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The Savvy Child Within You - Become successful in your life and business using the forgotten childhood wisdom. Why is that when we enter the world of business we lose the inner wisdom of the child within us. The laughter, curiosity, honesty and the willingness to play together. Learn how to find that child and continue always to seek its wisdom and truth so that you can bring the inner child qualities into your personal life and business world.

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A new poetry book composed by Mel Clifford & Emily Elzbeth.
Discover rarely seen inner worlds within this little treasure of poetry and photography. Each selection is vulnerably presented in its raw state freshly drawn from the soul of each author.


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Second book of poetry composed by Mel Clifford. Additional poems kindly provided with the permission of the authors. Poems written from four generations of family poets. Kindle eBook on Amazon ONLY

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The tale of Doc Higgins and his time travel invention. How does the famous Doc plan to bring Alistair back from 1965 to his Nora?

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Poetry Just for You
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Six Steps to Achieve a Better Interview Experience

Getting it Right

Interviews for a new job/position can be a very positive experience and learning opportunity for both the interviewee and interviewer, if you prepare correctly.

It is amazing how many individuals fail to prepare properly, even the basics.  I have seen candidates not knowing what they have written in their Curriculum Vitae (Resume).  CVs with lots of inaccurate information.

I have seen interviewers rush out of one business meeting into an interview without having read the candidates CV or even have the person’s correct name.

One of the interviewer’s biggest mistakes is not allowing enough time for and between candidates.

Both candidate and interviewer have a responsibility to make the interview a positive experience.

Interviewee

Apart from looking your best and getting to the interview location on time here are three simple steps that you can take to make your interview a positive experience.

  1. Prepare – research the position on offer, the company, the interviewer…
  2. Divide your Resume / CVinto  separate headings that suit your personal circumstances. This will allow you to structure the discussion when you are asked a question on any particular area, for example.
    1. Education, Work Experience/skills, your personality
    2. Work Experience/skills, achievements, your continuous development, your personality
  3. Bring relevant material with you – copies of references, your portfolio, and have questions prepared to ask about the job/position and company.

If you fail to prepare, you let yourself down.

 

Interviewer

Apart from you knowing exactly the person spec and skills required for the position and having the right people in the room to conduct the interview, here are three simple steps that you can take to make the interview a positive experience.

  1. Prepare – your welcome, greeting and introductions, your location, your interview structure and questions.
  2. Structure the interview process – make the candidate feel at ease and clearly set out the interview format and structure.
  3. Opinion of your organisation – ensure that each candidate leaves the interview process with a good feeling of wanting to work with your organisation (or in that new position).

Remember how you see the candidate dressed at the interview will properly be the best dressed you will ever see them.

If you fail to prepare, you let your organisation down.

5 comments to Six Steps to Achieve a Better Interview Experience

  • Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

  • Love your blog. Will be coming back quite a bit.

  • melclifford

    Thanks Maria for your comment and hope to see you commenst again
    Regards
    Mel

  • melclifford

    Hi
    Thanks for visiting my site and hope that some future posts will be of support.
    Kind Regards
    Mel

  • Kieran Murphy

    HI Mel,

    Good solid advice there. Enjoyed that. How about tips for those who’ve not been interviewed for years or are going back into the workforce after some years in self employment or who’ve worked for companies for donkeys years and are now redundant due to the economic climate.
    Kieran

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