Michelle Hiseman of Realise Happiness yesterday gave a workshop at the Princess Royal to Ten2Two Hampshire’s members about interview preparation and techniques and how to match their skills to the criteria for the job, to significantly improve their chances of success.

Michelle is a professional Career Counsellor and CV Writer, with clients from across the world, who is dedicated to helping individuals find happiness and fulfilment in their work and career, and gain control of their lives. 

Michelle is a regular speaker at Ten2Two events, and her passion, knowledge, insights and helpful advice always hits the mark. Yesterday she discussed preparing mentally and physically for interviews, and offered suggestions on how to recognise and then answer competency based interview questions and FAQ’s, how to deflect questions about weaknesses (never use that word – always talk about areas of development!) and even how to deal with unexpected quirky questions such as describing yourself in one word, define success, and are you lucky (well, are you, punk?!). Michelle also guided Ten2Two’s candidates through pitfalls such as lack of experience in certain areas, and how to navigate through discussions on career breaks. Questions to ask interviewers, dress code and body language were also covered, and there was a long Q and A session afterwards. Many thanks to Michelle for all her tips and advice!

Ten2Two is extremely proud to be different from regular recruitment agencies. We are a specialist agency, and we believe human to human interaction is vital in our business, to ensure each candidate is the right fit for each role, and each role is exactly what our candidates are looking for. We speak to everyone that we put forward for a role, we discuss the role in depth and we always like to follow up with feedback. We work extremely hard to ensure we make the right connections between client and candidates – after all, it’s what we do, we love doing it, and our reputation is important to us.

We particularly love meeting our members at our regular events, listening to what they have to say, and hearing how we can help them. However, we often hear the common complaints that there aren’t enough quality part-time roles, and that potential employers often don’t see the value in returners as they are “too experienced” to employ. We understand too that the part-time and flexible job market can be very demoralising and that courtesy from other agencies seems to be non-existent. “Manners maketh marketing” is one of our philosophies – no one wants to deal with someone who is rude!

So if you’re looking for an agency with the human touch, we’re here to help and we really look forward to talking to you.

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