Title: Invited for a Job Interview? Now What?
Authors: Claire Jenkins, Anita Pickerden
Category: Careers, Job Hunting
I had the pleasure of meeting author, Claire Jenkins at a recent networking event and was interested to hear about the launch of her new book, written in collaboration with Anita Pickerden. Invited for a Job Interview? Now What? is a delightful little guidebook breaking down all of the elements of preparing for, dressing for, and attending an interview.
With three teenagers under my roof who are at the Saturday job/University stage in their development, I thought this guide would be perfect to help them prepare for the experiences ahead.
What struck me straight away about this book was how positive it is. We’ve all applied for jobs, attended interviews, and being unsuccessful, but this guide shows you how to use this kind of experience to strengthen your interview techniques.
There are exercises throughout to test your knowledge and work out the finer details of the roles you are applying for. The section on researching the company you would like to work with was incredibly useful.
Whether you’re a school leaver looking for a weekend job, a mother returning to work after having children, or someone who wants to change roles/industry/company then this book is a valuable guide.
This book is designed to help you to be successful at your next interview. It contains lots of helpful hints and tips, practical advice and simple exercises to help you to improve your interview preparation techniques. You’ll walk in feeling more confident in yourself and what you have to offer to your new employer.
Claire Jenkins – With over 25 years’ experience of interviewing in the private, public and charity sectors she works with clients all over the world through the ‘magic’ of Skype or FaceTIme and with all age groups from teenagers and University undergraduates right through to the over 60s. She’s helped people to get jobs in sectors as diverse as: banking, aviation, legal, automotive, civil service, IT / data analysis, health, media, sport, public utilities and into academia. Claire’s clients are now working for organisations as wide ranging as: Ernst and Young, BBC, NATO, Dyson, Sky, KPMG, Jaguar Land Rover, Thomson Airways, NHS, Sport Wales, Royal Mail, Capita, Electoral Commission, Welsh Water, Time Out, Savills UK, TES Global, Camden Council, Roche, Crown Prosecution Service, RAF Cosford, Leeds Beckett University, Robin Hood Airport …and the list goes on Guardian Careers regularly use Claire as an “Expert Panelist” for live web chats on anything job interview related. Claire was a National “Investors in People” Award winner for her staff development and recruitment work at The Countryside Agency and is Civil Service Job Interview Panel trained – the Gold Standard in its sector
Dr Anita Pickerden was a lecturer in Further Education Colleges and Universities, designing and delivering high quality training programmes in Leadership and Management. She continues to teach in these areas, mainly in a work-based environment, for example on Executive Education programmes and managing Work Based Project modules on a Retail Management degree. Her PhD research shows that good work life balance can improve employee engagement and she works with associates to improve productivity and work performance through training; coaching and evaluation. Her company offers Work Life Balance and Resilience coaching programmes. Anita trained with the Centre for Coaching from 2004-2007, gaining qualifications in Coaching, Psychological Coaching, Coaching for Performance, Organisational Stress Management and Coaching for Health & Wellbeing. She also holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in NLP & Health from Central NLP. She has coached people in preparing for interviews since 2015, and helps individuals to get themselves ‘work-ready’ through an online support network called Work Horizons.