‘No man ever listened himself out of a job.’ Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President.
Listening may not be on your interview check-list, but it should be. If you can’t demonstrate the ability to listen in an interview, then can you listen in the job? Work-related mistakes are frustrating and costly; call it miscommunication, misinterpretation or just missing the point, half-listening is often a contributory factor. Let’s look at simple ways to improve your listening:
Jelly legs, the sweats and a dry mouth could be holding you back. I’ve known great candidates, who’ve cancelled last minute or not represented themselves well on interview because they’re wracked with nerves. But it’s not worth stifling your career over something that can be easily overcome at home, for free, and with little or no embarrassment. Follow these tips and you might find you actually enjoy your next job interview:
Vacantly staring out of the train window, I momentarily focus on the reflection of my fellow passengers and suddenly see them as individuals rather than a grey hoard of commuters. Each one with a destination, responsibilities, to-do lists. The average commute is 58 minutes in the UK and 77 minutes in London. That’s a lot of time to kill...or fill.
Telephone interviews: Recruiters like them as an effective and inexpensive way of whittling down a strong shortlist of candidates to meet.
They’re good for job seekers too: no random time off to explain to your boss and you won’t have to think about what to wear.
But a surprising number of people don’t take telephone interviews seriously and end up disappointed or red-faced. Here’s how to get it right:
Posted in: The Works
The Works team is settling in to a new office. We’ve swapped the chic boutique-lined streets of the lavish West End for the crowded, urgent bustle near the Capital’s square mile. Only a few tube stops separate the two areas, and yet they look and feel quite different.
The PR profile for the month of January and its paltry neighbour February, needs some work. The mood board for these months is grey and black; empty purses; flu symptoms; drenched hair; cancelled trains and a production line of repetitive routines. Motivating a team wallowing in a place like that isn’t easy. But with a bit of PMA and some classic PR, it can be done. Here’s how:
When you reach a certain level in your career, you may think that your CV says it all: Wrong. Despite dazzling PR credentials, you still need to sell yourself if you want to step up the ladder. In our experience, it’s mid to senior management PRs who are most likely to let themselves down through sloppy interview prep. So, we’ve compiled The Works pre-interview checklist as a reminder:
Posted in: Guest Blog
Stress is endemic in many UK companies with 60% admitting that it damages staff retention. So it’s no wonder that there are a growing number of companies investing strategically to support their employees’ good health; keeping their best talent happy, engaged and motivated.
This week guest blogger and ex-Financial PR, Anna Keeble, tells us about her new service, which plans to take care of your employees’ mental and physical wellbeing. Ditch notions of scented candles and think valued, energetic, staff and tangible financial results. Anna explains how it works and invites your company to get involved.
New Year, new job? If that’s your New Year’s career resolution then you’ll need to think about keeping your CV up to date so that when your dream job comes up, you’re ready to apply. People often leave it too late and risk missing the boat, particularly in the current recruitment climate. Make your CV your gateway to a great opportunity.