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Short interview can stop you in your tracks

Q: Of all the various things that can happen in a job interview, what worries you most? What’s the worst sign of all? I’ve had some funny experiences myself lately on the interview trail and I’m just trying to put them into context. Thank you. (DC, email).

Exit interview question has

Q: I’m leaving this company after three years. Three years of my life I will never get back. The place is chaotic beyond belief. Rick Gervais wrote The Office, and I loved it, but Wernham Hogg Paper Company isn’t a patch on this place. Everyone knows it but no one wants to starts the change. The exit interview looms. I’d like to cut loose for the sake of the good people still stuck there. Should I? I’ve got a job in a similar company but one with a better reputation as a place to work. (DT, via What’s App).

How’s the form? Not as bad as you might think

Q: An Assistant Principal position is coming up in our school. I want to go for it. But I hear it will be a competency-based application form that could run for pages and pages – I’m not sure I’ll have the staying power for it. Anything to soothe my frayed nerves? (DR, email).

Ten gaffes to derail your job interview

Job search engine Simply Hired has just published research into the 10 worst things you can do in a job interview. They spoke to 850 hiring managers and enlisted some interesting views, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: I’ve to do a ten-minute presentation at a job interview in two weeks’ time – ‘how will you improve this company over the next three years?’ The problem is it’s my own job I’m doing it for. Well, not quite, but I’ve been acting in the position since my boss got ill eight months ago. She’s not coming back. I understand that have to go through a recruitment process, in fairness, but I’m finding it impossible to narrow down my presentation. I ran through it last night in front of my husband and, unbelievably, I spoke for 22 minutes. Any pointers? (RT, email).

Straight talk may have rescued epic interview fail

Q: I went to a job interview last week. Early on, it was fairly obvious I wasn’t the right person for the job. Although I have experience in the sector (hospitality), I haven’t the business management experience they needed.

My application form would take a week to complete

Q: I am going for a promotion in my job – it’s a public service position, Along with all my job details (i.e. dates worked, positions and responsibilities), there are another 12 sections in the application form where I’ve got to elaborate on what I learned, my greatest strengths, specialist knowledge, examples of self-development, where I showed leadership, how I make decisions etc. I’d want to take a week off work to complete it. Or am I missing something here? – (LT, email).

Seven tips for getting the best out of work placements

At Sli Nua Careers, we host quite a few people of various ages on work placement – 40-somethings on back-to-work courses, young adults in college, and Transition Year (TY) teenagers. It is always interesting to see how different people approach these placements, writes Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Show me the money, ‘cos I’m worth it

Q: I love my work – I get on well with my colleagues, I like my work content, my work is convenient to my home and it suits my home life. I do not want to change job, but I believe I should be paid more for all that I do at work. (EJ, email).

Six counter-intuitive things you can do in an interview

Ask questions. Seriously. “I ask the questions around here, not you” might be the smartass interviewer’s response. But the enlightened one will see questions as your effort to learn more so that you can use your answers to meet their needs. An interview should tend towards a conversation: in conversation, we ask questions. (Just make sure you ask good questions, but that’s another day’s column).

 

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