The interview: Tell me about yourself

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

Get your application right: playing notes in the right order

Get your application right: playing notes in the right orderIn the United Kingdom, there is an old school comedy duo called Morecambe and Wise.One well known sketch is antics with composer André Previn, the jist is Eric Morecambe forces himself onto the orchestra and rather than playing the classical piece André is composing, he starts … Continue reading Get your application right: playing notes in the right order

How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

A common question asked at interviews is "What is your strength and what is your weakness?" I have heard a number of methods for answering this question and thought I would focus onthe second part of this question as usually people are quite good about talking about a particular area that they excel in. The … Continue reading How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

Office Etiquette – It’s ok to…

Saw this kicking about. Thought it was nice reassurance for working in an office to show that doing these things are ok...

….And influence people

I find this a useful infographic to remind on all the main lessons in the book How to Win Friends and Influence people. In reflection, now that I have read the book I don't want to have to keep going back to reading the book I just don't have the time to read the same stuff … Continue reading ….And influence people

How to win friends and influence people

I have recently read the book How to Win Friends and Influence People - a book that is probably one of the most famous self-improvement books ever published. From reading a number of self-improvement or business books, at some point How to Win Friends... is usually referenced at some point, but despite this I had never bothered … Continue reading How to win friends and influence people

How to be social

I am not a social butterfly. But I have noticed when people are better at being social at gatherings than others.  These are people I usually prefer to talk to. Be interesting If all you have to talk about is your work, a relationship or your dog then it will soon get boring.  The best … Continue reading How to be social

Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

As I try to make my way up the career ladder I have found the support of others is essential.  I really do miss having a good mentor to coach me and call me out on any bullshit though. I have a number of experiences of 'mentors'  - one was good, one was bad. Good Mentor … Continue reading Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

What can Fight Club teach about life?

I love Fight Club, it is my favourite film and a great piece of fiction.  I think it has many relevent teachings for life. Reading for the first time, I was influenced by the book so much I thought "what the hell am I doing with my life." Upon repeat watching and reading of Fight … Continue reading What can Fight Club teach about life?