Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of a job search. What will they ask me? With whom will I be meeting? Will there be any practical element on the day? How long after will I know if I’ve been successful? These are all relevant questions, and some of them might keep you up at night. Knowing this, we decided to give you a glimpse into our process so you’ll know some of what will happen before you even apply.
I was finishing my honours degree in Computer Network Management and Design at Robert Gordon University and knew that I had to get out into the workplace when my course ended.
While also using the traditional techniques of job hunting – recruitment agencies, trawling the internet, jobs pages in newspapers – I also decided to see where using LinkedIn would get me. I saw a post on LinkedIn for an opening at Grant McGregor that interested me.
After filling in the application form and submitting it, together with my CV, I was contacted a few weeks later by Paul, the IT Service Manager at Grant McGregor.
This was my first surprise – I was actually speaking to someone at the company, not a third-party agent who usually contact you. It was a really personal touch that I appreciated.
We arranged a suitable time for me to come in for an interview.
The interview was quite informal. They asked about my experience and why I wanted to work in the role. They were just as interested in me personally as they were about my technical knowledge. I felt really comfortable; it was more like a chat than an interview. The interview ended with them telling me exactly what would happen next – whether I was successful or not that they would contact me on Monday (I had interviewed on a Friday). I left feeling confident – I wanted to work there.
I arrived at the Edinburgh office and was met by Miriam, who was very friendly and took me to a meeting room where I was met by Paul, whom I spoke with on the phone, and Doug, GrMc’s IT Infrastructure Manager.
The whole approach was so personal – I felt a connection with those that I’d met so far, and I could see that there was care from the Directors down.
Sure enough, on Monday, I received the phone call to say that I was successful and that I could start in two weeks. I was delighted. Moreover, now that I have been here for more than 8 months, I can say that they’ve lived up to my original opinion of them – they, we, are a company of people who care. I am grateful that Grant McGregor has given me this opportunity straight from my studies.
Experienced Information Technology Support Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Active Directory, Windows Server, Networking, Cisco Systems Products, and Security. Strong information technology professional with a BSc (Hons) focused in Computer Network Management and Design from Robert Gordon University.