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How to nail an interview at Farnell Clarke

Posted 20/02/2018 by Amy Patterson

With an ever-growing business, we’re often looking for new talent to join our team. From trainee account handlers through to accounts managers, and everything in-between!

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:

  • Do your research by looking on websites, social media and google searches.
  • Relax in the interview. Farnell Clarke are really friendly and they’ll make you feel at ease.
  • Accept the offer of a drink at your interview, even if it’s a glass of water. It will help if you get nervous.
  • Have some questions prepared. Anything from business questions through to office life questions.

We are always on the lookout for talented staff that would be a great fit here at Farnell Clarke. If you love the sound of us and you’re keen to apply, pop over to our careers page for our latest vacancies.

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