Job interview questions (the new type) – hypothetical situational questions

A new type of job interview question is gaining popularity – hypothetical or situational questions. Competency-based interviews have long been the preferred method of job interviews for large employers, but I’m finding my clients reporting hypothetical or situational questions being asked more often in their interviews.

Here are my tips on preparing for a job interview which includes situation-based questions. Continue reading “Job interview questions (the new type) – hypothetical situational questions”

Returning to work after parental leave

In this third and final blog in the series, Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent, talks us through her tips about a smooth return to work after parental leave.

Charlotte works to help parents reconnect with their unique strengths, building their confidence and self-worth. She also works with organisations who want to make a positive difference to people by supporting their teams as their families grow. As a parent herself who had a corporate career in recruitment and coaching, she is passionate about the skills and abilities parents bring to the workplace.

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How to stay connected during parental leave

We’re continuing this series of blogs about taking parental leave with this insight into how to stay connected while you’re off.

I personally found this quite challenging when I took my second maternity leave so I was delighted to be able to get the inside track from Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent.

Charlotte works to help parents reconnect with their unique strengths, building their confidence and self-worth. She also works with organisations who want to make a positive difference to people by supporting their teams as their families grow. As a parent herself who had a corporate career in recruitment and coaching, she is passionate about the skills and abilities parents bring to the workplace. Continue reading “How to stay connected during parental leave”

Preparing to take parental leave – what you need to know

Plenty of people take career breaks to grow, care for, or support their family, but the whole process is fraught with concerns, assumptions and preconceptions.

I talked to Charlotte Speak, founder of Power of the Parent, to discuss some tips and advice about taking parental leave and career breaks for any kind of parenting, including adoption, maternity leave, shared parental, and paternity leave.

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Should we now move to a four-day working week?

It’s an idea which has been kicked around for years, but now with the context of a global pandemic having forced a shift in working patterns and employer attitudes, could the four-day work week become a reality for everyone?

The UK works more hours than any other country in Europe except Greece, with people putting in an average 42.5 hours, compared to the European average of 41.2. So could a move to a four-day working week with no loss of pay actually work? Continue reading “Should we now move to a four-day working week?”

Having the courage to apply for a more senior role

What’s holding you back from applying for that promotion? Is it just about the courage to take the next step, to be out of your comfort zone in some areas of the role, or is there something else at play?

There’s an often-repeated statistic that women only apply for jobs if they meet 100% of the criteria, whereas men will apply if they meet only 60%. Research in 2014 investigating this claim could find no evidence for it, but it’s true that my female clients want to meet far more of the criteria before applying for a job – especially a promotion – than my male clients do.

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Practising failure – the key to bouncing back

Many people will tell you they don’t like to fail. They might even tell you that they don’t fail. But increasingly research is showing us that practising failure is a critical skill to help us succeed – and that’s as true in our careers as anywhere else. So is practising failure the key to bouncing back?

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What’s a career pivot and do you need to do one?

More people than ever are considering career pivots instead of just looking for the next linear step in their career. I’ve written before about agile career paths, and career pivots are one aspect of creating those.

After such a tumultuous and unpredictable year, many people are seriously reassessing their career options. Whether you’re at risk of redundancy, have discovered a new-found love of working from home that won’t be supported by your current employer in the long-term, or whether a period of furlough has given you chance for reflection, thinking of your career in ways other than it being a straight line is a must.

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Is your job search taking too long?

Once you’ve decided you want a new job it can feel like your enthusiasm for your current one has left the building and all you want to do is get started on a new role. With a job market currently stacked against the candidate, here’s how to stay resilient if your job search is taking too long.

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How to ace starting a new job while working remotely

Starting a new job is a bit weird when you can’t meet your colleagues as we’re all still working from home due to lockdown. And as the default setting might be working from home for some months to come, many more people will start new jobs having not met their team.

So how can you make sure you’re off to a flying start, despite the disadvantage of not being able to meet people in person? I spoke to two clients who faced just this situation to ask for their tips, plus an employer who has also had new team members start their jobs during lockdown. Here’s what they shared. Continue reading “How to ace starting a new job while working remotely”

Overcoming your fear of posting on LinkedIn

Let me make a small confession: I used to be scared about posting on LinkedIn. So I get it. You might not post because you’re worried about what people think, you might think what you have to say isn’t sufficiently “thought leadership”, or you might just not know where to start. Continue reading “Overcoming your fear of posting on LinkedIn”

Video interviews – my top tips for coping with the new job interview

We know the workforce won’t be rushing back to offices any time soon if it’s possible to work from home, but what impact will this have if you’re job hunting? The most obvious effect will be on the interview process, which is more than likely going to include a video interview. Continue reading “Video interviews – my top tips for coping with the new job interview”