Monthly Archives: August 2014

Reframing a job interview as a class

So I had an interview for an eLearning Developer job the other day and I feel like I fizzed it.

I’m not entirely sure why – I’m utterly qualified for the position (it’s pretty much an exact match for the work that I’ve been doing for the last 11 years – just in a university rather than a TAFE setting) and I put together a pretty killer application. I also did a pretty solid job on working up a response to the scenario they gave me in advance of the interview.

It’s essentially a job that is made for me – I’d even be taking a not insubstantial pay-cut but I’m keen for some new challenges and opportunities and I’m happy to wear that.

The interview itself though – I don’t know, I was rambly, I was nervous, I’m not sure that I really answered the questions. I was very mindful of interview tips and techniques that I’ve read about – be engaged, don’t talk about pay and conditions, do your research, don’t raise negatives about your old employer – and yet…

The end of the interview felt a lot like every bad date I’ve ever been on – nothing to be said or done beyond “well it was nice meeting you”

After a few days of moping and eating too much sugar and fat, I’ve realised that I need to frame the interview experience completely differently.

I walked into that room as a supplicant, hoping that the interviewers in their infinite wisdom and kindness might bestow a job upon me.

What I should’ve done is treat it like I’m running a workshop in what a great team member I could be. When I’m in teacher mode, I’m a different person. (I’m sure we all are)

There’s no room for doubt, there’s just me, the material and the learners. And if someone out there is better equipped to run a workshop about me, I’ve yet to meet them. (I don’t think I’d want to either)

So this is a plan from here on in – it’s not an interview, it’s not a request – it’s a lesson about me as their prospective employee.



Crap detection – tools for information literacy

Howard Rheingold and a number of other Internetizens are curating a great list of resources that should help you sort the information wheat from the chaff online.

The (current) full list is available as a Google Doc.

It does have a slightly American flavour but as a living document there is always the option to suggest your own, local additions.

It includes links to Whois services, Google Image Search, various Factcheck websites, Snopes, the WayBack machine and many more.

Certainly a great place to start if you’re reading something online that doesn’t quite ring true.