From the Headmaster's blog...
Posted 4 April, 2019
Looking for a job?Here are seven things to avoid when looking for a position; seven answers thatrequired a little more thought; seven tips for a successful interview (modified from the NRL School to work Newsletter).None of these things were terminal but they did not help
Here are seven answers to avoid
- The handshake that felt like gripping warm playdoh.
- The person who answered his mobile phone, “Not now - I’m in the interview right now - yes, so far so good - OK - see you - don’t forget it’s bin night.”
- The scratcher.
- The lady who kept calling me Roger.
- The apology: Sorry I’m late but I did not realise that Wollondilly was past Sydney.
- The applicant for a teaching position in a Megadeth T-Shirt and ripped jeans.
- The inquiry: Does the position require Working With Children? I don’t like them much. I am more of a dog and cat person.
And to finish, seven tips to improve your chances
- Q: So what attracts you to the College? A: I’m not sure. I am looking at a few schools.
- Q: In the job information sheet you would have seen the five things that we stand for. How would you incorporate these in the workplace? A: Can you tell me what they are again?
- Q: We are a Christian school. How does Jesus influence your life? A: Jesus seems like a good fellow but I’m not sure how Jesus Christ fits into Christianity.
- Q: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? A: I do not have any.
- Q: What particular aspect of the position description appeals to you? A: Probably most of it, but there are a few things that you will need to change if I decide to come.
- Q: Do you have any questions to ask us? A: Yes. I have a nice car. Can I have a covered car space?
- Q: Why did you become a teacher? A: I looked at the Army and Journalism but teaching has better sick leave and holidays.
As my old Scout Master used to say …Be prepared!
- Research the company: What are the key things that they stand for.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- Dress appropriately.
- Come prepared. Have your resume. Know the position description.
- Act appropriately. Turn your phone off.
- Smile. Make eye contact. Have a firm handshake.
- Practice some of the answers to questions that you anticipate with a friend or family member beforehand.