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Marianne Wills

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Marianne Wills

Associate Consultant - Tax

I am an Associate Consultant here at Pro. Currently training across all sectors, Tax, Legal, Finance and HR.  I am really enjoying finding out about areas and I’m looking forward to joining the right sector for me so I can start building a strong network and provide a great service.

I have previously worked in the financial services industry which I believe has given me a lot of experience transferable to my current role.  During my previous work, I have picked up a variety of interpersonal skills and knowledge of the financial industry.    I am new to recruitment and can’t wait to get started.  

Outside of work you will always find me socialising, I love spending time with my friends and

Family, as well as meeting new people!  And,  if it includes sitting in a pub garden, even better.

I would love to go to Thailand and that is on the top on my bucket list.  

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marianne's articles

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My First Two Weeks In Recruitment - Marianne Wills

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In comparison to me walking into the office on my first day at Pro, to sitting at my desk on the second Friday here I feel like I have learned a lot already. I stepped into the recruitment world knowing next to nothing – seeing recruitment as simply finding someone a job, but not knowing the ins and outs of how you get to that stage. I have been in and out of different training sessions, learning about the recruitment process in its full circle and going into detail about the different skills and knowledge you need to know about each stage. Calling candidates has been great, speaking to different people and understanding their wants and needs for their career motivates me to match them with their ideal role. As well as training from everyone internally especially Pat and Ali, we have also had sessions given by external trainers. We had a session on how to write the perfect job advert with Lisa Jones., which gave us a lot of new ideas on how to attract people to our adverts. We have also had external training with Jim Atkins or Enabling Change, who came into Pro for two days. This session was with just the Associate Consultants; he gave us a really detailed look at the recruiting process such as following the “30 steps” (Tony Byrne) and also, the characteristics of a good candidate and client. This was so helpful as it confirmed what we have already learned but in further detail. It was great to get a fresh outlook from these two external trainers. From my interview and assessment day I already had a good feel for the company culture and, being here on a day-to-day basis has confirmed that it is a fun place to work where I can really see myself staying and advancing my career. Everyone has been really welcoming and helpful (and patient with my questions of how to do this and that). I am really looking forward to learning more so that I’m able to get my first promotion to Consultant. I am especially looking forward to having my own candidates in for internal interviews, going on client visits and really building up my own network. Hopefully, this won’t take too long as all the experienced consultants have been inviting me on their client visits and their internal interviews. I’m excited as I am picking up techniques and learning how to conduct a variety of meetings. If you're looking to make a move into recruitment, I highly recommend you speak to Loren von Sternberg, who can offer a great insight into opportunities available at Pro-Group.

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How to Handle Interview Questions Like a Pro

Posted by Marianne Wills

While the following list isn’t exhaustive, it will serve as a good starting point when it comes to the kinds of questions you will more than likely be asked in an interview. Where possible, we will always advise you as to what questions may arise before your interview. 1. What do you know about us? While this may seem like a simple question, the number of people we speak to on a regular basis who are unable to answer this will surprise you. Do your research. A great way to answer is to give a very brief overview of the area they specialise in and, how the legal team or particular department fits into the company or firm’s plans. If you have researched the interviewers you are meeting, you can tailor your answers to focus on their expertise and experience. 2. Why are you interested in us? While you may have answered what the company does, do not confuse this with why you’re interested in them. Employers want to understand what it is about their organisation specifically that appeals to you. Simply telling them you are interested in the sectors they are involved in, for example, is not going far enough. What is it about this company or firm that sits apart from their competition? A great way to show interest in a potential employer is to relate your interest in the work they do back to your work history and personal experience. 3. Why are you looking to leave? Be honest. While it is never wise to be overly-negative towards your current employer, if there are certain things you’re not happy with, you need to ensure you don’t end up in the exact same situation in your next role. Most negatives when phrased correctly can be framed as a positive. For example, if you’re unhappy because you haven’t had a promotion in several years, a much better way to answer this is to discuss the lack of opportunity for you in your current job to develop and take on more responsibilities. 4. Where else are you interviewing? Most people will ask simply to get a better understanding as to what timescales you’re working to. If you’re interviewing at several places, it’s better to keep all parties involved on the same page; it gives each organisation a fair opportunity to complete their process with you in a particular timescale. Furthermore, if and when an organisation misses out on hiring you, as long as you were honest throughout the process, you may well have the opportunity to revisit the role/organisation in the future should the chance arise. 5. Does your current employer know that you are looking? In the majority of cases, this is likely to be a no. However there are a number of reasons a current employer may well know this; the most common reasons tend to be due to a change in role, lack of opportunity for progression, an office move, the need for a new challenge if one cannot be offered or redundancy. If you are able to have a conversation with your employer, that’s great - if it’s a positive conversation at least you will know you are leaving for the right reasons. Potential employers will be impressed by such a positive conversation with your current employer, so do not be put off discussing this in an interview if the circumstances around it can be seen in a positive light. 6. What questions do you have for us? Ensure you have paid enough attention during the interview to ask related questions about the role and organisation. Having done your research beforehand, if you feel something has not been covered in the interview, ask for clarification. As well as the interviewers testing you, this meeting is your chance to discuss your responsibilities, the wider team and culture of the organisation, so make sure you leave the meeting with a good understanding of this. Matters to avoid are questions about salary, working hours, perks and a breakdown of the benefits package. While they all play into our decision making, you do not want to distract from the reason you’re sat there. These conversations can be had via your recruitment consultant and the HR department. Always make sure you have asked enough questions to know how you would feel if they were to offer you the job. For more information on this article or to find out how Marianne can help you with your recruiting needs, contact her on 020 7269 6319 or marianne.wills@pro-tax.co.uk.

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