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Should you accept a Counter Offer?
In a buoyant market, employers sometimes have to go the extra mile to ensure they retain their best staff, so it’s becoming more likely that employees will receive a counter offer when they hand in their resignation. Whether or not you choose to accept this offer, is a difficult and important decision.
The most important thing to remember when being presented with a counter offer is why did you want to leave in the first place? If it was due to a lack of career progression, the hours being worked or the possibility of a more exciting opportunity elsewhere, then a higher salary will not erase your concerns.
It is also worth considering why your employer is making a counter offer. Your employer is obviously keen to retain you, but is that because hiring and training a new member of staff will be more costly? Something had made you unhappy enough to look for and then accept another role, a financial increase may not be the solution. Do be aware that if you accept the counter offer you may be a long time before you receive a pay rise and your employer’s expectations of your performance will be raised considerably if they believe they are paying you over and above their standard salary.
The final point to note is whether you would have received the offered pay rise if you hadn’t resigned – and if not, should it have taken such an extreme measure as resigning for your employer to recognise your worth?
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Questions in a competency-based interview are used to assess the specific competencies of an individual, as opposed to relevant work experience. Whilst these questions will still cover a candidate’s experience, the interviewer will be trying to ascertain if they have a particular set of skills which will be of benefit to the role and the company as a whole. Candidates will be asked for real life examples of situations they have been in which will demonstrate their behaviour type and indicate how they may react in future work scenarios.
A typical question could be “Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict within a team.” Your response can be about a professional work scenario or an example from a personal situation, such as university or a hobby. By asking this question, the interviewer is looking to understand your team skills and your ability to manage conflict, both of which may be crucial to the role you are interviewing for.
The best way to prepare for a competency-based interview is to study the job description and identify the main competencies and then think of real examples that demonstrate your experience and capabilities in these areas. Find some relevant practice questions online, or ask your recruitment agent for relevant questions, and prepare your potential answers in advance. Try and vary the scenarios you use as examples, as this will demonstrate the breadth of your experience and will give the interviewer more material to consider.
Please do look out for the Business Panel section of the Jersey Evening Post on a Wednesday as Andrew Baudains is part of the Panel. In this article we look at how you can make that all important first impression at interview.
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it’s important to appear confident and self-assured when you meet your interviewer for the first time. By arriving a few minutes early, you give yourself the opportunity to relax slightly before your meeting and to compose yourself if the nerves are getting to you. Also, dress to impress – make sure you are appropriately dressed for the environment you are looking to work in, this will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are taking the role (and yourself) seriously. Another important thing to remember is to smile! The interviewer is wondering how you will fit into their company and into the team you’re hoping to join, so a friendly face will help start the interview positively. Do your homework – make sure you’ve researched the company and the person(s) interviewing you. If you understand where they fit into the business, you can make your questions more specific to them, which will further reinforce your interest in the role and create a good impression. Finally, and it should go without saying, switch your mobile phone to silent. The last thing you want on meeting your potential future boss for the first time is for your phone to start ringing! Put it on silent and put it in your pocket as soon as you walk into the building, now is the time to focus on your interview and not Facebook!
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