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Brian's Blogs

I am an enthusiastic and regular blogger on career and interview matters. My posts are normally inspired by the experiences of my clients or emerging trends in the fields of recruitment and career matters in both the Public and Private Sectors.

A Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

I was asked to become involved in a recording of the Goethe Choir’s performance of a Ukranian Hymn. Everyone who participated were moved by the music and its text. Images of sacred icons held in Glenstal were inserted into the video because of their special place in Ukranian culture and

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Self-Praise is no Praise in Competency-Based Interviews

Gra   Granny Was Right: “Self-praise is no praise” In competency-based interviews blowing your own trumpet is not the secret to success -evidence of past performance is. It is astonishing how many of the authors of books, posts or blogs insist on going in there and “putting your best foot

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Plagiarism in Competency-Based Interviews: Not a good idea

“Plagiarise, Plagiarise – but always call it research” (Professor Tom Lehrer, Harvard) There is a temptation to cut corners in a competency-based interviews – but plagiarism must be the most inadvisable strategy of them all. Your interview will be terminated if plagiarism is detected – but still people do it

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Achieving Results with your Competency-based Interview Form

The hardest part of the Competency-based Interview process is the form. A bad form can lose you an invitation to be interviewed. In less than 10 minutes you can learn how to structure and write up your form. More resources here: https://www.brianmcivor.com/welcome-to-the-interviewing-zone/

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The Gift that keeps on giving…..

A life-changing gift suggestion for the season. I am offering all-areas access to my online courses in Interviewing Skills and Career Change. https://lnkd.in/djGnkKdE Some you know may be considering a change of job or a change of direction. Kick start them with two proven learning products that have helped thousands

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Are we living in a binary world?

Are we living in a Binary World – post Covid? Have you noticed that since Covid many people have become more helpful, more supportive and understanding and willing to help in any way they can? They take time to call you and check if you are okay and work to

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Who was your best boss/manager?

It is said that people do not leave jobs they love – they leave bosses who have denied them the recognition, challenges and the vital support needed to progress. Your best boss may not have been your best friend but they always had your best interests at heart. Who’s your

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Competency-based Interviews: They have upped the Ante!

One example is not enough any more! Interview Boards have become wise to the one-dimensional competency-based interview – where you were asked for a single example of a situation where you achieved results, solved problems or whatever. To make the mark all you had to do was to tell your

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The Mozart Effect in Retirement

Talk to some people about retirement and they will describe the prospect as “grim – ending in you-know-what” ignoring the fact that, for most people about to retire “you know what” is at least one generation away. A lot can happen in the meantime. Your retirement may well be very

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Retirement ain’t what it used to be!

Time to reset your course? Time was, you retired from work, got your watch, went home and within a short time you left the planet. Retirement, in those days was a matter of waiting for the inevitable. In the last century the amount of time we will spend in retirement,

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