Phew, this morning was intense! I had an interview for the role of a Maritime Operations Officer (lowest rank of Coastguard), what an unpleasant experience.
is it just me that deeply dislikes interviews, does anyone dream of going in (or as in my case, going online) for them?
I struggle with the STAR (Situation, Task, Actions, Result) format that recruiters and HR specialists seem to like so much. When I’ve formed my idea for an answer, I tend to still generalise too much and they ask me to be more specific.
I wonder how much school/college prepares students to tackle this sort of thing. I was in the forces for 40 years, so I’ve got a wealth of experiences to draw on for the scenarios they ask about. But a recent school/college graduate with little life experience, wanting to get in on the ground floor of an organisation? I mean, come on!! Don’t get me started on Civil Service “Success Profiles”.
The role I interviewed for this morning is right at the bottom of the organisation (a Civil Service post these days) but you’d think they were looking for a senior officer from their questions. With all the research I did into the MCA & HMCG, practice typing and maths revision I really need a rest now...