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FAQS

1. How can I register my details with you?

Registering with Mase Consulting is a simple process and takes less than 60 seconds.  All you need to do is visit the ‘SUBMIT YOUR CV’ page. Follow the on onscreen instructions and enter your personal details, attach your CV and click ‘SUBMIT CV’. Once received, your CV and details will be registered to our system and we will keep you informed regarding all suitable vacancies.  

2. I don’t have a CV, can I still apply?

You can still register your interest in a vacancy by selecting ‘APPLY FOR THIS JOB’ on the advertisement and clicking the ‘I do not have a CV’ option, however in order to discuss the role and your experience further with one of our consultants, we will require a full CV.  Please visit the Advice section of our website for a CV Template & Tips on how to put together a brilliant CV.

3. I’d like to apply for a vacancy. Is there an email address to which I can send my CV?

All our vacancies require an online application to be submitted.  This is an extremely simple process. Just click ‘APPLY FOR THIS JOB’ on the advertisement.  Follow the on onscreen instructions and enter your personal details, attach your CV and click ‘SUBMIT APPLICATION’.

4. When will I receive an outcome on my application?

Should your experience be in line with our clients requirements, one of our consultants will be in touch within 7 working days to discuss your experience and the opening further. If you don’t hear from us within this time period, unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 

5. If unsuccessful, can I apply again?

If you see a different vacancy advertised and feel you have the skills outlined, we would welcome your application. If it is the same vacancy, we would ask you to carefully consider how your skills may have changed in the interim to better match the role.

6. I have seen a vacancy on your website which I am interested in applying for but the salary information isn’t included in the advert. How can I find this out?

If the vacancy is advertised as a ‘competitive’ or ‘negotiable’ salary then this is a direct request by the client and therefore you will need to contact us for more information.

7. What is the closing date of the role as I can’t find this on the job advertisement?

Due to the niche roles we recruit for, there is no expiry date, however once 1st interviews have been organised by the client they are unlikely to consider new applications. If interested, we would recommend an application is made as a matter of urgency.

8. Is there any more information other than the job advertisement that you can provide me with to help me with my application?

Should your application be in line with our clients expectations you will be invited for a detailed telephone interview with us, we will be happy to provide you with further information including an official job description at this stage.

9. Can I amend my application once it has been submitted?

Yes, please resend an application for the role containing your new details or alternatively please contact us via the Contact Us form.

10. Can you tell me the name of your client, before I send you my CV as I may have already applied for the same position?

Unfortunately we are unable to divulge client details until we have received your CV and deemed your skills in line with our client’s requirements. However feel rest assured that your CV will not be submitted to any client until one of our consultants has gone through a detailed telephone interview process with you and given you more insight into the opportunity whilst also exploring your related skills and experience.

11. Why do you need to know my current salary?

As part of our initial interview we will ask for a breakdown of your current package as it is our job to ensure you fit within our client’s parameters.  This information will strictly remain between you, us and the client.

12. Do you accept speculative CVs?

Yes we accept speculative CVs, please send them via the ‘SUBMIT YOUR CV’ option on our website.

13. When are new vacancies posted onto the site?

We add new vacancies as soon as they become available, so please keep checking the Vacancies page for suitable openings.

