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Dear Theo: ....or anyone else...Meeting the department informally at Interview

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by BertyBoo, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Hi All, Meeting the department informally is one thing I always dread. Last time I went for a HoD interview this bit freaked me out as every candidate swarmed round the department like vultures and were sparking up conversations left right and centre. I was left looking a bit of an idiot in my opinion. Obviously for a HoD role this is probably a key moment in the interview. Any tips? Good questions to ask? Good conversations to have?
     
  2. Hi All, Meeting the department informally is one thing I always dread. Last time I went for a HoD interview this bit freaked me out as every candidate swarmed round the department like vultures and were sparking up conversations left right and centre. I was left looking a bit of an idiot in my opinion. Obviously for a HoD role this is probably a key moment in the interview. Any tips? Good questions to ask? Good conversations to have?
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Ask them what they would want a new HoD to do.
    And be nice and friendly . . .
    Should be fine - it may not be as important as you think, the panel is more.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As always Theo summarises everytjing very succinctly.
    Years ago we all met potential candidates forDH position 'informally' . As a staff we all agreed we'd like to work for one particular candidate, felt we'd fit in with his ethos etc. He didn't get the job!
    So just try to find out what the particular emphasis of this job is & be yourself.
     

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