Couple getting married

So you've created the perfect CV and cover letter, and you've secured a job interview. You've rehearsed answers for all the questions you're likely to be asked, and you feel confident and well-prepared. You arrive at the interview early and you're answering all of the questions they throw at you, but then you're hit with a curveball: "Are you married or single?"

It may not be the sort of topic you'd expect to come up in a job interview, but it's surprising how often interviewers quiz candidates about their relationship status. Is this even legal? Can an interviewer ask whether or not you're married? And what difference does it make if you are?

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Pharmaceuticals

If you want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, it may be helpful to look at some examples of pharmaceutical job descriptions.

Here are three examples from our pharmaceutical job listings - these job descriptions should give you a rough idea of what to expect when you're applying for work in this sector.

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HRS logo with LGBT pride colours

June is LGBT Pride Month, and while this year's celebrations will look slightly different due to the coronavirus pandemic, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions remain proud to stand in solidarity with LGBT people all over the world.

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You've found a job that looks perfect for you. You're more than qualified, you've got plenty of relevant work experience, and the company seems like a great fit for your personality.

So you submit an application, and you pull out all the stops: polishing up your CV, crafting a really strong cover letter, and generally doing everything you can to prove that you're the right person for the role.

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It's the job application to end all job applications, and as you click 'send', you feel more confident than you've ever felt before. You've nailed it. That job is yours.

But then...crickets. No response. A day goes by, then another, then another. Before you know it, a whole week has passed and you still haven't heard from your future employer.

How can this be? Don't they even want to INTERVIEW me? Did my application fail to impress? Has my dream job slipped through my fingers?

Woah there, chum. Don't give up hope just yet. Hiring managers tend to be very busy people, and it may just be that they haven't gotten around to you yet. Heck, some companies don't even have dedicated hiring managers - if you've applied for a job with a smaller organisation, your application may be in the hands of the managing director or another higher-up with umpteen other things on their plate.

Still, if you've been waiting for more than a week, it may not be inappropriate to chase up your job application with a polite follow-up email. Be careful, though: if you're too pushy about it, you'll jeopardise your chances of getting a favourable response.

If you're going to send a job application follow-up email, be sure to bear these tips in mind...

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Socially distanced video meeting

The UK's lockdown rules were recently relaxed, and while the government's coronavirus guidance still states that you should "work from home if you can", a lot of people have already returned to their places of work.

Of course, many of those workplaces look rather different now. To limit the spread of COVID-19, it's important for all of us to continue practising social distancing - that means staying at least 2 metres away from anyone who doesn't share your home.

READ MORE: Social Distancing in the Office

This rule has many implications for the world of work, and frequent team meetings are likely to be one of the biggest casualties. The current guidelines for offices and contact centres state that businesses should aim to "reduce transmission due to face-to-face meetings", as well as to "maintain social distancing in meetings".

If you're concerned that your company will struggle to achieve this, here's some advice from the team here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions...

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