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Dear Theo or anyone who can help

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by disguise, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. I have an interview Weds and have been told the first 5 mins of the formal interview will be a presentation on my vision for the department (it's a head of curriculum role). Despite being a drama specialist, I am rubbish at presentations and always seem to fall apart. I have had some advice from colleague who tell me my worst bit it the first two mins and once I relax I am fine and natural with it. I tend to worry so much about what I say that when I am asked questions after I feel unprepared for them too. I really need this job and although I don't want to get my hopes up because I didn't get another job I recently went for and that knocked my confidence, I want to ensure I am as prepared as I can be. I also don't know whether I will have access to powerpoint or anything so am going with a paper an pen approach and plan to list key points in bullets point form and do a copy for each interviewer. Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated. Any advice about the actual interview also appreciated. By the way, I already do a head of curriculum role so know I am qualified for the job but this job is less of a commute, hence really needing/wanting it, so I need to make them believe I am capable. I have said on my application that I am looking to focus in on my subject more as I currently line manage my area and one other and feel I can't focus on my subject area as much as I'd like, which is true but it's also about location.
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Drama specialists can be just as prone to nerves as anyone else!
    As far as presentations go, there's a simple rule:
    • Tell'em what you're going to tell'em.
    • Tell'em it.
    • Tell'em what you told'em.
    Simple!
    But if you prefer a slightly more sophisticated piece of advice, one of the links inside the Interview tips clickables tells you more. there is also a link there to the thread about feeling nervous, with Middlemarsh's good advice about mind maps.
    So - go to the welcome thread at the top of the forum, and open it up. Inside you'll find both Interview Tips and interview questions.
    Best of luck! We look forward to you following our tradition by starting a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  3. I hope so too, thanks! I had a look through some of those FAQs earlier but will keep trawling through them.

    D x
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No, not the FAQs - the clickables about Interviews. They have links to other threads with advice.
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  5. Ok, right - thanks!
     

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