Interview Surgery

Interview surgery

The interview surgery is the place where you can share experiences and get answers to your interview questions. It's easy to get involved; simply send in your interview question, or offer your advice on another question using the comment box below.

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People take being made redundant as a personal reflection on their abilities. It's not. Companies are constantly 'reorganising' and often lose incredibly talented people as a result. Just tell the truth but tell it in a matter of fact manner rather than sounding bitter. Make sure you're emphasising your skills for the new position. Many managers have been made redundant in their career so don't just assume your interviewer will be hostile. And yes, I've been made redundant more than once.

I have a good career history, but unfortunately made redundant quite alot - just been in the wrong place at the wrong time and I am finding it difficult to explain this at interview.

I left my last job because it just became too demanding with my home life, but that is much better now - teenage daughter, and so I feel ready to go back to work again as I did for the 12 years before this blip. But it seems not good to be honest to HR people or recruiters, because they think you are so unreliable. Any advice would be apppreciated how best to handle this situation.

I was an electronics bench engineer, repairing equipment for 23 years and suddenly found myself redundant due to cheap imports making repairs unviable. I set a path in IT with two free courses Levels 2&3 in "PC Maintenance". Despite gaining both all with distinctions, I have little or no interest from job applications.15 months on, the money offered for such jobs (as I am capable of) is pathetic in comparison with claims made initially. I fully expected low training money but, these jobs expect fully experienced people for £13,500. The one and only job advertised as a training paid job turned out to be a con costing £8000 for a 1 month training course and the promise of paid work experience for a year after! The Windows 2000 course is out of date too and frankly I wonder if I've just wasted my time and effort? There seems little hope and the impact of long unemployment has brought a myriad of associated financial and emotional problems too. Prior to these courses I had next to little or no knowledge of computing but although I've learnt a hell of a lot I have also come to realise the immense mountain I will have to climb! I am not a "quitter" but the pressure to perform and earn to help my wife who is supporting me and our 3 year old is becoming too great. The picture that was painted of IT initially was of copious employment, great pay and opportunities and the promise of a rosy future. The cold hard truth seems very different! The wages are only good for seasoned professionals with vast experience in highly specialised areas. The competition for me is much much younger and intense which probably explains the poor pay. As to the lack of training and apprenticeships, it staggers me that there are none I can find! I am losing hope and need direction, can anyone help me please?

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