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How to get a good performance review/annual review

If you work for an organisation that values employee development, then proactive performance and development plans (P&D) are part of your working life. Some employees view P&D plans as the company paying lip service or as a tool to coerce them into doing more work. Whatever your views are, scoring high is always preferable to scoring badly especially when it is linked to positive rewards, . The following...

How to answer the interview question “why should we hire you?”

People feel challenged by the interview question: Why should we hire you? In reality – the entire interview is a breakdown of answering this question. There is no definitive answer as it is bespoke to each role and candidate. The key to a positive interview is preparation. When a candidate is ill prepared it is very obvious to the interviewer. It shows a lack of interest in the role and company. Naturally, this is...

Keep social media sites clean while you are job hunting – but what does this mean in practice?

At the moment firing and job offer refusals due to inappropriate social media sites is widely documented. In the US, it has been estimated that 8% of the workforce have been fired at one point due to inappropriate facebook, myspace and other social media accounts. When it comes to not securing a promotion and a job application being refused, the exact figures are near impossible to estimate as many employers will...

What to do when you don’t understand a question asked in an interview?

A common mistake I see in interviews, is people not answering the question that they are asked. An interview can be stressful for candidates and it is difficult to retain the high level of concentration required throughout in order to answer questions asked properly. What most candidates do not appreciate, is that they can always ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify a question they have been asked. It is more...

Can I get a reference if I’ve been fired?

Securing a glowing reference from pervious employers is something we all aim for. But what happens if the relationship has been soured to the point of termination of employment? Currently, employers are not legally obliged to provide an employment reference. It is a very costly exercise for companies, especially large ones. It also comes with risks. For this reason, more and more employers are no longer providing...

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