To help our jobseekers improve their job interview performance jobs.ac.uk ran a FREE 60-minute live online video event on Thursday 12th June 2014. Don’t worry if you missed it as you can watch the recording below, simply click the play button. To be the first to find out about future events please follow us on Google+ or Twitter.
Interviews can be nerve-racking experiences. Academic job interviews in particular can be all-day events which usually involve a panel interview of three or more people and a lecture or presentation to future colleagues.
You may have great teaching and research experience, but how can you persuade them you are the right person for the job? How detailed should your teaching and learning strategies be? How can you convey your administration experience? What should your 5-10 year research plan include?
To help you identify how you can stand out from the crowd at your next job interview, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a Google+ Hangout on Air.
jobs.ac.uk Google+ Hangouts on Air are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. As the video is streaming live online you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation.
We want to give you the chance to hear key advice right from the experts themselves but more than that we want you to be involved too! Anyone who attends the Hangout will have the unique opportunity to ask our experts direct questions during the discussion.
Get YOUR questions answered
We want to hear from you - our #jobsQ Live Video Hangouts are a two way conversation between our panel of dedicated experts and you.
Contact us now via email to ask a question and we will put as many topics/questions as possible to our panel on the day. Here’s how to get involved;
Use our #jobsQ hashtag at the start of your question…
REMEMBER you can send us your questions any time before the Hangout and also live during the video streaming. We’re looking forward to having you involved!
Free 'Academic Job Interview Toolkit'
As an added bonus anyone who registers to attend this Hangout will receive first access to our new resource, 'Academic Job Interview Toolkit'. This includes a useful preparation template & a handy checklist.
We have picked a panel of experienced, passionate and friendly experts all keen to help answer your academic interview questions.
Aimee Bateman Founder/Host of Careercake.com, Recruiter, Careers Speaker and Coach
‘Aimee is incredibly knowledgeable and fantastic to watch’ - former Dragon and recruitment entrepreneur, James Caan
Since graduating Aimee has spent ten years working for some of the largest recruitment companies including Hays Plc, Red Recruitment and Robert Half International. In 2011 Aimee set up her own consultancy and her award winning careers website Careercake.com.
Talent and Innovation winner at the 2013 Institute of Director Awards, her success has seen her front a number of TV programmes recently as ‘the recruitment expert’.
Aimee has been quoted in The Independent, Observer, Glamour and writes careers articles for The Guardian, Totaljobs.com, Jobsite.co.uk and The Undercover Recruiter
Most recently, she has teamed up with Webrecruit (previously chaired by James Caan) to host the monthly ‘LIVE’ careers Q&A web show. Aimee answers careers questions from job seekers on twitter/facebook through this interactive show. CareerCamLive is increasing in viewing numbers, has been featured in The Huffington Post and Jobs and Career Magazine.
In addition, Aimee is the official Careers Coach for AAT (The UK's leading qualification and membership body for accounting staff) and hosts their fortnightly video Q&A as well as various conferences and seminars held for their UK members.
In a nutshell, Aimee is a successful speaker, business ambassador and recognised employment expert.
Sarah Blackford Head of Education & Public Affairs Society for Experimental Biology
Sarah Blackford is the Head of Education & Public Affairs at the Society for Experimental Biology, and an academic careers specialist. Having initially started her career in research at York University, followed by five years in scientific publishing, Sarah switched career paths into careers advisory work in Higher Education (Lancaster and Leeds Universities). For the past 10 years, she has been specializing in coaching and advising PhD students and postdoctoral researchers and recently formalized her experience with a master’s in careers education and guidance (Warwick University). Sarah’s work extends to the international level, as she delivers personal career development workshops and one-to-one coaching in universities and during conferences across Europe and in the US. In 2013 she authored her first book entitled ‘Career planning for research bioscientists’ and much of her on-going advice, services and resources are published on her blog, www.biosciencecareers.org. @Bioscicareer
Michelle Boardman Senior Academic Manager
University of Derby
Michelle Boardman is the Senior Academic Manager at University of Derby Online Learning; the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby. She leads a team of over 300 academics, who are based on campus and remotely around the world. She is involved in recruitment for all levels of staff within academia; remote academics, campus based lecturers, senior management and learning technology support staff.
Michelle leads on academic recruitment for the department and is constantly challenging the traditional methods of recruitment, to ensure Derby attracts the best academics who will inspire students in their learning. She is passionate about ensuring that a robust recruitment process challenges applicants to demonstrate their ability for a role, but also provides them with a taste of what the role will bring.
Prior to joining Derby, Michelle worked in a number of different sectors; the media – 10 years at the BBC producing multi-media learning materials; FE within Skills for Life; charity sector for adult skills and HE leading on technology enhanced learning.
Michelle's research interest focuses on online learning and pedagogies and how they can empower adults from all walks of life to develop their skills.
Professor Paul Harper Professor of Operational Research (OR) and Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics
Paul is Professor of Operational Research (OR) and Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University. He is also Director of the Health Modelling Centre Cymru (hmc2), a pan-Wales centre for modelling in healthcare, Director of Innovation and Engagement for Mathematics, and Director of MSc programmes in OR, Applied Statistics and Risk. His research interests are primarily in mathematical modelling and stochastic methods applied to healthcare systems, and Paul has been an investigator on in excess of £5m of funding from various research councils and direct from the health service. More recently Paul was appointed as an Editor for the journal Health Systems (Palgrave Macmillan).
Paul is particularly passionate about mentoring and working with early career researchers (PhD students, Post-Doctoral Researchers and Lecturers). He has been on many interview panels covering a wide range of posts (up to Chair level) and also as a Senate representative for other disciplines. After his own MSc, he worked in industry as a management consultant for 2 years, providing him with a taste of the 'real-world'! He is active on Google+.
Nadine Holdsworth Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Warwick
Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick where she has been Head of the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies since 2009. She has published Joan Littlewood’s Theatre (2011), Theatre & Nation (2010) and edited John McGrath’s collected writings, Naked Thoughts That Roam About (2002), as well as John McGrath: Plays for England (2005). She has recently completed an edited collection Theatre and National Identity: Reimagining Conceptions of Nation (2014) and is currently researching amateur theatre in the Royal Navy as part of an AHRC funded project called Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space