My initial telephone interview was very short. Having spoken to a very nice manager for this primarily IT oriented recruitment company for 15 minutes about why I think I would be a good recruiter, I was invited for a face-to-face interview at their office in London. Once there, I met with the same person who interviewed me over the phone. We talked about the company, the role I was interviewing for, and quickly drifted off topic into personal conversation. The "interview" lasted for about 1.5 hours during which I incorporated my past experiences to emphasize why I think I would be good for this position while a the same time keeping the conversation light and easy. The manager was impressed with my manner of speaking fluently and stepped out for 10 minutes to get a senior-manager who asked me some more direct questions including my language skills, why I would be suited for the role, what I have done in the past to communicate with people and what expectations I have of Templeton. Having interviewed on a Thursday I was invited to return on Monday for a final informal meeting with the owners. However, Monday past and I did not hear from Templeton until Wednesday when I was told that the owners, on Monday, decided to restructure the company and are not taking on any graduates at the time.
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The interview with Templeton was the most informal interview I had ever attended with no difficult questions being asked. The managers did not expect you to know about the companies history or philosophy but rather only seemed interested in how comfortable you are holding a conversation with people you've never met before.
Templeton are looking for motivated and easy going people. A professional,friendly and approachable manner seem to be the main characteristics Templeton and Partners desire.
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The company itself seemed rather small and the interview took place in a very small room 3 floors below the actual office space. The whole building appeared to be under renovation and the 12 employees were casually walking around with their wireless headsets. With a goal of breaking out of the UK recruitment market, Templeton employees spoke only English. I was told that my language skills, specifically German are of interest as they want to expand into the German market.
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