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What do you think – True or False?

1. Spending a lot of time preparing for a job interview will make me seem desperate.

2. While preparing for a job interview, put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes to see things from their perspective.

3. Role playing to prepare for typical interview questions is really important.

4. If you have reservations about your abilities or skills for the position you should tell the whole truth.

5. A job interview is a one-direction conversation, like on a talk show.

6. Interviewers are like dogs; they can smell my fear.

7. The “real me” will shine through whether I’m dressed in pajamas or a suit.

8. Sending a thank you note is an important way of standing out.

9. Making demands for your ideal salary and vacation in the initial interview is a risky proposition.

10. It doesn’t matter if I’m 5 minutes late. Everyone runs late to interviews.

 C.J. Liu (professional coach) has provided some comments on these statements in a Payscale blog post. While this is an American blog – from my experience the observations made in this blog post are also relevant for the Australian job-seeking environment.   It is worth noting that where an organisation recruits on merit (eg public sector roles), sending a thank you note is unlikely to have an effect on your chances of winning a role. 

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Are you struggling to write the application? Need some ideas on how to address selection criteria?

Do you feel you let yourself down at job interviews?

Do you want coaching from an experienced human resource professional?

Do you need someone who understands the Intergrated Leadership System (Australian Government)  or Capability Leadership Framework (Queensland Government)?

Contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com   or 0403766812

Send me your draft resume, and details of any job/s that you are interested in.  Tell me if you need to work on your application (covering letter, resume or selection criteria) or if you need interview practice. I can provide a no obligation free quote.

My specialty is coaching people for job interviews. I enjoy assisting people to win jobs – and would love to hear from you.  

 Cheryl

I notice that a number of people come to this blog using one of the above search phrases. I assume this is because they are writing an application for a government job. These are the five leadership capabilities used by both the Queensland State Government and the Australian Public Service.

To find more information about these capabilities, you can visit the Integrated Leadership System (ILS) web page. You will find information about what behaviours are expected at EL1, EL2, SES1, SES2 and SES3 levels. Find the pages that discuss ‘behavioural indicators’ to get ideas on what experiences you have had to prove your demonstration of these five capabilities.

For example , for ‘Shapes Strategic Thinking’ – Can you provide an example of where you have established the strategic goals for a business unit? communicated the links between government policy, organisational goals and the work of a unit? built a shared sense of purpose and direction? focused on the future and pursued strategic alignment of action within a business unit? identified critical information gaps?……..

If you are applying for APS 1-6 roles there is a similar ILS publication. The capabilities are slightly different: Supports Strategic Direction, Achieves Results, Supports Productive Working Relationships, Displays Personal Drive and Integrity, and Communicates with Influence.

The Integrated Leadership System  is an excellent tool to assist you to write your application, prepare for interview, and also to assess your learning and development needs.

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Are you struggling to write the application? Need some ideas on how to address selection criteria?

Do you feel you let yourself down at job interviews?

Do you want coaching from an experienced human resource professional?

Do you need someone who understands the Intergrated Leadership System (Australian Government)  or Capability Leadership Framework (Queensland Government)?

Contact me at brisbanejobcoach@gmail.com  

Send me your draft resume, and details of any job/s that you are interested in.  Tell me if you need to work on your application (covering letter, resume or selection criteria) or if you need interview practice. I can provide a no obligation free quote.

My specialty is coaching people for job interviews. I enjoy assisting people to win jobs – and would love to hear from you.

 Cheryl

I was recently asked for hints about attending graduate assessment centres.  These are some tips that I gave:

