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Question stream 3 - for those who are preparing for their next step in their career planning - on jobs/internships/research positions of relevance to EU and security
This question stream will focus on things to remember when preparing for the next step, typically an interview or a written test. For many in an increasingly competitive environment it is vital to understand what interview panel members may have in their heads when looking at an interviewee.
I belong to those who have been successful but I have also failed miserably several times in interview situations and I have seen others fail in ways which could have been easily prevented.
It is both a matter of posture in the interview situation and a matter of preparing for the interview through substantial reading. To some extent the lessons to be learned in this regard are generic, to some extent specific to the EU context.
Posture in job interviews
There is not one correct answer as regards this skill. Perceptions and priorities in an interview panel is also a cultural and political issue. Above all you need to consider whether from the start you have a real chance of getting this position or not. Considering the context for the job opening is essential to bring you the calm necessary for the interview or the test. Some applicants may have better chances than others – due to geographical, gender, political or other balancing criteria. In the end you may have done a very good interview and still not landed the job. You constantly need to consider several options for your future career.
Generic preparation methods
The comprehensive approach method as outlined in the EU and Security Handbook is key.
It is a very bad method to start writing an answer to an essay question without taking the time to think about the time available and the structure of the answer. Mind mapping techniques etc. can help.
Above all do not get stuck on facts and figures. You need to find ways to zoom out in order to be able to zoom in to make three-four points in an answer.
Defining reading priorities
But mind mapping techniques require a frame of reference to start with. Above all you need to have an understanding of the frame of reference of the interview panel members. To define reading priorities may seem very difficult for an outsider. But there are ways to go about this which will be discussed in this stream of questions.
Some interview panels may be looking at you as a member or a manager of a team. Others may look at your qualifications in terms of substantial understanding of the issues involved.