C22 newsletter

Catch 22 newsletters are a great resource for those in the facilities management sector, offering heaps of industry-specific news. The August issue, for example, features news on hot topics right now in the industry, such as BIFM's Professional Standards Wheel, C22's boost in technical recruitment and information on Matthew Taylor's modern employment practices report. Here are some short summaries of the articles you might read about in this month's issue.

BIFM's FM Professional Standards Wheel

FM’s foremost professional body, BIFM, has recently announced its launch of the FM Professional Standards Wheel. By gathering information from the FM Professional Standards, BIFM has created a wheel which aims to show those in the facilities management industry where they currently sit in their career path, making it easier for them to plan their next move or know what could be their next venture within the business. Not only is this a great career development guide for employees, it's also a fantastic HR resource.

C22 recruitment

C22 has been working hard on improving its technical recruitment and additional help has arrived in the form of new Divisional Manager, Paul McQuade. McQuade, with his 15 years of experience within the industry, will oversee the recruitment of Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality management professionals. It is thought that companies who identify qualified and experienced engineers and managers at the correct time find it vital to successful business operations, and McQuade's role is to facilitate this recruitment stage. The full article provides details regarding contacting Paul McQuade, should you wish to.

The Taylor Report

The Taylor Report, the brainchild of Matthew Taylor, is a report which has received lots of media coverage over its controversial ideas. The report examines how we work and makes suggestions to companies and the government on how to make businesses run better. For instance, Taylor conveys in his report that 'dependent contractors' should be introduced as a new group of workers, able to earn at least 1.2 x the minimum wage. Meanwhile, it discusses further employees' rights, such as introducing a higher minimum wage and having the government fund more holidays.

Finally, Taylor refers to 'cash in hand' jobs costing the economy around £6bn per year, stating that most people would like to know that the contractors they employ are paying their taxes. As he looks to the government to help in doing more good for the workplace, others are left wondering if his ideas will really work.

These stories, plus much more can be found in the August issue of C22, so don't miss out on your opportunity to read about these external, as well as company, issues and topics. Newsletters like C22's are a fantastic way to encourage communication, not only in raising stories relevant to the sector, but also in sending messages out to readers. Future newsletters will tell people what the company has been up to, acknowledge feedback or comments made by external and internal individuals alike, and bring subscribers industry news and ads which are relevant to the trade.

Tips to be successful in interview

It is normal to feel nervous going into an interview, but it is important not to let those anxieties affect your performance. Job interviews have a similar format, no matter what level of facilities management you are looking to enter, and they are ultimately your chance to sell yourself to your prospective employer. Follow these useful tips to ensure that you stand out from other applicants.

Be prepared

Before you go in for an interview, make sure you have done your research. This does not mean simply reading the job description, and you should put in the time and effort to read the company website and any blogs or leaflets linked to the business. Other things to think about in advance are what kind of salary you would expect and when you might be able to start, as these are things they are likely to ask you during the meeting. Finally, get yourself ready in plenty of time on the day, to ensure you look smart - first impressions are vital.

Develop a rapport

When taking part in a discussion with your prospective employer, it is important to show energy and passion, but not to come across as too confident. Display your personality by showing off your sense of humour, but reign in any inappropriate jokes - your smile is enough to show your positivity. Also, be sure to answer questions fully. Even if you need a moment or two to get your thoughts together, the panel will not mind. It is far better to stop and compose yourself than to blurt out a rushed response and then regret it afterwards.

Bear in mind body language

Trying to remember all of the things you want to say can be even harder when you are also worrying about how you are coming across. That is why you should think about your body language in advance, so that you are well-prepared and can feel at ease having a professional discussion. Never fold your arms in an interview as this creates a barrier, and do not slouch or lean back in your chair. Sit up straight when being spoken to and lean forward to show an interest. Using your hands can also be useful when making a point.

Be professional

When attending your facilities management interview, it is important to remember your manners. Shake the interviewer's hand upon meeting, even if you have met him or her before, and do not forget to maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Remember that the panel will be looking out for a positive and professional attitude towards work, so do not make the mistake of complaining about your current role or boss to them.

Tell them why you are best for the role

It is no good expecting your experience to carry you through the interview stage, nor should it be left to the interviewers to pick things out of your CV and make links to the position you are applying for. Show them that you understand what is expected from the post holder by giving them examples of when you have had to perform in a similar situation in the past. Also, reiterate key skills gained, wherever relevant.