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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...


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...or maybe a cool beverage?

I remember University taught us all about ‘transferrable skills’ and how to adapt your own skill set to different roles - it was useful! But, as you say @Antski the issue is many people interview as though they’re hiring a new CEO!

I think a leaf out of @25 quid’s book is needed post interview!

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Really interesting read, Ant 👍👍👍👍, thanks for sharing. 

Sometimes tho, the interviews you think you’ve done great at, you hear nothing from, and those you think you’ve sooooo blown, you end up getting the job 😳😳😳😳😳. Often, they’re looking at the bigger picture, the way you answer something, not necessarily the actual answer itself, ya know 🤷‍♀️. 

Keep us posted! You may just get that offer yet! 🤞🤞🤞

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@Antski look on the bright side, at least they didn’t ask you about piano tuners...or did they?

If you get the job you’ll be a MOO! :cow:

 

 

 

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@Antski  -  good luck 👍👍👍🍀🍀

At least you attended the interview! A good friend of mine is desperate for more employees. 35 applied for the jobs, 4 turned up for interview, 2 were not up to it, the other two lasted 2 days. Some of his suppliers are hitting the same problem. Many don’t want jobs. They have become accustomed to not working and living off the State. To continue to get their benefits they have to show they are trying for a job. What is just as worse is the unemployment or benefits office to whom they report never once make contact to ask if so and so turned up or if there was an issue. And we continue to pay their benefits.

As for interview technics many interviewers are clueless about what to ask. Turn up looking presentable, look the questioner in the eye, smile, take a deep breath before answering the question. If you can overcome any nervousness try to read the body language of those interviewing you. Remember also that a good interviewer may not ask about your skills for the job as he or she knows what you have,  you have told them in advance with your CV, they are looking for what experience of life you may have, whether you will fit in and if you have the ability to apply what you know. The latter is the meaning of intelligence - not how much you know but whether you have the ability to apply what you know. Many are short of that ability, including those with First Class Honours degrees, umpteen A levels etc.

I once interviewed a young lady for a job with me and her CV said she liked reading. The job was a secretarial position. It came about that in her current job she was not secretarial staff but was a welder. I asked about what she liked to read. Back came the answer “I like reading comics.”

Has there been any updates with the role @Antski?

I hope you managed to have a nice afternoon in the end after the interview - whether that was with a stiff drink or a hot tea!

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Sort of good news, in that I got an email this week saying that I had "reached the required standard", strange terminology I thought, not just 'passed the interview'? But they are unable to offer me a job immediately anyway and I've been put on a reserve list which expires in a year. The extra information about the role that I got at the end of the interview put me off quite a bit anyway. Salary is capped at Civil Service AO grade, around £22,000 with about £5000 bonus on top possible for shifts, night & weekend work. The work pattern is 12 hour shifts 4 days on, 4 off. The training is done at the MCA Fareham HQ which would mean a fair few weeks away there.

Having just retired from a long career in the Royal Navy I am not so keen on that work/life balance. So for now I will just continue with volunteering positions that suit me, and keep an ear to the ground for other positions.

@Antski Sounds like they appointed somebody  else but did not want to reject you - possibly in case who they have appointed is a failure. Trust your instincts. Could you relate to the people interviewing you? Did they seem competent?  It does not though sound like a job I would fancy if I have had the career you have had. Great experience though to attend for an interview. As said go with your gut feeling.

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I’m always a bubbling buffoon in interviews. I hate them 

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Sort of good news, in that I got an email this week saying that I had "reached the required standard", strange terminology I thought, not just 'passed the interview'? But they are unable to offer me a job immediately anyway and I've been put on a reserve list which expires in a year. The extra information about the role that I got at the end of the interview put me off quite a bit anyway. Salary is capped at Civil Service AO grade, around £22,000 with about £5000 bonus on top possible for shifts, night & weekend work. The work pattern is 12 hour shifts 4 days on, 4 off. The training is done at the MCA Fareham HQ which would mean a fair few weeks away there.

Having just retired from a long career in the Royal Navy I am not so keen on that work/life balance. So for now I will just continue with volunteering positions that suit me, and keep an ear to the ground for other positions.

I hope you find something soon :) good luck 

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@Antski I’d write back and politely ask whether they appointed someone to the job and ask what they considered your weaknesses were for not being first choice. (word it more diplomatically perhaps?)

Their response is a cop out (in my opinion), and it shows a certain type  of arrogance (perhaps it’s Civil Service policy?) in the assumption that you’ll sit around hoping to get a job offer. 

or maybe best not to reply at all….

 

Thanks for the update @Antski - 12 hour shifts sound rather intense. :flushed:  Keeping your ear to the ground sounds like a very good idea, plenty more jobs in the sea as they say haha!

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Just to update my topic, a Coastguard HR Resourcing agent recently came back to me asking if I was still interested in the position. I’ve said that I’m not, the long shifts at that level of salary just wasn’t attractive enough for me. I admire the role that HM Coastguard do, but the MOO role wasn’t what I thought when I first applied. I’ve got a dog and so I’d have had to pay for dog daycare too. I quite like my semi-retired life, just need to keep a close eye on the finances!

So for now I’ll just keep on with the WetWheels volunteering and maybe find something new later in the year.

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Nice choice Ant. If you can manage financially, then continue to do what makes you happy, and what you enjoy doing most 👍👍👍👍👏. Lovely that you’re  keeping us updated. 

Just to update my topic, a Coastguard HR Resourcing agent recently came back to me asking if I was still interested in the position. I’ve said that I’m not, the long shifts at that level of salary just wasn’t attractive enough for me. I admire the role that HM Coastguard do, but the MOO role wasn’t what I thought when I first applied. I’ve got a dog and so I’d have had to pay for dog daycare too. I quite like my semi-retired life, just need to keep a close eye on the finances!

So for now I’ll just keep on with the WetWheels volunteering and maybe find something new later in the year.

Have to admit I’m disappointed we’re not getting a MOO but good for you @Antski 

At least they wanted you! Which is a nice feeling isn’t it?

Sounds like a good decision well made @Antski

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