  • read as much as you can about the organisation and the associated industry – sometimes you will be given an exercise to assess your connectedness with current events.
  • it is important to contribute, but not dominate or talk too much at these assessment centres. 
  • meet the assessor politely, but do not monopolise their time.
  • remember they will be looking for graduates who can become leaders of the future, so the focus will usually be on looking at your team and leadership skills. Leaders have a future focus, show drive to achieve results, communicate in a way that influences others, have high ethical standards, and manage relationships well.
  • while it is a competitive process, most organisations want to create a community feel for graduates (with social activities, Wiki etc). Expect that they will be observing your skills in engaging and getting along with others.
  • you will usually have to do something as a group and produce a result like a presentation, or solve a multifaceted problem.  The  group task may be general or may focus specifically on the things that are important to the organisation e.g. corporate responsibility, green projects. It might be worth doing a bit of reading in case some content knowledge of these areas helps.
  • if you have a planning task – think of the tools that you have learnt (SWOT, brainstorming, stakeholder analysis, project planning…….) and introduce these as a way of getting the group bonded and started. Show that you respect different styles, while also including everyone’s ideas. If it is a large task, you might need to agree on roles and responsibilities.
  • remember ‘forming’, ‘storming’, ‘norming’ and ‘performing’.  Show that you are comfortable in the storming stage, and that you try to find solutions to move through this to create norms that will assist the group to deliver. Think about ways that you can manage situations when someone else dominates the group or has ideas that you disagree with (have words up your sleeve like ‘that’s an interesting point, can we consider the alternate…  or .. we seem to have some different ideas on how to progress this, let’s go back to our objectives and look at our time remaining and see if we can move forward……..etc)
  • it really helps – especially if an interview is part of the assessment centre, to visualise yourself actually being a graduate in company.  Have a look at the photos on the graduate page of the Company’s website (orFacebook Page) and picture yourself there next year.
  • think of the 5 most complex things that you have achieved (study, work, volunteer, sport..) and prepare a CARLA to tell a story about each of these.   What was CHALLENGING (or Complex) about this?    What ACTIONS did you take and why?     What RESULTS did you achieve relative to what was the expected outcome?   What did you LEARN from this experience?      How could you APPLY this learning to add value as a graduate (and future leader).
  • if you cannot find out exactly what is going to happen at the assessment centre, expect a range of tasks.  You may be asked to do a written task, technical assessment, psychological testing, role plays or prioritising tasks.
  • have a good night’s sleep, stay enthusiastic and positive – and expect to be tired towards the end.

Most of all – be yourself (i.e. the most professional version of you).  The more comfortable and congruent you are, the better you will present.

 Some more tips can be found at:

http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/content/view/full/125

http://www.graduates.vic.gov.au/CA2572E10040BBCD/pages/how-to-apply-graduate-recruitment-and-development-scheme-assessment-centre

http://www.get.hobsons.co.uk/advice/interview-selection-centre

http://flinders.edu.au/careers/student/assess_select_centres.html

If you have other ideas – please add in the comments section.

 Some unsuccessful candidates hear during post-selection feedback, that they have failed to show ‘leadership’. 

Wikipedia states that:

Leadership is one of the most salient aspects of the organizational context. However, defining leadership has been challenging.’

To clarify what leadership means for their organisation, companies and government Agencies have developed Leadership Capability Frameworks.  These frameworks identify the key capabilities, and associated behaviors that leaders need to demonstrate. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has published an Integrated Leadership System (ILS) , which provides a common language for leadership development across the Australian Public Service. 

This system identifies five key leadership capabilities –  

Shapes Strategic Thinking

Achieves Results

Cultivates Productive Working Relationships

Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity

Communicates with Influence

These five capabilities form the basis of staff selection for many Australian government leadership jobs. The Queensland Government uses similar capabilities.

Understanding leadership capabilities and being able to describe how you have demonstrated these is very important for success in winning any government or private sector leadership role. Many people fail to impress when applying for leaderships roles because they do not show that they can shape strategic thinking. In addition, leadership candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with influence, not just to communicate.

 

 

 

 

If you work for an organisation that recruits on ‘merit’ (most publically funded organisations), you will generally be required to go through a competitive selection process to win a promotion. For some people this means applying for a job that they have been doing or ‘acting-in’ for months. Here are some tips to help you secure a promotion.

·         continually acquire new skills and knowledge, and demonstrate the behaviours required for positions at a higher level – don’t wait until the position is advertised

·         keep abreast of where your company/Department is heading, and let senior people see what a good job you are doing

·         if you are ‘acting’ in the role, make sure you understand what is expected – it is possible you may not be doing the full duties, and no-one has told you

·         before applying for a promotion, do the same research about your company that your job competitors will be doing (e.g. Company goals, Strategic Plans, Annual reports, and other key documents)

·         if you are moving from a technical role to a staff management or leadership role, you will need to show leadership capabilities, not just technical competence

·         don’t assume that the way the job has been done in the past is the way that your Company still wants it to be done.  Ask the same questions that your competitors will be asking of the job selection contact person (e.g. Do you anticipate any major changes in the short and medium term? What are the key challenges that this position will need to address over the next 2 years?).

·         do not rest on your laurels. You will be competing with talented people who have put a lot of effort into researching and preparing for the selection process.

·         being interviewed by people you know can be disconcerting. Do not assume that because you are known by the selection panel that they will fill in any gaps. You have to demonstrate and describe fully your experiences and actions, just like your competitors.

·         do not use the ‘I’m too busy to write a good application’ or ‘I’m not good at interviews’ as an excuse. Find the time for things that are important, and get some assistance with interview practice.

If you have been doing a great job, and you are well prepared, you can go into a selection process with confidence.

 

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Cheryl

 

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