One of my favourite interview questions is: "So... Tell me about yourself?" I like this question, not because it's particular good or useful but because it's so vague that without prior thought and preparation it's sure to go wrong. It's certainly the best question to hear funny anecdotes of bad responses. "Yes... well... my names … Continue reading The interview: Tell me about yourself
In two situations that are relatively the same, why do two different people react in different ways? One responds having a meltdown and being unable to function.The other is unmoved by the situation and responds in a calm manner, handling the problem. The answer lies in the individual's ability to handle pressure - an invaluable … Continue reading Handling pressure: Lessons from the SAS
I read a rather interesting post that took a bit of a self-deprecating tone about blogging. Along with the feeling of insignificance that no one was reading their work, one of the authors concerns was that by blogging they were not contributing anything new. From what I remember of the post they even said something … Continue reading Originality
Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer? For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself - the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer - which in theory sounds right because I am showing … Continue reading One simple way to improve your job application
As a "professional" I am signed up to LinkedIn. At the moment the only function I can really see is to increase my connections, of people I once networked with in a professional setting. Essentially has become some sort of organisation Pokedex where I have to catch them all - or rather got to network … Continue reading LinkedIn isn’t working…
I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months. The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn't have any opportunities to move up. So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere. It never … Continue reading Vision…
I thought I would write about some pretty cool people who inspire me. I have been reading a few things about them recently. By some coincidence they also happen to have beards. Does a beard make a person cool. Who knows? Richard Branson (Business) Richard Branson is the sort of guy who can be loved … Continue reading 4 Cool Bearded Guys
Generation Z expect to be managers within the next five years? Wait your turn - it's mine! And Office Space is shrinking? Hot Desking is hard enough as it is. Soon the only free seat will be the toilet.
"See... you 9 to 5 workers will never understand the level of commitment of running a business" Said my friend, it was a dig that came out of nowhere - but it really pissed me off. Yes - my friend ran his own business but he was talking like he was Richard Branson or something. I … Continue reading The Road travelled
The iPad I was at a friend's house where he was proudly showed off a new tablet he got. "How much did that cost?" I asked He told me that he got it "free" as part of his new phone contract where he had to pay an extra £20 a month, which was said in … Continue reading What makes people buy?