Mase Consulting

Contact Us

Stonecross Place,
Stonecross Lane North,
Warrington,
WA3 2SH

Phone: 01942 725 479
Email: info@mase-consulting.com

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CV Template & Tips

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  • Use the format shown in the downloadable template below. This is a format we have found clients respond well to. It’s easy to navigate and gives all the key information required in a clear and concise manner. This format will work for the majority of professionals, however if you’re a creative or design related individual, we’d recommend a CV format that demonstrates your unique creative/design capabilities.
  • Do not write your CV as a story, it makes it very difficult to read and is extremely unengaging.  Don’t forget an employer reviews a CV for an average of 6 seconds before making a decision to review it any further.  
  • The template provided is adaptable; use your common sense when creating your CV. So for longer periods of employment you will want to include more information and for shorter periods of employment you may include less information.
  • The ‘Employment’ area of your CV is the most important for experienced candidates, as it’s often reviewed first by employers. It is therefore vital that all key details are listed, including your dates of employment, company name, job title, duties and achievements within the role.
  • Add a sentence or two about each employer including what products/services they offer. This will allow new employers to quickly understand the current and previous markets you have operated in.
  • We would advise avoiding the use of any internal jargon or acronyms when listing your duties and responsibilities. Make it relevant to a potential new employer.
  • If you are a sales professional, we would strongly advise including your financial targets and achievements, major project wins etc.
  • If you have a job title which isn’t meaningful to the outside world, we would suggest changing it to something slightly more relevant and meaningful to a potential new employer. For example: if your job title is Specials Quote Technician and you provide estimates for clients, we would suggest you change it to Estimator.
  • The 2 page CV rule is a myth.  Although it may be more applicable for fresh graduates with very little work experience, any experienced individuals should have a more detailed CV as this is your opportunity to sell yourself. From our experience a typical CV should be from 3-5 pages long.
  • Ensure your postal address, email address and contact details are up to date.
  • Ensure the finished CV is thoroughly checked for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. The majority of clients will reject an application should there be continual mistakes.

Interview Preparation

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Interview prep is vital in order to be successful within the interview process and stand out against others.  Some of the core areas to consider include the following:

THE EMPLOYER

Fully researching the business you are meeting is vital, as the majority of clients will ask “what do you know about our organisation?”.  The internet can provide endless historical and present information on the organisation you are meeting, but simply glancing at a company website and reviewing the basics will no longer make you stand out within a competitive market. Areas to focus your research on include:

  • The products & solutions they offer
  • The markets they operate within
  • Their competitors
  • Their unique selling points (USP’s)
  • Business size (turnover, employee numbers etc.)
  • Major project wins and successes

Don’t be worried about trying to memorise all the company information; most employers don’t mind candidates coming armed with a note pad of facts and figures. It should be written in bullet point format and be for your reference only. Try to avoid pages of information and stick to a maximum of one side of A4. If anything, we find clients are more impressed that candidates have taken the time to make notes opposed to just glancing at their company website.

THE INTERVIEWERS

We would always recommend you review the profile and background of the interview panel on LinkedIn.com prior to your meeting. This can be extremely insightful and allow you to understand more about the businesses/markets they have worked within and their personal interests. This will help you develop a rapport with the interviewers on the day.

YOU

No matter what level of role you are interviewing for you will find a large percentage of the interview will focus around you, your skills and past experience.  So although it seems an obvious area to prepare on, it’s one which candidates overlook the most.  

KNOW YOUR CV

Knowing your CV is vital, as clients will be keen to learn more about what interested you about a certain role, what you didn’t enjoy about the position, reasons for leaving companies, salary package, duties, achievements etc. It is important you’re able to give a good account of your skills and focus on drawing synergy between your past experience and the position on offer. Most clients are looking for related examples and will therefore ask scenario based questions allowing you to draw on your own experiences to answer.

JOB SPEC

Reviewing the job description in detail prior to your interview is critical. It will allow you to not only understand more about the employers requirements but allow you to tailor your pitch in the interview.  Naturally it makes more sense spending time talking about the areas of your experience that have the most relevance to the position on offer.

PREPARE QUESTIONS

Treat any interview as a two way conversation, to not only allow the employer to assess your skills but for you to assess if the business and opportunity is right for you. It is essential you are armed with intelligent questions that will make the interviewers sit back and think about before answering. For example:

  • Where do they see the biggest opportunities in the market for them to capitalise on?
  • What are the biggest threats in the market?

Questions such as the above can be extremely insightful and allow you to gain market intelligence and establish if the future of the role, their market and the business is stable.

INTERVIEW TIPS

  • Arrive in good time and ensure you are well presented
  • Listen to the questions carefully and ensure your answer is relevant
  • Don’t go off tangent
  • Lose or translate the internal jargon/acronyms of your current and previous roles to make it relevant for the prospected new employer
  • Most importantly be yourself and let your personality shine