Developing your commercial awareness, by being aware

When attending an interview, one of the things you may be asked is a question around commercial awareness. Recruiters will want to know that you have a genuine interest in the commercial world and in particular they want to know that you are passionate about their business and the industry they work in. Demonstrating your knowledge and … More Developing your commercial awareness, by being aware

5 minutes a day to develop your commercial awareness

Many employers are increasingly asking candidates interview questions pertaining to “commercial awareness.” They are designed to see if the candidate can demonstrate a general understanding of business acumen and how it relates to current events. For example, a candidate applying for a consulting firm would probably be expected to know some of the major “mergers … More 5 minutes a day to develop your commercial awareness

Commercial awareness: how do I show employers I have it?

What is commercial awareness? Commercial awareness is sometimes also referred to as ‘business focus’, ‘client focus’, ‘business understanding’ or ‘passion for business’. Basically it is about having an interest in, and an understanding of, the business world that organisations operate in. This includes: familiarity with the company (its customers, competitors and suppliers) knowing what is … More Commercial awareness: how do I show employers I have it?

Application forms – What recruiters look for

Be specific when answering application form questions such as “Why are you applying to us?”.  It is really important to avoid generic statements such as “you are a reputable firm, deal with top clients and offer excellent training prospects”. This can be said about a lot of companies, so is actually a poor response. Employers … More Application forms – What recruiters look for