The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 10).

"How does anyone who works in an abattoir put their feet up at the end of the day and relax?" I found myself musing in that liminal space which is both post- and pre-candidate.  "A bit of light butchery?  A long standing taxidermal project based on a seascape of Whitehaven?" We had had a long, … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 10).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 8).

Once in a while the interview panel meets someone who they collectively fall in love with. The candidate enters the interview room sporting an impressive halo and from that moment on they can do wrong. It's at times like these when the stony faces crack, the hardened hearts soften and to a man and woman, … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 8).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 7).

Waving not drowning. That's how a candidate might like to approach the Interview Panel, especially if they're of the bright eyed, bushy tailed and  bubblingly sort of enthusiastic individual for whom 'no' never means 'no ' but is just a delayed way of hearing 'yes'. The bubblehead (as they are referred to the trade) invariably … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 7).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 6).

There are four inviolable givens of the interview process and they are these. One: we interview you, not the other way around. Two: we know more about you, than you do about us. Three: we have a job to dispense to some lucky beneficiary and you don't. Four: we make the final decision. End of. … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 6).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 5).

Dress code. Ah, the thorny subject of the dress code. Many have spoken about dress code; many more have written about the protocols relating to tie length, luminosity of shining shoes and whether or not a waistcoat is an asset or a liability in the Interview process. Myself, I am partial to any candidate turning … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 5).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 4).

Whilst the responsibility of being a panel member on the Firm's  Interview Panel is an honour and a privilege, sometimes that responsibility weighs heavy and we have to find ways to lighten the load. A common way for Interview Panel members to relieve themselves is to set bear traps for candidates and enjoy the unwary candidate … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 4).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 3).

One way not to get a job is if a job doesn't exist in the first place. If there is no job, then there is nothing the job candidate can apply for and ergo no job can be allocated. The candidate therefore comes out of the process empty handed. This is a particularly useful tactic … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 3).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 2).

Needless to say, the Interview is only one part of the Recruitment Process. There are several other aspects to The Process, both pre- and post-Interview, which require as much meticulous preparation as The Interview itself if a candidate is to convert their hopes into assurances and banish their fears to the deeper recesses of their … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 2).

The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 1.2).

There are moments in the interview process when you have to summon up the highest levels of tact and diplomacy. A track record of working for the UN would probably provide a suitable training ground for the erstwhile Interview Panel Member but in the absence of that opportunity, those with real panel potential will have … Continue reading The Interview Panel: how not to get a job (Candidate No. 1.2).