Just to let you know that I was successful in my application for Director for the Board of Invest NI. I could not have done it without your help and assistance. Thanks so much. You are a legend.
(NB Kieran met Jean Haworth for guidance on preparing for a Competency Based Interview using the STAR approach.)
Before my interview, I felt I needed someone to check through my ideas as it had been some time since my last interview.
Jean Haworth guided me through my examples in a very methodical manner and gave me pointers on how to develop further and add value. She pointed out where I was selling myself short and stressed the need to have a more positive approach to my responses.
I came away feeling more in control of the situation and confident that I could answer whatever questions would come my way. I left our meeting fired up to give my best performance, which I did, and got the job.
Jean Haworth encouraged me to adopt a different approach to competence- based interviews. In the past, I would have focused on the theory and talked in very general terms about what I could do in a work- related situation. I found previous interviews very stressful.
Having worked with Jean, she highlighted the importance of experience and drawing on that experience. She also stressed the importance of preparing for interview. Knowing the competencies required for the role and being able to provide specific examples from past experiences which demonstrated my skills and abilities in each competency area of the job applied for.
As result of Jean’s guidance and advice, my interview turned out to be quite enjoyable. Having prepared thoroughly, I was able to easily recall past situations and relate them to the questions in hand, highlighting to the interviewers my suitability for the role.
Finally I was successful in being appointed to the role of Board Member.
I was given Jean Haworth‘s contact details by a colleague as I had been unsuccessful in five previous competency-based interviews and wanted to know where I was going wrong. Jean was a huge help to me giving me the confidence and knowledge to prepare for my interview. The guidance and practical advice was a success as I am now employed in a permanent job after my latest competency-based interview with my employer.
I would highly recommend anyone that is attending a competency-based interview in the future to spend a few hours with Jean as you won’t regret it.
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