9 August 2019 - From Accidental Admin to CTO - My Journey

As a kid at school I would get regular reports and I remember one that said “Amanda is a lovely girl, loves to chat”. My dad read this and thought, well that’s nice, my daughter is stupid. My father aspired for me to be a Secretary when I grew up and then adjusted this to be a Bilingual Secretary when he realised I had a flair for languages. 

As for me, I didn’t really have a ‘calling’. I did well in my GCSE’s so did my A Levels. I got the results from them which meant I could go to University, the first in my family to do so. I studied Business as I thought I would be more useful for a career. 
Fast forward many years and I entered into the job market and had a few roles in Sales, Marketing and PR. Don’t get me wrong, I was good at these roles but I just got a bit tired of the forever shifting values on targets. It was time for a career change. 
I moved into a Business Development role to help build a team and processes when my Director said we needed a CRM. A what? I Googled and found …

27 July 2019 - Are you interview ready?

At the beginning of my career I was often asked during interviews what my dissertation subject was. I would watch my interviewer carefully and see many visibly gulp as I gave my response; "subjectivity within recruitment and selection". (For my business degree I specialised in Human Resources and Marketing in my last year). Suddenly the balance of power oh so slightly shifted towards me. I would give a wry smile and think to myself, yes I know what you’re doing. Often my interviewer would be keen to learn my findings. 

In a nutshell here’s what I found out. For legal reasons it’s a good idea to gather evidence to show the chosen candidate has the capability to do the job. Devise objective methods to find this out, whether it be by questioning and/or technical tests. 
Subjectivity does play an important part in the decision making process though and this is permissible. If you have managed to whittle down your candidates to a small selection who are all capable of doing the job…