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6 of the best TED talks to watch before a Job Interview

From the moment you submit your CV for a job vacancy, the anxiety and trepidation about the interview process can set in.  You will want to present yourself in the best possible light to make that all important first impression on your prospective new employer. If you are the diligent type you will research the company and existing employees, finding out who they are and what their most important policies are.  But how else can you ensure that you present as the best candidate for the vacancy?

Here are our picks of the 6 best TED talks to watch before a job interview:


  • You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”
  • 21:02

    Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. (Note: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read Amy Cuddy’s response under “Learn more” below.)
  • 9:58

    Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
  • 11:44

    When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”
  • 20:26

    What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.
  • 10:31

    Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”

For more tips and strategies on interviews please contact us at info@thcrecruitment.co.uk

For more amazing and inspirational videos check out www.Ted.com

Yes, it’s true, recruiters and employers, both current and potential are looking at you online. Your profiles and your online presence can be make or break in terms of you getting that ultimate pay rise, promotion or career break. So, how can you ensure that who you are online will boost your career prospects and not harm them?


 Here is our ultimate guide to cleaning up and optimising your online profiles to acquire that promotion or new job:

The Clean up

  1. We should start with profile photos as these are the first port of call when searching a candidate or employee online. Make sure you use appropriate images for the platforms you are using. Facebook and Twitter allow you a slightly more relaxed approach, whereas LinkedIn should always be professional. Dress for the job you want and not the job you have, has never been truer!
  2. Profile biographies not only give people an insight into who you are but they are also searchable terms. Your job title, company you work for and skillset should be clear. Your hobbies and interests should be concise and relevant.
  3. Google yourself to see what is visible about you online. Photos that you have uploaded, updates that you thought were private may be public. This gives you the chance to clean up your social media and any personal blogs that you may have forgotten about!
  4. Lock down your Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter profiles so that only friends get to share in your life outside of office hours. Check regularly that your settings are private.



  1. List your qualifications and be honest. Lying about qualifications is one of the top reasons for rejecting a candidate for a job role or promotion
  2. Include a detailed work history, with clear job titles and well-written job descriptions that describe both your responsibilities and your key accomplishments. Most people stop at dates and job titles, wasting this opportunity to promote their experience and to add important keywords to their Profiles.
  3. Within your Profile biography, include the keywords that tie to your desired industry and profession. These keywords could be inserted in different areas within your Profile such as your job descriptions, Profile summary, headline and even your website descriptions. One of the best methods to find these keywords is to review recent job descriptions for the roles you are targeting and see what keywords are repeated over and over again.
  4. Make certain to network and get connections in your target companies. That way, you will show up as a connection for LinkedIn’s recruiter’s referral search. And if you have an interesting profile, someone from that company is likely to reach out to you.

For more information or advice on changing career or recruiting new talent please get in touch with us at THC Recruitment or call 01279 713900.

​​​Given our wealth of experience in recruiting and interviewing potential candidates for clients, we firmly believe there’s no doubt that candidates who ask great interview questions have a higher success rate of securing that dream job than those that do not. Here are our top eight interview questions but are there any you would add from your own experience?


1. What position/role will I fill?
This may sound obvious but actually it is not always clear cut. This could be a brand new position but more often than not you are filling a gap in the team. Is this company hoping for a creative ideas person, a game changer or a rule follower. Will you be mentoring or will you be mentored?

Naturally, we will be instrumental in giving you the detailed background to the role we are recruiting for, but there is a great opportunity for you to get to the specifics of what your position is supposed to be, within the interview itself.

2. Why does this role matter to the growth of the company?
Use this question to explore the expected level of engagement. Will you be leading from the front or bringing up the rear guard?

3. Who is in my team?
The best interviews include three to four team members. If that is not the case in your interview, use this question to gain insight into team dynamics and personalities.

4. What would I be doing in my job that will benefit the whole team?
By asking this question you will find out to whom you have the greatest responsibility to and what you will need to do to keep the other team members on board. Each team member will see your role as fulfilling the areas they need resourcing.

5. What are additional important skills I will need to do this job well?
What are the soft skills needed for this particular job? ​Find out if the company needs someone who is also a self-starter or works well in teams or a little of both. This is also an excellent time to bring up any additional skills you have that are appropriate for position.​

6. How does the company measure success?
Identifying how your progress in this position will be measured will give you a better idea of whether or not you will be successful. Get specifics on what your deliverables will be per project.   If applicable, ask about common work habits of people who have had this position in the past whom the company considered successful and worked well.

7. What would you expect from me when I start, in 6 months, in one year?
It’s clever to find out what you will need to deliver in the next coming months. The likelihood is that your employer has a trajectory for your role in mind so it is important to ascertain this, if possible, from the offset.

8. What is your mission?
This is a key question in our opinion. Research shows that employees are most happy when their goals align with those of their employers. Also, whilst you will be able to find a company mission statement on the company website, what it means and how it relates to each interviewer differs so it is an important one to ask.

Despite the different interviews stages you might go through within the same company, if you meet different managers ask your questions again as you will get different responses from different people. If your potential company asks you if you have any further questions for them, make sure you do.

If you need any advice or need more information call us on 01279 713900 or visit www.thcrecruitment.co.uk.


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