Presentation on theme: "Janet Forsyth Careers Adviser"— Presentation transcript:
1Janet Forsyth Careers Adviser Marketing your PPLS and other skills and experience to graduate employers – at a job interviewJanet ForsythCareers AdviserIntro and welcomeFind out which subject they’re fromWhat we’ll cover …….
2What we’ll cover…..Brief introduction to interviews – general and PPLS– specificInterview fearsOpportunity to practiceConclusions and feedbackFurther supportInterview Fears Exercise - Work in pairs – discuss fears – write on post-its; look at fears – say what will be covered; point to further resources for things not covered – will cover in blog
3Preparation Basic Practicalities Research Practice Practicalities Relaxation techniquesSmart and comfortable outfitPrepare copy of application / CV to remind you what you wroteContact phone number for employerKnow where you are goingAllow plenty of time to get thereBe polite to everyone!Research - About them:the rolethe organisationthe sectorResearch - About you:your applicationyour motivationyour evidencePractice – as we will today: practice interviews at the Careers Service; get friends to ask Qs; practice articulating your answers
4The interview Types of interview-formats Non-verbal communication and body languageYour answers: adviceYour questions: dos and don’tsTheir questions (1):common questions,strength-based;Technical/vocationalunexpected questions;hypothetical;….. and degree-based and competency Qs……Formats , panel, telephone, videoed and recorded/skype – and assessment centresNon verbals – posture, tone, volume, fade, eye contact, mannerisms, smileYour Answers – hints and tips –Ask for clarification if necessaryPause and think - give yourself time to structure an answerMaximise your contributionRead the signs and don’t babble!Try giving the interviewer (and yourself) signpostsYour Questions:No: Pay / HolidaysAnything that you should have already read in the brochure or prospectusYes: Chance to cover anything you feel has been missedMentoring/Buddy system?CSR?How soon in front of clients?Professional/vocational qualifications?Contact with recent grad recruits?Predicting questions – read your application; look at feedback forms/ job boards such as wikijobs etcCommon questions – Why are you interested in this job; why do you want to work for us? What can you bring to this job? What are your 5 key selling points? What are the challenges facing this industryStrength-basedWhen are you at your bestWhat energises you?What do you do well?When do you feel you are most like yourself?How can you capitalise on your strengths more
5About your degree….‘when you consider your courses, don’t just think about the grades you achieved in the end, but the new skills you gained along the way.’recent PPLS gradWhy did you choose your degree subject /university?What value is the study of philosophy in the workplace?What have you gained from your degree that’s of value/interest to us?How is the study of philosophy relevant to our work?What skills have you developed from your studies that equip you to work with us?Important to follow advice of recent graduate, and also then to be able to make the connection to the type of work you are being interviewed for.
6From recent philosophy grads…. ‘strong analytical and communication skills, understand formal structure of arguments and weigh up pros and cons , research skills, gather, sift and sort key information….’ grad 2009, Policy Officer‘Logic skills (accountancy is much more about logic than maths. Balance sheets are just big logic puzzles)’ grad 2011, trainee accountant‘Time management and self-discipline’ grad 2011, HR manager‘think rationally and analytically…makes tackling big problems a lot easier.’ grad 2008, creative director
7Some ideas for skills…… General skills:self-motivation and the capacity for independent study and thought;the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines;flexibility and creativity;the ability to identify, absorb and sift complex information;team working;increased knowledge of IT.Other PPLS subjects..Philosophy skills:analyse and construct sound arguments;distinguish fine differences between views and find common ground;present ideas convincingly through well- constructed, systematic arguments;write clearly and persuasively;generate ideas and come up with solutions to problems;be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.Use the link to look at the careers info and options sheets for the other PPLS subjects – point out the skills info here.
8Skills / competency based questions Aim to elicit evidence of a certain skillAre based on the theory that past behaviour predicts future performanceFrom your research you can predict the skills they will ask aboutPick and prepare examples from a range of different experiencesFor example: Tell me about a time when you worked effectively in a team? What was your role? How did you contribute to the team’s success?
9Using the STAR structure Situation – be specific and focusedTask – outline the challenge presentedAction – detail what YOU didResult – sum up positivelyUse this to structure your response to competency questions
10Your turn…..! Interview pairs: In pairs Interviewer/observer IntervieweeIn pairschoose a job to focus ondecide on 2 questions, one philosophy, one competency (related to role)give interviewee 2 minutes to structure answersinterviewer ask questions; use checklist for observationgive feedback (feedback sandwich)swap rolesIN pairs- choose a job to focus on- decide on 2 questions, one from philosophy/PPLS, one competency (related to role)- give interviewee 2 minutes to structure answers- interviewer ask questions; use checklist for observation- give feedback (feedback sandwich)- swap roles
12Where to find additional Information Centre: RED Interview sectionIncluding interview feedback and takeaway bookletsMaking an Impact and First Impressions Count - DVDs online, plus others to view in the information centresJob Applications & Interviews – from Careers Service websitePractice interviews with an adviservideo practice via Careers MyEd channelPractice assessment centresDiscussion with a careers adviser (20 mins - bookable on day)Attend talk on "Performing Well at Interviews" which runs in semesters 1 and 2 - see events section for details. Book a mock interview with a Careers Adviser. This usually lasts around 45 minutes and will include feedback on your performance and advice for further preparation. You will need to bring a copy of your application form or CV to Reception at least 2 days before the interview to allow the Adviser to prepare appropriate questions. Watch our DVDs (available to view in our information centres):Making an impact: the graduate job interview - also available online (Edinburgh Campus PCs only)How to crack case study interviewsI like the sound of herSelection Success In One (Why ask me that?)Assessment Centre (chapter 5: the in-depth interview) - also available online (Edinburgh Campus PCs only)Also available online is First Impressions Count by the University of Bedfordshire. This video focuses on what to wear,body language, voice and how you come across. It also features interviews with graduate employers. Read the advice written by Careers Advisers specifically for Edinburgh students and graduates. This can be consulted below or in one of our booklets which are available to take away from the Careers Service. These booklets are also available in printed format as a PDF*: Successful Interviews and Telephone Interviews.