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How would you like to be remembered?

In my previous blog I discussed the value of looking at things from the other person’s point of view, and in particular, how understanding what makes employers tick might help you when you are thinking about how to engage with them.

The assessment centre is a perfect example of engaging with an employer, and of course it tends to happen at a time when you want to make the best possible impression on the company that you hope will hire you.  So how can putting yourself in another person’s shoes help you to perform at your best on the day? Continue Reading

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If you really want to understand someone, walk a mile in their shoes

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is the importance of seeing things from the other person’s perspective.  I learned it on my first assignment in my first graduate job, when four weeks out of University I found myself managing a project, working on the client site, sitting next to my customer every day.  Pretty daunting.

I had to understand what their key issues were very quickly: they were paying for my time by the hour and understandably, they wanted to see results.  The approach I developed still serves me well now, 22 years later.  So how does this apply to you?  Can putting yourself in the other person’s shoes help you get a graduate job….? Continue Reading