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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.

Return that call!

A sure-fire business tip: Return that call!   It’s  the Simplest way to grow your business- just return those calls! I am surprised by the number of people who say to me, as if it doesn’t happen very often, “but you returned my call?”. To which my response has always

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The Simplest Job Interview Tip..

Your next job Interview could be a breeze if you use your voice to engage with the interviewer. If your voice is quiet, hesitant, strident or whatever you won’t establish proper rapport with your interviewer.Your objective is to have a professional conversation with your future colleagues.So, how you meet, greet

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Dispelling some myths about Public Service Competency Interviews

As an interview coach I come across some myths about Public Service interviews. One is that you just go in there are and ensure you have the right buzzwords. It’s not a poetry recitation contest! Your interview professional,evidence-based, interactive and structured process. Expected to be interrupted, cross-examined and questioned about

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Performing well in Public Service Interviews

There are increasing levels of interest in Public Service interviews these days. With the threat of uncertainty in the Private Sector you might be thinking about this. That is understandable. Recruitment processes in the Public Service are different. Public Service jobs attract large numbers of applicants. There are a number of

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Life After Covid

With vaccines on the way for all now might be a good time to start planning. One of my great passions in life is music.  During lockdown I discovered that a prelude from a cello suite by J S Bach could be married to the most famous Ave Maria in

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Career Classic hits 50!

The 50th Anniversary Edition of What Colo(u)r is Your Parachtute 2021 has now appeared – with a new editor Katharine Brooks – following the death of author Richard Nelson Bolles a couple of years ago. This is the book that changed and inspired so many – including myself. It is

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Need a Career Re-Start after Covid?

A short introduction to Re-Imagination Art shows the way by giving our senses freedom to recreate new things from old. In my spare time I play and arrange classical music. I found a new way to do Gounod’s Ave Maria – but still using Bach’s music to accompany it. Here

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A Christmas Present you must HAVE, to BE HAPPY

Christmas is the time for HAVING, DOING and BEING HAVING too much to Eat and Drink DOING the wrong things — and  BEING Hungover or just strung out. Try for a Christmas that is about BEING Kind to Others, DOING things for those in need   -and then BEING in the

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How you might be probed in a Competency Interview – 30 questions.

You’ve prepared your examples…. But are you prepared for the questions? Interviewers don’t think the same way as interviewees. You train to present your case. Interviewers train to probe your data. Here’s an example. The STOP signs shows possible interruption points. Any of the 30 questions could be asked as

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