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Job interviews and other business meetings taking place over Skype are becoming increasingly common. You might be able to see one another, but a virtual interview or meeting over the internet is not the same as one face to face and you need to prepare accordingly.

Here are some considerations to help you embrace technology and master a Skype interview.

Dress Professionally
Q. Should you still dress as if you are in a face-to-face interview?

A. Yes – general interview etiquette still applies. The dynamics are different, with body language being the main barrier, so it is vital to make a good impression based on your dress and surroundings.

Don’t be tempted just to dress smartly from the waist-up, assuming that’s all the interviewer will see. As you use Skype more and more you will come across plenty of interview situations where the candidate or the interviewer has had to stand up – that unexpected knock on the door – a mobile phone ringing – situations that can only be dealt with by standing up! Being in formal dress will also help you to feel like it is a formal interview and put you in the right frame of mind.

Pick Your Backdrop Wisely
Q. How much attention will be paid to where you are sitting for the interview?

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Everyday we connect with and forge relationships with new people.

In those few moments of introductions, you need to be able to capture someone's interest and make them remember you.

An 'elevator' pitch or speech is so-named because it's so quick you can tell someone on an elevator ride and draw their interest before the doors open.

This resource will help you form a clear message about you, so you can easily share it with others.

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The Art of the Elevator Pitch: Chris Westfall - Click Here


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This Experiential Learning Styles Questionnaire will help you reflect on how you learn. We all have different ways of learning which relate to our personality, background and occupation. Each learning style is effective in some situations. Your personal learning style profile will help you understand yourself a little better.

We all have different ways of learning which relate to our personality, background and occupation. Each learning style is effective in some situations. Your personal learning style profile will help you understand yourself a little better.

Each learning style is effective in some situations. Your personal learning style profile will help you understand yourself a little better.

This questionnaire can be used as an indivdiual exercise or used as part of a wider team development activity,

How We Learn From Our Experiences Activity


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Most of us have an innate desire to please, which can often lead us to say yes to things we would rather say no to.

Although a positive ‘can-do’ approach seems to be the best way of getting ahead, saying yes to everything can have a negative impact on work and health.

This activity is designed to help you learn how you can say no occasionally, while still appearing an enthusiastic team player.

It can be completed as part of a full development programme or as a ‘stand-alone’ exercise at, for example, a team meeting.

To download this activity Click Here


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In the quest to grow as a leader and as a person, you need others' help, you need to learn fast, and it won’t hurt to make your own luck.

Yves Morieux, senior partner at strategy consultancy Boston Consulting Group, has developed an index to show how business complexity has increased sixfold during the past 60 years alone. Organisational complexity — number of procedures, structures, processes, systems, vertical layers and decision approvals — increased by a factor of 35.

To learn fast, you must be interested in people and ideas, not just yourself.

“Be savvy, flexible, learn from mistakes and collaborate with well-connected people,” wrote Shane Snow, the author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.”

Those who learn fast build diverse knowledge pools and tap into the wisdom of mentors to raise their game. They are fast learners for whom questioning, thinking and growing is the norm.

Here Are Five Ways to Learn More, Faster
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Learning styles were developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford, based upon the work of Kolb, and they identified four distinct learning styles or preferences:

Activist, Theorist; Pragmatist and Reflector.

These are the learning approaches that individuals naturally prefer and they recommend that in order to maximise one's own personal learning each learner ought to:

These are the learning approaches that individuals naturally prefer and they recommend that in order to maximise one's own personal learning each learner ought to:

  • understand their learning style
  • seek out opportunities to learn using that style

To understand your particular learning style Honey and Mumford have developed a Learning Style Questionnaire and with this information, you will be in a far better position to do three really useful things [quoting P. Honey]:

  1. "Become smarter at getting a better fit between learning opportunities and the way you learn best. This makes your learning easier, more effective and more enjoyable. It saves you tackling your learning on a hit-and-miss basis. Equipped with information about your learning preferences, you'll have many more hits and fewer misses."
  2. "Expand the 'bandwidth' of experiences from which you derive benefit. Becoming an all-around learner, increases your versatility and helps you learn from a wide variety of different experiences - some formal, some informal, some planned and some spontaneous."
  3. "Improve your learning skills and processes. Increased awareness of how you learn, opens up the whole process to self-scrutiny and improvement. Learning to learn is your most important capability since it provides the gateway to everything else you want to develop."

Note: However, to be an effective learner you should also develop the ability to learn in other styles too.

To download a copy of the questionnaire  Click Here


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Managing people can be rewarding, and it's also an extremely important role in any organisation.

Research has shown that the first tier of line management (front-line managers, supervisors and team leaders) have the greatest influence on staff performance and engagement to their organisation.

Having skilled and able managers is, therefore, critical to any organisation's success.

ACAS have produced a guide which advises managers about their role and provides guidance on how to approach situations that may arise.

To download this guide, click the following link: ACAS Managing People


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