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Four questions to ask at the end of the interview

Q: I'm always asked at the end of the interview if I have a question for them. I can never think of what to say. I'm generally dying to make my escape. Any suggestions? (EK, email).

Home is where the work is

Q: Twelve months ago, I was offered a new part-time job, two days a week, working from home. They would give me a laptop and phone; contribute to my broadband and various other perks. I’d always been a bricks-and-mortar type employee and I thought I’d never adjust. A year on, I wouldn’t change it for the world. They’ve offered me a third day per week. I don’t have a question; rather, an observation that if an old dog like me can learn new tricks, no-one should dismissing working from home without first trying it. (YJ, email)

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: “I am a qualified and experienced teacher looking for a permanent teaching post. I have subbed, filled-in and temped for two years now. I know I am a good teacher; I love my job and my students, but am always being pipped at the post when it comes to interview. What might I be doing wrong, please advise?” – AQ (email).

Should I include hobbies on my CV?

Q: I am doing my CV and my sister has my head cracked about putting in my hobbies. “I’m a bookkeeper,” I keep telling her, “they don’t care that I do a bit of acting and play football for the club. It’s not Tom Cruise or Harry Kane they’re hiring.” But, she is adamant. Should I take any heed of her? (DD, email).

Straying off the critical path can be fatal

Q: “I sat on the other side of the table last week for the first time – I was an interviewer. We interviewed seven candidates. Two did really well and clearly had their preparation done. They ended up being the clear 1-2. Two really didn’t have the experience we needed and you could see this dawning on them during the interview. Of the other three, two didn’t talk enough and one just went on and on and completely lost us. His interview lasted 45 minutes but felt like two hours. He finished behind the two who didn’t talk enough. I don’t have a question, just wanted to share that” – DC (email).

You’re the presentation – not the slideshow

Q: I’ve an interview for manager of a business incubation centre. They want me to present for ten minutes on ‘What I will achieve in the first year’ – but, and here’s the rub, they have stipulated that I can’t use PowerPoint or Prezi. Zero technology. How should I approach this? (EH, email).

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: “I come from the other side of the fence - I work in HR and sit on interview panels a few times a month. One thing that really galls me is when a candidate communicates with only one or two members of a three-person panel. I’ve seen engineers only properly engage with the engineer on the panel. It always annoys me and turns me against the candidate. Perhaps it is a topic on which you could elaborate?” - DC, email.

How to make your overseas experience work at home

Q: “I have been working as a primary school teacher in London for six years. I’ve worked in some challenging schools, to say the least – in almost every class, I had children from backgrounds where drug and alcohol misuse was rampant. Behaviour was a constant issue in those schools. I have got on quite well. I’ve also done some courses on school leadership. Now I want to move back to my home place in rural Ireland. I’m afraid that what I have done in London won’t really be relevant to rural or small town schools in Ireland, and that I should tone down my CV. Any advice?” (CT, email).

Clearing away the career change fog

Q: I’m thinking about a career change. Well, to be honest, I’m thinking about thinking about a career change. I don’t even know where to start. Can you give me any pointers? Before I even go to meet somebody such as a coach or career direction specialist, I would like to think about questions I should be asking myself. (IT, email).

Playing the waiting game

Q: I went for an interview with a company four weeks ago and they said they would get back to me by the end of the following week. I haven’t heard a dicky bird since. I’m getting anxious, even though I don’t have anything else on the horizon. Should I contact them? I don’t want to feel like I’m harassing them either. (PL, email).

 

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