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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Touch, Pause and Engage*: What you might expect at the start of an applied sports science interview.

Previous blogs in this series
1. Introduction
2. Making an impressive impression

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

                                                                        Lao Tzu

The interviewing begins and the selectors welcome you. There are reams of work written on polite small-talk (“Where are you based?” etc), handshaking (research says avoid limp handshakes – otherwise you may as well slap a 4 week old leaf of Cos lettuce 



  1. A great question from @bez1983 Would it be ok for shortlisted candidates to contact an interviewer to clarify expectations about a presentation brief? sometimes I've felt pres. briefs to be vague and that there's an agenda/structure/topic they're testing you to meet.

  2. There is a strange haze that transcends the pre-interview period where interviewee and interviewer apply rigid protocol to what they can and can't talk about. Some prefer the secrets act, but I am a little more relaxed and think it is a good sign for a candidate to make phone/email/in-person enquiries. Yes presentation titles can be vague, but that allows room for candidates to be creative and show the experience in tackling a big topic. it also tests whether they have been there and done it (even just a bit) by acknowledging the various venues or ways of interpreting the issues, and rationalising why they have chosen such a tack. So in a nutshell, pre-interview discussion with the appointing manager is fine and dandy, but I think candidates should use their initiative and crack on with the task set by themselves (and assume no conspiracy). Hope that helps.

    1. Thanks Steve, that's really interesting and useful to hear. I totally agree on using some initiative but I've also been told in the past that I didn't approach a presentation in the way the panel were hoping. It was disappointing to hear when I felt it hit the brief but they had preferred the secrets act in advance. Obviously it was a good experience to learn from, and I only have my opinion of how well it met the brief, but it was frustrating having sought some clarification in advance - that's why I wanted to ask the original question to you that I did!