Interviewing is a nerve-wracking business. I've never met anyone who actually likes attending interviews, they're fundamentally a necessary evil on the path to securing your dream job. A bit like exams get you qualified or childbirth results in a baby, the interview is the unpleasant bit you have to go through first… almost like the test to ensure you're up to the challenge (given my choice I would rather attend 100 interviews than go through labour again, but that's a different topic entirely).
This is the inevitable question that you'll get asked in most, if not all, interview scenarios. From a panel's perspective it tells you a lot about a candidates motivation as well as any potential issues you may have with being managed. It can also be useful to determine if someone has no staying power. If a candidate has moved around a lot and cited "lack of progression" for each move, chances are as a panel that you're sitting in front of someone who gets bored easily.
Most people that I know have a good buddy at work – or maybe more than one. The person you clicked with on day one, or perhaps someone you didn’t know very well for a while but then you realised you had a lot in common and you became friends. Often you eat lunch together, you go to the pub together. You might even socialise outside of work, visit each other’s homes, go shopping together on a Saturday or text each other when you’re not in work.
For anyone who’s been to more than one or two interviews in their lifetime, you’ll be only too aware that this will be one of the last questions you’re asked at the end of an interview.
In my role as HR Manager, obviously I've had to do a lot of conflict management. It can be something as simple as one member of staff said something to such and such and they didn't like their tone, or it could be something more serious such as a racist comment or slur.
Most workplace conflict can be managed without having to go down a formal route, so here are my top tips for employees who are managing a conflict themselves and need a bit of a steer as to what to do next.
This is slightly away from the business of CV writing but I think it's worth putting out there that there will be times when, as a working mum, you may have to go to work having had little or no sleep. How does one survive such a day? It's one thing having had no sleep but being able to sit at home in your PJ's, but something else entirely when you not only have to put on (clean) clothes but you have to be productive and busy...and be fabulous at it, too
When I was about 18, I went to an interview and the lady interviewing me asked about my strengths. I told her I was very sensible and she asked me for an example. I said that even when I was on a night out and I was drunk, I was still sensible enough to find my shoes and order a taxi to get home safely. Needless to say, I didn't get that job and thankfully I now have a better answer for that question.
This post is basically for those of you who are returning to work after a period of leave. I deal with many women who are returning to work having been on maternity leave and for those women who want to return flexibly, making a request for it can be daunting.
Whenever I put together a CV for a client, I get ready to be asked a variety of questions. I love it when people ask questions as it means they’re invested in the process, they care, and it allows me to have a two-way dialogue with clients. All good.