Did you catch last week’s post about Skype interviews? If not then off you go and read it now!
This week we have a fab infographic from Viking with more top tips to help you get that dream job!
Further information: www.viking-direct.co.uk
We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight just what it’s like to pursue a career in the field of Mental Health. Specialising in Addiction at Priory Hospital Roehampton, Psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell talks about the challenges of his profession, his views on the best elements of working in such a role, as well as offering some great insight into what kind of skills you will need to succeed in such a career. Here’s a few of the best bits from his expert interview!
Many people still think that the Priory only deals with celebrities and the wealthy that have addiction problems. This could not be further from the truth. The majority of our patients are working; some have health insurance, others self-paying who desperately want to fix what’s wrong with them.
The other misconception is that addiction is somehow a choice to be bad, rather than a disease over which patients are powerless.
Never knowing who’s going to turn up! I have been privileged in this job to meet people from all walks of life, from the unemployed and homeless, to the rich and apparently successful, people from every country in the world and people doing jobs and involved in organisations which I had never heard of before.
My work has been an immense privilege.
Content written by the Priory Group
How beneficial do you think mock interviews are? When Vikki, one of our nursing students, was recently invited for her dream job on a critical care unit, she asked the careers team for a mock interview to ensure that she was fully prepared.
Of course the careers team were more than happy to help!
Vikki came in for her mock interview, which was set up just like a real interview, where she was asked some typical nursing interview questions and given feedback on her performance.
A few weeks later and the careers team received an email from Vikki saying that she had been offered the job! Congrats Vikki!!
Vikki kindly passed on some of the questions she was asked at interview, so if you are going for an interview soon, these may help:
1- What’s the biggest change you have experienced so far?
2- Can you give an example of when you helped a new member to the team?
3- can you give an example of a busy time and how you balanced your time?
4- What attracted you to the post and why do you want it?
5- Give an example of a time where you went over and above to give compassionate care.
6- Give an example of when you used your communication skills to tell someone something important and how you did it.
We hope that these questions will help you in your future interviews. If you have had an interview recently, why not leave your favourite questions in the comments, or you can tweet them to us @UoCCareers
Interviews can be scary, especially if you have never had one before. The most important thing to do before any interview is to make sure that you are well prepared. Take some time before your interview to research the company, prepare answers to common interview questions, and make sure that you have everything you will need on the day to hand.
Ideally you will already have done some research before applying for the role, but if not, now is the time to do it! You don’t have to memorise all of their annual reports or become an expert on their products, but if you haven’t done any research at all, it will reflect poorly on you during the interview. You should aim to know something about the products and services they provide as well as a brief overview of their history – you can also search for news articles about them, for added points.
You will normally be told in advance the location of the interview, so make the most of this advance knowledge and plan your route to get there. Being late for the interview means getting off on the wrong foot at best, and will have a strong negative impact on your chances of getting the job. Aim to arrive around 10 minutes before the time stated on your invite to interview. Build in time in your route for traffic jams, roadworks, public transport issues and so on. Take a spare copy of your CV with you, as well as the job description, your application, and some information on the company. Then when you arrive early, you can read through your pack while you are waiting.
When you arrive for your interview, make sure you switch off your mobile phone (or at the very least make sure it is on silent with the vibrate turned OFF). Take some mints or chewing gum to freshen your breath, but make sure you finish/dispose of it before going into the interview – you don’t want to be crunching mints or chewing gum in your interview!
Confidence is one the most important traits to creating a positive impression. Smile, be courteous and address the interviewers by name whenever possible. Keep in mind that you have already impressed the employer enough with your application/CV for them to want to see you. This is no small thing considering the volume of applications most employers receive. Therefore, you have already made a positive impression on them. Your task at the interview is to allow the employer to learn more about you and to see if they like your personality. This is hard to do if you clam up with nerves so take some deep breaths and try to relax.
After your interview, write to the employer and thank them for their time in seeing you – do this if you are offered the job or not. This will make sure that you stick in their minds as a polite and proactive candidate, and will also confirm to the employer that you are still interested in the position. Sometimes you might need to check a fact or clarify a point raised during the interview. You can use the follow-up email or letter to relay this information to them.
Post adapted from http://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/job-interview-tips/23/job-interview-tips
I always wanted a fulfilling and rewarding job and whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would always be “a Teacher.” I like challenges and teaching is something that is never boring as every day and every class bring you something different. I think it also helped that I really enjoyed my education growing up and admired the effort and enthusiasm my teachers put into their lessons and my learning. Their enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of whether I liked it or not, or was good at it or not, was infectious. I aspired to be that kind of person.
I applied for absolutely every job around the country, I’m not actually sure how many I applied for. When other trainees on my course started getting their jobs in January, I was worried, but then I realised that it was a good thing that I was not successful at my first two interviews, as in hindsight those schools were not right for me.
I had to look at the language combinations, as my degree was uncommon. I also looked at the websites of the school to see what their ethos was. You can also glean a lot of information from the job description and the priorities of the school. At the interview too you are able to ask questions and usually they give you a tour so you have a real feel for the place and know if it’s the right school for you.
I feel that interviews for teaching posts are like the apprentice! You have several tasks to complete and can sometimes be rejected half way through the day, before you get to meet the interview panel. I had had a mock interview from my University mentor, but it was still quite nerve wracking at the time, you have to put it all to the back of your mind and just go for it! I had to teach a lesson, have a parent panel interview and a student panel interview. I also met staff in the department and had a tour around the school. This was all done before lunch! Afterwards the candidates are interviewed individually by a panel. The best way to prepare is to think what questions they might ask you and think of what you would say in that situation. Be honest, as people can tell when you are lying, so don’t try and make up an answer as they know you are an NQT from your application and must like you, as they would not have invited you to interview! Make sure you prepare and run through your lesson and have a plan b, in case technology fails on you. Also, think of questions you would like to ask the school and look on their website beforehand so you are clued up on what sets them apart from other schools.
Yes and no. Yes because it helped me deal with the unexpected and no because you can’t play out every single scenario while doing your training. It did however equip me with some brilliant teaching ideas and ways of coping with the unforseen, interviews, lesson planning and Ofsted! Which I underwent during my first term as an NQT.
I get into work at 7:45 and do photocopying and admin work. I then register my form and teach a mixture of French and German lessons from all key stages. We have briefing twice a week in the morning and a pastoral meeting too. After lunch we have registration for 30 minutes in which I do various activities such as reading, word games, maths, quizzes etc. After work we sometimes have department meetings or whole school training but I usually mark books and plan lessons.
I think seeing the change in the classes I found challenging at the start that are now understanding the boundaries as well as developing their learning and enjoying the lesson more (hopefully!)
The jump in work load has been challenging, I’ve had a few late nights (mostly around Ofsted time) but it has got easier and you find ways of coping with extra work e.g: reports, parents evening etc on top of the usual lessons and marking.
I’ve been on a few theatre trips with school as that is something that I really enjoy and I sing in the choir when I have time. I also do my own Italian club on Thursday lunch times.
I don’t mind it! I think it’s because I became used to it after doing my PGCE. I find it helpful to receive constructive feedback.
You can’t always do everything all the time.
Remain positive as the lows are made up for by all the highs. And remember that you are human! If you are struggling, you won’t be the only one so ask for help. And don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m still trying to learn not to beat myself up about a lesson that might not have gone as well as I would have liked.