Interviewing

The #1 Interviewing Mistake, Plus 5 More Lessons

The #1 Interviewing Mistake, Plus 5 More Lessons

It’s common for a potential candidate to have a semi-interview with the job’s supervisor all set up weeks before the job is ever published online. That’s why you need to activate your networks, AND prepare well for a job BEFORE you apply. Here’s how.

Numbers, numbers, numbers !!! (or, how to talk about your management experience on your CV)

Numbers, numbers, numbers !!! (or, how to talk about your management experience on your CV)

The hardest thing about getting a job in international development often feels like the invisible competition of the thousands of applicants who apply for a single role. “I was sent a pack of CVs for my recommended top 5 candidates for a relatively entry-level job […]

How to tell if you’ll get that consultancy

How to tell if you’ll get that consultancy

“Do you like telling people what to do?” Jennifer had asked me, only half joking, during our informal interview for my first major consulting role. “Oh, yes, very much,” I’d laughed back, half serious, remembering a childhood full of being called “bossy,” later tempered by […]

How to become a UNV

How to become a UNV

I thought I’d work in the non-profit sector in Belgium. That’s what I had foreseen. Not working in the Amazon with indigenous communities, nor visiting tiny villages in rural Congo.. This sector is so unpredictable. Maybe they will close a programme, or the NGO will leave the country. You never really know for sure.

The interview went well. What can I do to ensure they pick me?

The interview went well. What can I do to ensure they pick me?

“Yesterday I had an interview with UNHCR. It went quite well. Most of the questions were fairly standard — albeit that one of the panelists seemed a little disappointed when I said — after he’d asked — that I don’t have experience with a few […]

How to handle Impostor Syndrome

How to handle Impostor Syndrome

My phone rings at 11:05 a.m on Monday morning; I’m at the grocery store, stuffing spinach into a canvas tote bag. The number is not a local one; I answer, and don’t recognise the voice at the other end, amidst the shuffle at the check-out […]