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Advice, insights and experiences of all things interview-related, whatever format they take.

Fake it ’til you make it: Confidence & the Charisma Myth

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Consumer Confidence! by Chris & Karen Highland

Do nerves get the better of you in interviews?

Does the thought of networking or giving a presentation fill you with dread?

These are essential elements of job search and selection processes but are things which many of us find terrifying at worst, or simply uncomfortable at best. Confidence – or at least being able to fake it ‘til you make it – will help you excel in these.  In this post I share tips for improving your confidence, through the lens of behaviour expert and author Olivia Fox Cabane’s work on charisma.

As a Careers Consultant, confidence – or lack of it – is one of the things I most often see holding people back.  Whether this be a general lack of self-confidence, or more specific issues around situations like interviews and presentations; how we feel, think about and talk to ourselves are, in my opinion, the biggest influences on confidence. Continue reading

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Use the rule of 3 to give your career an Olympic boost

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Adapted from citius altius fortius. empathy2016. lviv. by Yaroslav F.

As something that I usually mention in interview preparation with students and graduates, I’ve been thinking about writing a post on the rule of 3 for a while. Being reminded of the Olympic motto, with its focus on aiming high and continuous improvement, this weekend prompted me to get it written.

The Olympic motto; “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, meaning “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, is one example of the rule of 3. Think how often popular phrases, soundbites from famous speeches or advertising slogans are comprised of 3 words or parts.

You can find examples in pretty much any area of life, Continue reading

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Variety is the spice of life: how to stand out from the crowd

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The Mimic and the Kids – Claudio Beck

This week, one of our Careers Consultants, Marc Steward, tell us why it important to show off your more unusual work experiences…they’re more useful than you think!

So what should a Geography and Maths graduate do when they leave the University of Leeds? Play bass in the Kaiser Chiefs, of course! Talk about stating the bloomin’ obvious! (I predict a riot with that statement!…I now predict lots of eye-rolling following that comment!) Continue reading

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How to create your own opportunities post-graduation

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Luftphilla – The Graduates

Karl Bilby from Pandle tell us how to take control of your career once you’ve graduated and shares some top tips for success!

When you’ve completed your studies at university, got a good degree in the bag and you’re ready to take on the big wide world, there is one thing that holds the key to your success and that is proactivity. There is only one person on the planet who can build your professional profile, expand your experience and make connections with all the right people and that’s you. So we’ve put together some expert advice on how you can maximise your opportunities post-graduation and pre-employment. Continue reading

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Video interviews

Video Interviews
In this blog Carrieanne Haynes of Pendragon discusses why employers use video interview.

Pre-recorded video interviewing is becoming increasingly popular amongst Graduate Recruiters, but why is this? It’s hard enough to interview face-to-face, let alone in front of a camera and record yourself!

In all honesty video interviews, arguably, give you more chance to secure your dream job as they provides the opportunity to paint a bigger picture of yourself, particularly though body language.

Video interviews offer complete flexibility. It takes a few seconds for an employer to send out a link for you to complete in your own time. No telephones, scheduled dates, times, and the interview can be completed from the comfort of your home. It’s great for different time zones as well. Continue reading

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How I got my job – Morrisons Marketing Graduate scheme

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Katie McCormack graduated in 2012, then worked for a couple of years developing her professional experience before securing a place on a graduate scheme earlier this year.  Here she shares her experiences and learning points as well as the experience of undertaking a video interview.

 

About me

I have recently gained a place on a marketing graduate scheme at Morrisons. I graduated back in 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies and have worked for two years since, which shows you don’t always have to be a recent graduate to get accepted onto a graduate scheme. Continue reading

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Video interviews:

So you’ve been invited to take a video interview? Wondering what to expect? Video interviews are becoming more popular as companies and potential employees become more tech savvy, so they’re definitely something that you need to know about. In this blog post, our Social Media Development Intern Chloe McDonald, tells you what you need to know.

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What is a video interview?

Firstly try not to confuse Skype interviews with video interviews. Unlike Skype, video interviews are one-way – there is no ‘live interviewer’. Continue reading

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