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Alison Bone - interviewing
Alison BoneLLB Course Director, University of Brighton Erica Bone HR Advisor, Wiley Blackwell
It is only in very rare circumstances ( e.g. entertainment, modeling) potential employers/agents can charge to find you work If they DO charge you for their services these must be set out very clearly explaining notice, withdrawal without penalty Anything you say to potential employers must be treated as confidential, although you may be asked for information to confirm your identity
Anything an employer says or writes during the recruitment process could be deemed to be at the very least a representation Statements made during the interview are likely to form part of the terms of the offer. Keep a careful note of what was said and by whom! If it is important to you try and get confirmation afterwards Similarly anything YOU say during the recruitment process must be true – hype is acceptable – but know where to draw the line
Is it relevant? DO include Maths and English GCSE + e.g. 8 others at Grade B and above. A levels/IB inc grades. Degree classification. Elective modules DON’T include long sections on hobbies, personal interests etc Work experience – what you did, where you did it, how long for Presentation – watch the lay-out. One font, simple and concise lay-out. Immaculate grammar and spelling
How long do you think I take to read your CV/covering letter? Covering letter – sometimes worth taking a risk….BUT humour is NOT advisable I realised from a young age my desire to be a professional stunt man would not be successful since my phobia of heights, deep water rafting, shattering glass, explosions as well as not actually being a man, were contributory factors Make social networking work for you Have you researched the company thoroughly? Check you have (a) a professional voicemail message and (b) a sensible email address
This starts from the moment you enter the building You can never be too smart – but check out the company website for hints Do not come empty-handed Remember you are now a serious potential candidate With or without outside help...
Keep your answers precise and to the point – let the interviewer lead the interview: watch their body language Be prepared to show examples e.g. websites you’ve designed, pro bono cases you’ve worked on – but make sure you refer back to the interviewer’s question Confidence and engagement are paramount But don’t be arrogant! Try not to regard the interview as a test Have some questions to ask – but only a few
Don’t badger them – even if you are successful it may take longer to let you know the outcome If you are given new information with the job offer think carefully – you don’t have to accept immediately Make sure your referees are informed Have vital information to hand eg planned holidays Feedback if unsuccessful?
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