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For some reason this rather ordinary and reasonable question at the end of an interview seems to be a rabbit in the headlights moment for many candidates.
You know you have questions. One week ago when they invited you over you knew that you would be asked this question and here is that anticipated moment…….. and suddenly all is blank.
Okay let me begin with one simple thought - each and every second that you are at the interview from hello to goodbye is part of the selection process!
When I wrote the bit in bold above I was thinking does this calm the reader down or add to her/his fears further. However I think it is always better to know what you are up against (after all the creak under the stairs is far scarier than Frankenstein’s monster blundering around your garden) and … Read More »
We live in a world of acronyms – take the innocent looking letters FSA. Any banker will tell you that the letters are for the Financial Services Authority but your local restaurateur will know that the letters are for the Food Standards Agency. Both would be right. In the USA there are no less than 4 Government agencies who use the letters FSA.
Outside Government these letters could stand for the Footbaall Supporters’ Association; Full Speed Ahead (a bike components manufacturer); The Fire and Security Association; The Foundation for Sports and the Arts; Findlay Steele Associates, and there are many more. That was just from Google’s first two pages. In fact Findlay Steele’s web page even helpfully explains first what they are not (swine flu advice) before having to explain what they actually do.
Unless you work for Microsoft or some similar well … Read More »
In all honesty this is a misleading title. What it should really say is “getting your CV noticed for the wrong reasons”
Common mistakes and all leave the reader with a less than positive impression:
Plastic folders – irritating and thrown away immediately. Save yourself the cost both on stationery and postage. Perhaps not so relevant with emailed CV’s these days but I still get them.
Coloured paper – either by post or worse still by email where my printer has to turn white paper into another colour – gold was one recent example. The impression was not one of “oh how precious” just “will the ink cartridge last it out”.
Eccentric type faces – arial, times roman, calibri etc all fine. Gothic bold script might be cool for horror movie posters and copperplate for wedding invitations but not for your CV. Oh and black … Read More »
Curriculum Vitae (plural Curricula Vitae) or CV for short; resume or personal details – whatever you might call this document – that summarises your skills, experience, education and training – has only once job – TO GET YOU AN INTERVIEW.
In the last 25 years I have read tens of thousands of these documents on behalf of clients and so can give a fairly reliable insight, I hope, as to what I want to see and what I find frustrating.
I will deal with make some suggestions on how you might tweak your CV to your further advantage still (achievements, overviews etc) in another post, but this one is about the basics and a check list for you to review your own.
Some of this might seem, well, stating the obvious, but I assure you the obvious seems to escape many – including … Read More »
IF there was only one piece of advice I could give anyone going to interview – whether it be a seasoned candidate or a young person going for a first job or Uni place – it is just two words: be yourself.
As always with simple advice, though, there is far more to this than meets the eye so I urge you to read on.
Perhaps you are reading this at home or maybe on an iPad in the local coffee shop and wondering what sort of advice is “be yourself” – who else are you ever going to be?
This has two parts.
Firstly: have you ever been on the radio or even filmed on TV? The first time for me was on, the now defunct, BBC Radio Gwent back in 1986 speaking on behalf of a Government Minister. It was a recorded interview … Read More »
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