Email or post your CV with a covering letter to us in advance. An S4 Consultant/Resourcer will be in contact should we have any suitable temporary or permanent positions. At S4 we interview all of our candidates face to face.
The full registration process which will include;
Completion of the online S4 application form
Competency based interview with an S4 Consultant
We will require you to have proof of right to work in the UK, this needs to be in the form of a valid passport or full birth certificate and proof of address, which will need to be a household bill/bank statement dated within the last three months.
S4 will require 2 references either copies or contact details, prior to placing you in temporary work.
Once you have completed the registration process, your S4 Consultant will discuss any possible temporary and/or permanent opportunities available.
It is important that our candidates are happy with our service and we always follow up our initial registration with a feedback questionnaire, this enables us to match our service to your requirements.
Once you have registered, we can provide you with:
We want your time with us to be both enjoyable and rewarding. Our benefits package is exceptional and includes:
S4 operates a comprehensive diversity policy and will consider candidates on their suitability and skills match for a role, whatever the background of the individual, irrespective of ethnicity, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or dependents’ consideration.
Research the Organisation
Preparation is the key to success. The interviewer is likely to look at your preparation for the interview as an indicator of how you will do your job, so make sure you research the company well, understand what they do and be able to show a good knowledge of the role you are applying for.
Become familiar with the company history, their purpose and goals. Good sources of information can be; Websites, local libraries (newspaper articles, other information), company brochures, Chamber of Commerce, personnel department, sales and marketing department, or ask friends if they know anyone who works there. You could visit a store, distributor or end user to gain more information. All organisations want to be loved and you have to demonstrate your interest, the benefit will be you can uncover any potential problems early and raise/discuss them with the employer at interview.
This adds a tremendous amount of credibility to you as a potential employee, it should also give you a very good fix on the company and their competition. Make sure the employer is aware of the hard work you have done by taking the information into the interview with you.
Travel & Timing
Plan your journey beforehand to ensure you arrive a few minutes early. Allow for possible travel delays. Just in case of a major hold up, make sure you have your contact’s telephone number or S4 Consultant’s telephone number so that you can call if you suspect you will be late.
Look professional – it is best to dress conservatively, with the main emphasis on the obvious – clean and ironed shirt, polished shoes. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression!
Open the meeting with a firm handshake, good eye contact and a confident approach. Take in a briefcase or presentation folder containing a pad and pen so you can write down points that you would like to clarify or raise later in the interview. You are showing interest.
You need to put together a brag file; evidence of your previous success and therefore likely future behaviour. This could include sales league tables, incentive plans, review/appraisal reports, referral letters or certificates. If you have achieved then take along the evidence.
Ideally you need to mix speaking and listening fifty-fifty during the interview, people who ignore the rule generally do not make a positive impression. Listening is an active not passive interaction. Effective listeners:
Give examples of your achievements, talk about any promotions you have been given, your length of service with previous employers and employee awards you have received. If you are being interviewed for a sales or account management role maybe talk about the new business you have won or the successful development of existing accounts. You need to be seen as a resourceful person rather than someone just looking for a job. You could pre-prepare a two minute summary on yourself (summary of CV) – that really sells your skills, experience and expertise and refer to the relevant part of the summary to answer questions. Give examples of your achievements, perhaps, new business wins or account development successes.
Prepare for the interview; think through all the things you want to talk about. Plan which questions you want to ask and how you will react to questions you are asked. Remember the interviewer wants to see someone who will contribute to their company success. Be clear about your strengths and how they will help you complete the role. If you are unclear about this before the interview, clarify it with your S4 Consultant. During the interview you could ask the interviewer what they consider to be the three most important aspects of the role; you can then discuss how your skills match these requirements. You want the interviewer to understand the contribution you can make to their department/company. Be positive and thank the interviewer for their time, it is often a good idea to write them a professional follow-up letter re-iterating your interest in the role. If you are unsure what to write, speak with your S4 Consultant who will be happy to help.
Do not talk about your previous Employers in a negative way: the interviewer will only worry that you may do the same to them. Think about positive things to say and make sure you are prepared to answer your reasons for leaving each role in a constructive way.
Clarify the Role
The interview process is a two-way street, the employer is trying to find out about you and you want find out about the organisation and the role. You will hopefully have defined the type of position you are ideally looking for, the things you want out of a new position and the things you don’t. It is imperative that you prepare some questions before the interview, write them on your pad and take them in with you.
Questions You May Want to Ask:
Questions You May be Asked:
ALWAYS give POSITIVE answers,
avoid being NEGATIVE
Closing the Interview
There are some key elements to bear in mind when the interview is coming to an end.