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

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Handling pressure: Lessons from the SAS

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

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

The sense of it all

My dad joked when my daughter was born "Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements" It was a statement I couldn't help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague. The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited … Continue reading The sense of it all

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...

Fearing the future

Ricky the temp is being his usual sassy self.  I am in an adult job now, but his bitchy manner to me feels like bullying.  All because I don’t want to divulge my sex life at work. For some reason he uses this as an opportunity to have a dig at me at every opportunity.  Normally a temp would … Continue reading Fearing the future

How I make the most of time

It was a regular Wednesday morning - where I always get the train to work.  The only difference was that my alarm did not go off. With 20 minutes to get ready it was a difficult task to get the train - usually it takes me at least 20 minutes alone to get ready! Almost … Continue reading How I make the most of time

I used to be angry

I used to be angry But then I thought "What do I have to be angry about?" I live in one of the most privileged countries in the world. My home is safe from natural disaster and hostile people. I have an education that was free till I was 18, then I had the choice to … Continue reading I used to be angry

….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