interview mistakes

Land Your Dream Job: 5 Common Interview Mistakes to Avoid

So, you’ve found your dream job and you’ve got yourself an interview. That’s the first bit all boxed off. But if the interview itself seems a little daunting, we’ve got you covered.

At Signature Careers, we want to help you land the perfect role, so if you’re feeling a little rusty when it comes to acing your interview, look no further for steps to success…

1) Forgetting to Do Research

Research is key when it comes to a successful interview. When you’re busy rehearsing talking about yourself, it’s easy to forget that it works two ways. You need to know your stuff when it comes to them. This simple factor could set you apart from other candidates with similar experience.

So, take some time to research the history of the company and keep an eye out for any brand values or mantras. How can you align with them? Knowing what the company stands for and what their foundations are can help you to tailor how you present yourself. This all gives you a fantastic opportunity to relate your personal qualities and professional experience to their values.

2) Feeling too Underdressed

These days, it’s not too tricky to figure out what to wear for interviews. But make sure you take a moment or two to double check. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. But what you’re wearing can help you with your confidence, so make sure it’s comfortable.

Taking a scroll through the company’s social media pages may help you to gage what sort of clothes current employees wear and what the culture is like. If it seems formal, keep it smart. But if it seems a little more relaxed, you may want to add some personal touches to your outfit to express who you are.

3) Not Asking Any Questions  

Though the purpose of an interview is largely for the company to see if you’re a good fit, it’s also a chance for you to see if the job really sounds right for you. And if you don’t have any questions to ask, you won’t find out everything you might have wanted to know before you started the job.

Not forgetting, if you don’t ask questions, you may risk seeming unenthusiastic.  If another candidate has prepared some thoughtful questions and shows more interest in the role, it could be that they’re more memorable afterwards.

4) Forgetting About Body Language

Body language says a lot. Though its a subconscious communication, it can be just as important as talking. In fact, your body language could be a deal breaker from the moment you arrive.

It’s important to remain conscious of how you’re presenting yourself, without giving it so much thought that it seems forced. The key is to relax, act naturally and think about the qualities you admire most when you’re speaking to others.

Using with your hands while you talk can be persuasive and engaging; it may also make you feel more in control and reaffirm that you know what you’re talking about.

In the meantime, eye contact is also a winning factor. If you can maintain a strong level of eye contact throughout, your interviewer will see that your answers are genuine and that you have confidence in yourself. Again, this should all feel natural. It’s not a staring contest!

5) Over-preparing Your Answers

Just as your body language should feel natural, so should your answers to questions. It’s great to feel prepared but it’s better to think of your interview as more similar to a Powerpoint presentation than a speech. For example, while presenting you may have clear bullet points to support you, but you don’t need to solely rely on them to carry on going.

It may sound a little too robotic if you’re relaying answers from memory. Plus, if you’re asked something that you haven’t prepared an answer to, it’s likely that you may feel thrown off and find yourself unable to think on the spot.

So, we hope you’ve found our guide to Interview Mistakes to Avoid useful and wish you the best of luck. We think you’ve got this!

If you’re looking to apply for a job with Signature Living, make sure you don’t miss our latest job vacancies in Liverpool over on our jobs page.

Signature Group Searches for Contractor Workforce in Belfast

Signature Group’s growth and investment in Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast is reaching a milestone this month as the search begins for building contractors.

The expansion to Belfast was a natural move after the unprecedented success of Signature Group in Liverpool and the recent conversion of The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff. With Crumlin Road Courthouse and The Scottish Mutual Building already in development, and several other landmark buildings in discussion, Signature’s dedication to Northern Ireland is being firmly cemented.

As buildings that have suffered from neglect and are currently in a state of disrepair, major work and renovations are needed to bring them up to the standard that Signature Group is known for. To help us with the task, we’re searching for building contractors to assist in transforming these buildings back to their former glory.

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Signature Group is committed to working with local people to sensitively and sympathetically restore these iconic buildings, as well as the future developments which are to be announced soon. Effectively executing this renovation requires contractors from across the building sector, including electrical and plumbing contractors, kitchen and bathroom suppliers, construction workers, specialist hotel technology providers and fit-out companies.

To introduce potential contractors to Signature Group, who we are as a company and similar projects, we’re hosting a unique, informal meet and greet at Belfast City Hall. The event is taking place on Thursday 29th June between 2 pm and 5 pm and local contractors are invited to come along and share their portfolios and experience.

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Lawrence Kenwright, founder and chairman of Signature Group, has always had an interest in the historical city. He has been keen to leave the Signature mark on Belfast for some time and believes the people and workforce of the city are a big part of what makes it so amazing.

He said: “One of the greatest draws to Northern Ireland for me was the outstanding calibre of its workforce and talent across so many industries.

“I firmly believe that Signature Living can benefit from the best of local talent in developing up to five new hotels here and am committed to working with local construction industry contractors and suppliers wherever possible.”

The Future of Signature Belfast

The purchase of Crumlin Road Courthouse was confirmed in March of this year. Despite extensive damage in the 20 years since its closure, the courthouse has a bright future for the first time in a long time. Signature Group is committed to investing £25 million to ensure the Grade B+ listed building gets the attention it deserves to become the benchmark for the hotel industry in Belfast.

The Scottish Mutual Building, located on Donegall Square South and Bedford Street, is the latest confirmed purchase and has been announced as the site for the much-anticipated George Best themed hotel. Basing the transformation on the highly popular Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, the hotel will be a fitting tribute to the Northern Irish legend.

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Both sites, and the sites to be confirmed, will feature Signature Group’s trademark luxury décor and high-quality furnishings and fittings.

Sympathetic Restorations

Signature Group has a talent for taking iconic and historically significant buildings and returning them to their former glory. With the unparalleled success of 30 James Street, the former headquarters of the White Star Line Shipping Company and the home of the Titanic, and The Exchange Hotel (formerly Cardiff Coal Exchange), we know a thing or two about maintaining listed buildings’ DNA and intertwining history and modernity.

Both 30 James Street and The Exchange Hotel were desperately damaged before Signature Group took them on board. They’re now the most luxurious and beautiful buildings in their respective cities and guests have marvelled at their magnificent transformations.

If you’re a contractor looking to get involved in Belfast’s most exciting new hotel developments, come along to the Meet Signature Living event on Thursday 29th June to find out more about the exciting plans and how you can get involved.

All attendees are required to register their interest by midday on Monday 26th June, email info@lanyoncommunications.com or call 028 9018 3242 to be a part of Belfast’s next big thing.