Week 8: Marketing teamwork experience to employers
This is the final week of the course! To begin, watch the following video in which Lynne Johnson introduces the week.
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This is your final week on the course. Back in week one, you looked at the problems that the CBI identified in the UK's team-working skills. They pointed out that not only was the lack of teamwork skills affecting productivity, but also the candidates who had the required skills were failing to get employed, as they couldn't communicate them effectively at interview. It's this point that you're going to be looking at in this final week.
Now that you have a better understanding of why employers value this skill and the kind of competencies they're looking for, how can you translate this knowledge into marketing yourself during the application process? Competency-based questions during an interview and group assessment centre activities are two of the main ways employers assess your teamwork skills.
This week, you'll use the STAR strategy to structure your interview questions and consider what an employer is looking for in a group assessment exercise. This will help you evaluate your own experiences of working in teams and consider how you can communicate them in a way that will work.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:
- outline how employers assess team skills in the recruitment process
- understand how to communicate teamwork skills to employers using STAR
- evaluate your own experience of working in teams.