If you’re out in the job marketplace, interviewing for a new role, you’re bound to run across competency-based interviewing. It sits alongside skills tests – which test for knowledge and the ability to put it into practice in a short time – and follows the basic screening process of reviewing CVs for buzzwords (cynical? me?). … More Competency-based Interviewing
Wind back the clock … Day 1 in the new job. We’ve all been there, and we’ll likely be there again. One of the things I learned from my “Outplacement Consultancy” (part the new terminology I learned when I was made redundant) was just how normal redundancy is in the modern world. Redundancy isn’t a … More Dokimasiphobia: Fear and the Probation Period
‘What is a Software Development Manager?’ is adapted from a piece I wrote quite a few years ago. I’d been a manager for perhaps three or four years, and I was getting involved in recruitment. So I persuaded several colleagues to write “employee casebooks” about their roles. To make it fair, I made myself write … More What is a Software Development Manager?
Daniel, my nephew, is well into a Business Studies degree at Aston University. A while back, he asked uncle Bill to review his assignment, which was to compare and contrast the workplace motivation theories of Vroom on one hand, and of Locke & Latham on the other. Skillfully I avoided looking too ignorant about who … More Using SMART goals is OK, but SMARTEST is best
…and Mission Statements, Goals and all the rest. Is it just corporate gobbledegook, or does any of it have real relevance to how we do business day to day? This debut post revisits a topic I grappled with as an already-seasoned manager in the aftermath of yet another course on how to manage. And if … More Visions, Values and Principles, part 1