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Second interview questions and answers

So you aced the first interview… and they asked you back.

Great. You’ve made it to the second interview stage. Unfortunately, you’re not 100% how this will differ from your first interview, so your approach is simply to repeat the same things you said before, only slightly clearer and/or louder. Not so great.

While some interview preparations remain the same, there can be key differences when it comes to the types of questions asked by employers, and the answers expected of you.

We’ve put together a quick summary of how a second interview can differ from the first.
What is the difference between the first and the second interview?  
Whereas a first interview is generally used to test your personality and basic abilities, the competition intensifies when it comes to the second stage.

What an employer really wants to know now is what separates you from the other candidates, what your technical abilities are, and the logistics involved when it comes to a firm offer. This way they can more easily make a direct comparison between remaining candidates.

In addition, second interviews are often an opportunity for other key members of staff at a prospective employer to meet and question a shortlist of [...]

#GiveBenAJob hashtag leads to three offers for Ben Small

Twitter appeal went viral after being launched by Ben’s stepmum Fiona.
Liverpool jobseeker Ben Small is considering offers from three potential employers after a heartwarming Twitter #givebenajob campaign to find him a job.

An appeal on behalf of Ben, from Kensington, has reached thousands of people across the world after it was launched by his stepmum Fiona Hodge using the hashtag #GiveBenAJob

Ben, 26, who has Down’s Syndrome, has struggled to find a paid job despite having an NVQ in catering and completing work experience with big chains.

His dad Mike said he had now narrowed down his search to three firms – Costa Coffee at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, family-run Wilson’s Kitchen in Old Swan and a school for young people with autism.

He said: “These three look quite promising and Fiona has sent off Ben’s CV to them. We’re really pleased.

“Obviously at the end of the day it’s Ben’s choice but at least he has a hell of a lot more options than he did before this.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will have a job within the next few weeks. Ben is a good worker. He just gets on with it and he enjoys it.

“A job is what [...]

March 19th, 2015|Industry News, Latest News|

Minimum wage to rise by 20p to £6.70 per hour – the biggest since 2008

More than 1.4m low paid workers will get a pay rise of three per cent in October, when the national minimum wage will increase to £6.70 an hour.

The move, to be confirmed in the Budget tomorrow, will ensure the biggest inflation-plus increase since 2008. Inflation is currently running at 1.1 per cent. Ministers hope the generous rise will help to generate a “feelgood factor” before the May general election.

The rise, from the current £6.50 an hour, was recommended last month by the independent Low Pay Commission. But the Government has angered business by approving a 20 per cent increase in the minimum rate for apprentices, which will go up from £2.73 to £3.30 an hour. The commission had proposed only a 2.6 per cent rise to £2.80 an hour.

Minimum pay for 18 to 20-year-olds will go up by three per cent to £5.30 an hour in October, while 16 to 17-year-olds in work will get a two per cent increase to £3.87 an hour.

David Cameron said the move showed the Government is on the side of hardworking taxpayers. “It will mean more financial security for Britain’s families; and a better future for our country,” he said.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy [...]

March 19th, 2015|Industry News, Latest News|

Number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance falls again across Merseyside

Office for National Statistics says Liverpool city region claimant count fell by 530 from January to February
March 18th, 2015|Industry News|

Unemployment continues to fall across Liverpool City Region

Region follows national trend that shows jobless figures down to seven-year low.
February 18th, 2015|Industry News|

Why No interviews?

If you’ve been applying to hundreds of job positions and still haven’t yet secured a position, you might be doing something wrong. Don’t feel glum, the good news is you can fix this! First of all, let’s explore the possible reasons why you haven’t been getting the job!

You’re attributing everything to luck

You just faced another rejection. “Is me,” you might think.  Well, if you keep getting rejected, you could potentially be at fault. First, stop blaming it on luck, and work on amping up your interview skills and CV. The job market may be bad, but there are still people around you getting jobs. Talk to and learn from them. Figure out how to place yourself in the best position possible so that when an opportunity comes along, you’ll be a prime candidate. And perhaps the hiring manager can give you honest feedback on why you didn’t get the job. It’s rare, but it happens!

You’re careless

Typos and poor grammar in your CV , not doing research on the company before your interview — these are some careless mistakes that can easily nix you as a candidate. I’ve prepped with friends who say they are well prepared but still make [...]

February 12th, 2015|Helpful Tips, Industry News|

Society puts trainee minimum salary back on agenda

Junior lawyers are to revive the campaign for a minimum salary for trainees – with the help of the Law Society.

The regulatory minimum, of £18,590 per year for training contracts based in central London and £16,650 for those outside the capital, was abolished last year. Since then, employers have been required to pay only the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour.

Max Harris, chair of the Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), told the division’s annual dinner on Saturday that the minimum trainee salary was one of four areas where the JLD would be focusing a lot of its attention this year.

Harris said that the law is a unique sector because many trainees have to begin repaying the cost of their LPC, which averages £11,500, from the start of their training contact.

‘The national minimum wage does not take these repayments into account. This causes great difficulties from a social mobility perspective, with individuals who are unable to rely on parenting support being stifled (at least in part) from entering the profession.’

The JLD is working with Chancery Lane with a view to a recommended minimum salary being issued in July. The recommendation would not be enforceable. Instead, it would provide a [...]

