Category Archives for Career

How To Be More Successful In Second or Final Stage Job Interviews

Hi, it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this week’s video, I want to talk about the second stage or final stage job interview. In previous videos I talked about the preliminary stage or informal chat and the first stage interview. Now the second and hopefully final stage of the job interview process. What you can […]

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How To Succeed In First Stage Formal Job Interviews

Hi it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this week’s video, I want to talk about the importance of you being really well prepared for the first formal interview. You see the first formal interview is when it really starts to get serious. The chances are there will be five or six individuals who have […]

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Success In An Informal Chat or Preliminary Job Interview

Hi, it’s Duncan Brodie here from Goals and Achievements. In this video, I want to talk very briefly about the informal chat or preliminary interview. You see over recent weeks, what I’ve noticed is that more and more of my clients are being invited to go along for an informal chat ahead of the formal interview. Now one […]

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The 7 Most Common Mistakes Candidates Make In Job Interviews and How To Overcome Them

Getting invited to a job interview is a significant achievement. Especially as at the time of writing (during COVID-19) there are an awful lot of candidates chasing each opportunity. This might always have been the case for more junior roles.  However I’ve noticed it being the case for accountants and functional professionals too. Now if you make it […]

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Seizing The Opportunity As A Finance Professional

Without doubt 2020 has been a very different year for businesses. COVID-19 has changed the landscape in most sectors. There have been plenty of challenges already.  Going forward that’s not likely to change. Equally, one of the benefits has been that Finance professionals contributions have become evident to all. It’s taken leadership.  It’s taken courage.  It’s changed decision making.  There also […]

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7 Things You Can Do To Get Yourself Ahead of The Game When Restarting Your Job Search

We are in a period of uncertainty as a result of COVID-19.  Right now it’s difficult to predict when we will return to some sort of normality. Equally no one is clear what that new normality will look like. There has a been a lot of support to businesses from government.  Necessary and welcomed. Of course there’s always […]

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How Many Potential Questions Should You Identify Ahead of A Job Interview?

Job interviews tend to follow a similar pattern. Typically 60-90 minutes for a first formal interview. In that time there’s a limit on how many questions you are going to be asked. Of course how many questions you will be asked and how many you need to be ready for is very different. Whenever I’m speaking about landing your […]

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The Value Of A Mock Interview Ahead Of The Real Thing

Job interviews are part and parcel of landing your next job. If your application has done its job and got you through the screening process, you are a big step closer to getting the job. Here’s the problem.  Many accountants and professionals struggle in job interviews. This might surprise you.  On the other hand think about it. Most of […]

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Determining What’s Really Critical To Success In A Role Before The Job Interview

Job interviews are becoming more and more challenging. There’s much more competition. Even getting to the job interview stage itself is challenging. Your application might not even get looked at by a human being initially if applicant tracking software is being used. If you have made it through the screening process and being invited to the job interview, your […]

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Are You A/B Testing Your CV?

You know as a candidate your CV has one objective.  To get you invited to the job interview. Sounds really simple in theory.  In practice it’s a whole lot tougher. Creating a good CV is difficult.  There’s plenty of advice out there.  Yet for some accountants and professionals it can be a struggle. I’ve reviewed a lot of […]

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