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Interview Basics

How to handle disruptions in an interview

During an interview you may experience lots of interruptions and oddities. A good interviewer will try and stop a lot of this but you might still be disrupted. This disruption could be people entering and leaving the room, conversations happening between people not directly interviewing, people stood behind you, people taking notes or any number …

Communication, Interview Basics

Don’t be negative in an interview

When answering questions be sure to remain positive. Try to avoid being negative about people or work. Hiring managers want to be wowed, not depressed. Hiring managers are looking for people who will bring positive energy to the business, not someone who will suck the life out of everyone. If you’re feeling a little tired …

Job Searching, Learning, Networking

Focus on these three things when searching for a new job

When job hunting focus on the following three core activities. I always advocate a similar amount of time for each one, but experiment with your own balance. The important thing is that you spend some time doing each one. The three main activities that you should be doing to get a job are: Building Your Network, …

Job Searching

Set realistic time frames when job hunting

It’s important to set realistic time frames when applying for jobs. We become impatient when we expect something to happen more quickly than it actually does. Job searching often takes longer than expected. Set realistic time frames and work within these. You’ll also get a more realistic time frame the more you apply for jobs. …

Communication, Job Applications

Use good email addresses when applying for jobs

One thing I see all too often is people using silly email addresses for submitting job applications. You know, like bigdaddy1978 or bestmummyintheworld1827 or Daz732. Every time you communicate you send messages and meaning to others. For most hiring managers, using an email like this, sends a very clear message – no effort. Instead you …

Job Searching

How to use Evernote for job searching

I had a fully detailed idea about how to use Evernote for job hunting, but it turns out someone else has already written a short guide. Saves me having to write it. 🙂 You can find the article here: https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/09/23/job-search/ In a nutshell use it to save your documents, career defining moments and anything else …

Communication, Interview Basics

Drawing isn’t just for kids – draw to explain in an interview

If you feel more comfortable drawing out an idea to explain it then go for it (assuming you have the facilities to). When I have a candidate who uses visuals, or other techniques rather than verbal explanation, I’m deeply impressed. I’m impressed because it shows they are able to walk through their thinking and explain …

Interview Basics

How to leave an interview part way through

I’ve asked to leave three interviews in my whole career. Here’s some advice on how to leave an interview part way through. Each one that I walked away from was for different reasons, but all of them related to the fact the hiring manager was being a aggressive/uncompromising or too formal. Once I was interviewed in a …