Your recruitment consultant should meet with or speak to you at length
about your experience, reasons you are looking to move now, why you have
moved in the past and what you are looking for with your next career
You should be honest with your consultant even if it exposes skeletons
in cupboards. An experienced legal recruiter will have come across
whatever issue you are worried about numerous times before and will be
able to advise you appropriately.
Your CV will be assembled and options with one or more firms discussed
with you. Do not allow agencies to send out your CV unless they
expressly tell you the name of the firm they are sending it to. Some
rogue agencies will just want to mailshot your CV to all the firms on
their database. Do not allow them to do this under any circumstances as
it can have dire consequences for you further down the line. Insist that
an agency only sends your CV to a firm after they have gained your
express permission. The agency should then email you confirmation of
which firm(s) you have agreed for them to approach.
Your CV will be submitted to agreed firm(s) and the consultant will in
the days following speak with the decision makers within the firm(s)
with the aim of securing you an interview. With larger firms this can
sometimes take a while so patience is required!
You will hopefully be selected for interview and your consultant should
provide you with full details of the location of the interview and who
you are to meet. You should expect to receive further information about
the format of the interview so you can prepare thoroughly.
After the interview you should expect to receive feedback on how you
performed (this can sometimes take time if they are seeing several
people for the role) and whether there will be a second (or subsequent
stage) interview or not.
Once the interview process is complete it will become clear if you are
to receive an offer of employment from the firm. The recruitment agency
will handle the offer process for you and deal with any negotiations
regarding salary of package on your behalf.
You will then receive an offer letter. Your consultant will be on hand
to answer any questions or queries and will offer advice and guidance on
how and when to hand in your notice with your current employer.
You will then serve a notice period before leaving your current employer
and your consultant should be on hand throughout that time to make sure
that the transition from current to new firm is as smooth and painless
for you as possible.
Once you have started with your new employer your consultant will be on
hand during the first few days and weeks to make sure you get off to the
best possible start In your new home.