Success factors that make or break the first few minutes of an interview

3 Success Factors for the interview

As anyone who has had an interview will tell you, you can often assess how the interview is going within the first few minutes. Interviewers agree and just as the beginning of a CV often dictates whether the reader forms a lasting impression, the first few minutes of an interview will often make or break it.

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Surviving After University

How to survive after University

So, you have handed in your dissertation, taken a couple of weeks to catch up on some sleep – what now?

Looking forward to moving back home? Probably not, no offence to your parents, but you have loved the freedom to do what you like and at a time to suit you – generally at 3am.

Oh, job…

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Interview questions that will make you stand out from the crowd

Five questions that will impress an interviewer

We live in an increasingly competitive job market. Regardless of the industry you are in, or the job title you are seeking, it is incredibly likely that there will be a number of other people with their eyes on the same prize…

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WHO AM I?

Who am I?

Finding out what makes us tick and what ticks us off is key to being self-aware, which makes us better able to handle difficult things as they come along. One of the things people say is hard to do is telling others about their strengths, the things they are good and the things they find relatively easy to do. Somehow it feels like ‘showing off' or being ‘arrogant' if we become proud of ourselves and we worry about what other people might think. It is completely usual to worry about what other people think. The good news is there is a way to show off your strengths and still be humble enough to have people think well of you at the same time. 

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LOOKING FOR A JOB

Looking for a job

When you turn your mind to finding a job either for the summer or as a permanent career, it's a real step change from the focus on getting reports, papers or dissertations completed. That said, the pressure can feel just as intense in a different sort of way.

Just knowing there will be lots of students, graduates and other job seekers out there all potentially going for the same jobs makes it crucial to get yourself into a place where you will be the best applicant and get the job you want.

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Tips for when starting a new job

4 Tips for when starting a new job

So you've written a great CV, sailed through your job interview and you're all ready to start your new job - the first rung on the ladder to success. But before you begin, read our handy guide on what not to do when entering the world of work!

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LEARN TO BE CONFIDENT

Building confidence

I have often heard people say they are not confident and that is just the way they are! That feeling of ‘there is nothing to be done because it is what it is’ is both liberating and limiting. Liberating because, if confidence really is part of our DNA then there is nothing to be done about a lack of confidence, we must accept our lot in life. 

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3 ways to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd

3 ways to make sure your CV stands out from the crowd

Stepping out into the world of work can be scary. As a recent graduate, everyone wants the most exciting and most rewarding jobs that the market place has to offer. But with so many people applying for the same position, new graduate students can struggle…

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WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

Every day is a school day

I remember my grandma saying, “every day's a school day” on many occasions and I thought, ‘Blimey I hope not!’ However, over time, I have come to realise those who have an ‘every day's a school day’ philosophy have a positive and enquiring attitude that stands them in good stead in pretty much every aspect of life. 

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PASSION GETS YOU THE JOB

Passion gets you the job

Passion for the business is one of the things that employers look for when making the decision to offer a role to one individual above another, when everything else is pretty even in an interview. Getting to know about business is crucial in being able to talk about it in an enthusiastic and passionate way. It takes more than a quick internet search to get the nitty-gritty about a business. 

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

Strengths and weaknesses

What are your strengths? Quickly followed by, and what would you say your greatest weakness is?

How I used to dread being asked those two questions at the interview! For starters, I was usually full of self-doubt and convinced I had no strengths and thousands of weaknesses!

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