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they can fuck off
Can't believe they're trying to alienate me from my labour without even giving me a job
like assessment days where you do all sorts of tests and shit like that?
They have a list of really woolly conceptual stuff that they reckon are their core ideals that they want you to be able to give examples of you doing (ideally in that situation, action, result type format).
and am quite glad about that
Just got feedback from an interview where she said she was sure from my work experience that I did understand economic development but that my answer didn't score high enough so no job for me.
that's absolutely meaningless, but gives HR an arbitrary way of reducing the number of candidates they have to decide between
maybe it's just the interviews I go for are all silly jobs that are funded by government or grants and so need to have as little bias as possible. Scoring against criteria is the standard, no?
over a coffee or something
but i've gotten better at pretending
Shame as i was good at them
It's especially perilous if it's a telephone interview. You must explain your paltry work experiences to some disinterested junior, whom knows nothing about your work environment.
"Give me an example of when you triumphed despite adversity."
If you read the job description you can work out what the questions will be.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
when they're basically judging you on how good you are at telling stories.
Despite the fact I'm reasonably good at my job, they make think I'm not at all employable.
The last interview I had said the reason they didn't employ me was that one of my examples was a bit negative. In reflection, that was probably my response to "a time you've had to adapt your practice when something has gone wrong."
I hate having to think for myself or having to impress them from the start. much easier to just do the puzzles then know you're at least in with a chance.
And a second interview, and an assessment day.
civil service grad scheme has a test, might apply for that. Life is such a major disappointment.
it's just a skill you have to learn, i guess. even though it isn't really useful for anything else.
following advice worked for me in the context of public sector jobs:
just think of it in the same way as you'd write an application based on key competencies, the sort of thing they put in a person specification, all that. they ask you a question, you just have to give examples as to what you'd do if you can, stating when you did it and what the outcome is. if you haven't, say "what i'd do is this"
used to have an economics teacher (useless A-levels, yay) who said that if you wrote everything in the world to answer questions, you'd get full marks for ticking everything off. competency-based interviews are a bit like that, you want to talk as fully round something as possible, because you just have to tick everything off.
i'm sure there are better ways of doing interviews, but it sure beats "if you were a colour what colour would you be"
I answered every other question fine, just the last one about economic development seemed so obvious I didn't have much to say about it and fucked it up. It was something like "why is economic development good". Its annoying when they say "you obviously know about this but didn't tick the boxes so sorry".
job interviews at your age/number of years out of uni are generally shitty anyway. (patronising sentence alert!)
i'm 8 years out of my undergrad and the round of applying for jobs for the job i started in May was the first time i "got it". previous time, 2-3 years earlier, i applied for over 100 jobs and had like 12 miserable interviews until i finally got a job a bit below what i'd be doing in temp work, but it were a start
Feel like my generation is in a black hole (c) Ed Miliband
cf. job interviews, most undergrad essays, politics etc massively favour privately educated people who have been properly this dark art from a young age
are just a way of winnowing out timewasters. If an applicant can write a decent application and give some examples of relevant stuff they have done, then they'll get called to interview. After that, you're on your own, bub.
I'm trying to fill about three posts at the moment, and most applicants can't even write a basic application. It's really depressing.
So you dont want them to score you? Are you wanting them to guess whos the best for the role or something?
Just talk to me like a human being about my knowledge, skills and experience, realise using the human emotions of empathy, understanding and judgement that I'm very handsome, not thick and a pretty cool dude and could do almost any job (reckon I could pick up almost any job that isn't vocational in about a week), then give me a fucking job.
So an interview rather than test. Cool.
this statement is guaranteed to result in 0% interview success rate.
Just tell myself that after the fact, its more effective that way.
he was 'more of a thinker than a doer'. Not great.
Hit me up if you need help with these interviews.