the reasons you are seeking new employment. Be careful about the personal details you share about yourself or those you have worked with.

Arrive Prepared

When the day of your interview arrives, being prepared will help calm your nerves. Try to get a good rest the night before and have a meal or snack before you leave for your appointment. Don’t bring coffee into an interview.  Print off extra copies of your resume and references. Find out in advance what your options for parking are and ensure you leave adequate time to find a parking spot. Bring a list of questions to ask during the interview along with a notebook and pen.

Follow Up

At the end of the interview, ask for a business card from the individuals you interviewed with. Within a day of your interview, send a note to each of them thanking them for the opportunity to interview. If you still feel interested in the position, outline a few key reasons you are interested in joining the company and highlight how you could contribute to it given the opportunity. 

If you’re looking for temporary or permanent career opportunities, contact the team at Platinum Recruiting to access our FREE services for job seekers!

Working with Our Recruiters to Hire Your Staff

If you’re new to having an external recruitment agency work on your behalf to find great employees for your company, here’s what you can expect when you work with Platinum Recruiting. We focus on opportunities in Kelowna and surrounding areas such as West Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon and Penticton

Temporary Placements

  • We work with clients who need temporary staff for any number of days, weeks, or months
  • Once we have the details of the type of temporary employee you are seeking, our team will advise on applicable rates. We only charge fees once we have successfully placed a candidate with your company.
  • Once we have a suitable candidate (or multiple candidates) lined up, we will present those options to you and you can advise if you wish to carry out your own internal interview with the candidates. When we present candidates to you, they have already been interviewed by our recruiters, tested for applicable computer skills, and reference checked. We can also perform background or criminal record checks by request.
  • Once you have selected a candidate, we will send you a contract that names the employee and their hourly rate. We manage their payroll on your behalf making it a very simple process for you!
  • If you wish to transition a temporary employee to a permanent role, we will work with you during that process.

Permanent Placements

  • We work with clients in a wide range of sectors to fill roles ranging
  • from entry level general labour and administration to high level finance positions.
  • Once we have the details of the type of permanent employee you are seeking, our team will advise on applicable rates. We only charge fees once we have successfully placed a candidate with your company.
  • Once we have a suitable candidate (or multiple candidates) lined up, we will present those options to you and will arrange interviews on your behalf for the candidates you wish to meet with.
  • In the final stages of the interview process, our recruiters will conduct reference checks as well as complete any applicable background and security checks or required skills testing.
  • When you are ready to make a job offer, our team will coordinate between you and the successful candidate to assist with contracts, salary negotiations, and other job details.
  • We do not manage employee payroll for permanent roles, this would be the responsibility of the employer.
  • We offer a 90-day replacement guarantee for permanent hires!

Start the Process

  • If you have a need for temporary or permanent staff, send us the details at [email protected] and a recruiter will be in touch. We have had the pleasure of serving the Okanagan business community since 1999 and we look forward to matching your company with top talent!

The Candidate Process

What to expect when applying to a recruitment agency…

Many job seekers use online job boards as their primary means of finding employment opportunities. It may not occur to them to visit a recruitment agency; however, recruiters can play an important part in helping candidates find a role that fits their skill set, experience, interests and career goals.

If you’re curious about the process of registering with a recruitment agency, here is what you can expect when you visit the team at Platinum Recruiting. Best of all, our services are FREE for job seekers.

How to Prepare

When you come to Platinum Recruiting, make sure you are prepared:

  • Bring your resume
  • Bring contact information for 2-3 professional references
  • We encourage you to dress like you would for a professional interview. First impressions count!
  • Allow up to 2 hours for your visit

Initial Meeting

This is our standard process for meeting with new candidates.

  1. Register with our friendly administrative team who will collect your contact information and details about the type of work you are seeking (temporary or permanent).
  2. Meet with one of our inhouse recruiters who will review your resume with you and discuss your current and future career goals.
  3. If applicable to the type of work you are seeking, we will set you up in our computer lab to complete online testing related to the roles you wish to fill. For example: Microsoft Word, Excel, or Accounting Basics.
  4. We will review your test scores with you and answer any questions you may have.

Next Steps

  1. Our team will check your professional references to learn more about you and your experience.
  2. For permanent employment placements, we will contact you regarding available positions you may be suited to. If you have an interest in pursuing the role we will present you to the client for consideration and if they shortlist you we will then arrange for you to interview with them and will keep you updated throughout the hiring process.
  3. For temporary employment placements, we will provide you with an introductory package that outlines what you can expect while doing temporary work, payment processes, etc. When a temp assignment arises that could be a fit for you, we call you with the details to see if you’re available- assignments can range from days, to weeks, to months.

Our team is here to help every step of the way and we love meeting new candidates! If you’re ready for a new opportunity contact us today by phone, email, or a visit to our downtown Kelowna office.