ACS Recruitment at January

January is a busy month for all, even more so for recruiters!!

We appreciate the time and effort to all candidates that have applied for our  vacancies over Christmas and in the New Year. We normally do try to contact all candidates within 2 working days of an applicable being made, however, we have been inundated with CV’s and would appreciate if you would bear with us whist we contact you all as it is taking longer than expected.

Again, Thank you and we will try our hardest to contact you as quick as possible- Happy New Year!


By now you should all have your time sheets prepared your timesheets!! However…

W/C 22/12/14 we need your hours in by 12pm Tuesday 23rd. If you are working Christmas Eve, you need to include these hours on this time-sheet (in advance).

If you have followed the correct submission dates, all Candidates will be paid on Christmas Eve!

You will be paid again New Years Eve- 31st

ACS Office Christmas Hours

The office will close for Christmas Tuesday 23rd and reopen Monday 29th. We will then close again 30th and resume business on Friday 2nd. However, Steph and Gabriella will have access to emails, if you have any urgent enquires.



People claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Merseyside falls

Office for National Statistics figures shows claimant count in the six local authority areas of the Liverpool city region fell by 2,317
December 17th, 2014|Industry News|

Recruitment at Christmas

Note to all job seekers!

There is a misconception that employers stop recruiting over Christmas period and leave it till the New Year- this is completely untrue. Many of our clients keep recruiting right through the holiday season.

You may well be winding down for the Christmas break, but this makes it a great opportunity for recruitment. You will perhaps have a little more available time in which to focus on the recruitment process, and less day-to-day pressure means it’s an ideal time to ease yourself into the business and be trained in readiness to hit the ground running in January.
Job seekers also maybe put off if they have no more annual leave left- but no need to worry, as office business tends to slow down during the festive period! Potential employers are more willing to interview out of hours if candidates are looking to start now or in the New Year.

So! If you are currently thinking about looking for that new opportunity, email a copy of your CV and one of our consultants would be more than happy to assist you find that right role, and help you start your New Year with fresh new start.

[email protected]


Digital law firm created to meet growing demand

A  solicitor has created what he claims is the UK’s first firm dedicated to digital law.

Peter Wright founded DigitalLawUK, based in south Yorkshire, after dealing with millions of online documents for a miners’ case he was involved with at a previous firm.

The increasing need for advice on online security inspired him to create the firm with his wife Heather Anson, a US attorney. The firm advises on data protection, copyright, social media policies and freedom of information.

‘A lot of companies know they have to be careful with data, but don’t really understand all the complexities of the law,’ said Wright. ‘You can have the IT department saying one thing, HR another, marketing something else and the legal team caught in the middle, and the risks are not taken seriously.

‘We can come in and look at it all as a whole and work out exactly what is going on and make sure everything is legally compliant. The alternative can be fines and damage to reputation.’

Wright said companies are having to find ways of staying compliant in the midst of rapid technological change. Other aspects, such as social media policies included in employment contracts, are prone to change and are still [...]

October 29th, 2014|Industry News|

Claims Team Leader

We are looking for an experienced Claims Team Leader to join a busy Wirral based firm of Solicitors.
September 8th, 2014|Industry News, Job Vacancy 2016|

Merseyside claimant levels fall 4.45%

Claimant levels across Merseyside fell 4.45% last month, from 35,188 people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in July last year, to 33,619 last month.

All six Merseyside regions reported a drop in claimant levels, with Liverpool enjoying the biggest fall of 523, from 14,206 in July 2013.

Sefton enjoyed the second biggest drop of 369, from 5,220 claimants this time last year, followed by Wirral which was down by 298 from 5,510. Halton reported a 137 reduction, from 2,663, while Knowsley’s level fell by 125 from 3,760, and the St Helens level of 3,712 showed a drop of 117.

The fall in the number of claimants mirrored the national picture, revealed by the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today.

It said unemployment has continued to fall, while the number of people claiming JSA is on course to dip below a million for the first time in six years.

The UK jobless total was 2.08 million in the quarter to June, down by 132,000 on January to March and the lowest since the end of 2009, giving an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

The claimant count fell for the 21st month in a row in June, by 33,600 to 1.01 million, according to [...]

August 13th, 2014|Industry News, Latest News|

Sloppy cut-and-paste CVs costing graduates top jobs

Sloppy cut-and-paste CVs costing graduates top jobs: Employers struggling to fill vacancies due to glut of poor applications

Research found applicants pasting wholesale from previous attempts
Sometimes the graduates mixed up which company they were applying to
Findings come from employers including Procter & Gamble and Rolls-Royce

After years of study at elite universities, you could presume that our brightest students would emerge knowing how to apply for a job.

But top employers are struggling to fill graduate vacancies due to a glut of sloppy applications. A leading recruiter said students about to leave university take a ‘scattergun’ approach to sending out CVs rather than properly researching each position they apply for.

Some simply cut and paste paragraphs between cover letters, and even mistakenly refer to rival companies.

They do not always understand the basic requirements of the job they are applying for or even what the role involves.

This is despite the fact that many applications are from final year students at leading universities who are expected to achieve at least a 2:1 degree.

Research carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters – which represents leading firms including Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rolls-Royce UK – has cast doubt on the calibre of today’s [...]