Posts by Category: Interviews

Get Over It – Leave Your Baggage At The Door

Many jobseekers are looking for a new role to escape their current situation. Stories of bullying, harassment, personality clashes, blame cultures, difficult individuals, poor management and tough team dynamics are unfortunately not uncommon.

Such circumstances are stressful, upsetting and very uncomfortable for most. Yet as a jobseeker you really need to focus on moving ‘toward’ a new position rather than ‘away’ from an old / current one.

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Get Over It – Leave Your Baggage At The Door

7 Tips To Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

If there is one common theme I hear from candidates when they are looking for a new role, it is that everyone has both high and low moments, and central to all of this is keeping yourself motivated. Job hunting can be a lonely place a lot of the time, because under most circumstances the fewer people you tell the better. I have met candidates at both ends of the motivation spectrum over the years – people very low because they are unemployed and have been out of work for 6 months or more; and people who are employed, determined to move onwards and upwards with bags of energy, verging on overdrive.

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7 Tips To Stay Motivated During Your Job Search

Bringing back the Personal Touch

As I mentioned in my last post, the recruitment process today is unfortunately not just face-to-face meetings, they can incorporate personality & numerical tests, company specific tests, online case studies etc. As you are not meeting anyone in person to do these, you need to make it count during the interview itself and leave a good impression afterwards. So how can you bring back the personal touch and make it last ?. Very easily and simply in my opinion, both as a candidate if you have an interview, and as an employer once you have found the right person for your job.

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Bringing back the Personal Touch

Psychometric Testing and the Interview Process

Along with case studies, formal presentations and assessment centres, interview tests are another tool in the box which many employers use to find the best candidate for the job. Psychometric tests which this post focuses on can be divided into two main categories – aptitude & ability testing and personality testing.

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Psychometric Testing and the Interview Process
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Once More With Feeling…

Why do you want the job!

Please don’t tell me because it’s permanent and local. Of course I wouldn’t you reply indignantly and yet people do.

Imagine I just asked you what attracted you to your current or last partner? How flattered would they be if you said it was because they conveniently lived next door and offered you financial security?

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Once More With Feeling…

Questions ‘not’ to ask during an interview

Last week I talked about not criticising your boss or previous employer in an interview, not lying about your work experience and not being closed or non-engaging with the interviewer amongst others. This blog is very much an extension to that theme, and covers questions you should not ask during an interview (for a list of good questions to ask, see my blog here on the topic). I think this is a great topic to explore further as there is so much content on the internet about what questions are acceptable to ask, and hardly any about what you should not ask. Everyone wants to do well in an interview so they can hopefully secure a job offer at the end of it

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Questions ‘not’ to ask during an interview

With Size 5 Feet? What About Potential?

With everyone’s different visions the ultimate candidate takes on almost mythical proportions. My concern and reason for the post is around ‘potential’. The never ending requirement list loses sight of what the candidate could become and instead through the rejection cull, focuses purely on what they have been.

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With Size 5 Feet? What About Potential?

Dont do these things during an interview !

There are many things you should NOT do during an interview, and many questions I suggest you do not ask either, just in case what you say or do jeopardises the outcome. The list really is endless, but below I have highlighted some of the more important things you should definately NOT do during an interview. If you can think of any others, or have real life examples we could use, please let me know so that I can add them to the blog, or feel free to post them on our Forum. The more comprehensive this list becomes, the more useful it will be for everyone.

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Dont do these things during an interview !

Company Research – It’s not that hard, honest

If you happen to secure an interview with a company that is stock-market listed, company research is even easier in my view. I recommend you visit the relevant stock exchange websites as a starting point (eg The London Stock Exchange for UK companies or Nasdaq or NYSE for US ones). There are also more user-friendly company research sites for companies here in the UK such as Digital Look or the Financial Times.

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Company Research – It’s not that hard, honest