Posted 20/02/2018 by Amy Patterson
Of course, skills are an important factor when it comes to hiring a new team member however something that is equally as important to us, is the candidate’s personality. We’ve got a great bunch of people working at Farnell Clarke and it is vital that the new team member fits in well with our culture. We believe that skills can be learnt but a personality can’t!
Putting the above aside, our first impression of a candidate at an interview is important and recently, we were really impressed with our new client services trainee, Ben Wade.
Before Ben joined Farnell Clarke he was studying for his A-levels. It was through his college apprenticeship scheme that he saw the Farnell Clarke job advertised.
Ben says “I was attracted by the opportunity to become a qualified accountant within practice and learning some payroll while on the job”.
So, how did Ben impress us?
He knew Farnell Clarke really well. It was obvious that he had spent a lot of time researching the company and not just on our website. He’d focused on what type of business we are and how we operate. Perhaps this is something you’d expect a candidate to know, however he’d gone a few steps further. Ben knew the software that we use and had watched YouTube videos which had given him a good overview of this without us having to explain it to him at the interview. He also came prepared with any questions that his research had raised.
Ben’s research didn’t stop at the company and software, he also watched webinars that included our founder, Will Farnell, giving him an understanding of what the focus is for Farnell Clarke and Will’s passions.
We asked Ben if he has any hints and tips for any future candidates:
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