Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide

Here’s our guide to using the Star technique when answering questions in competency-based job interviewsThere are many types of interviews, from the free flowing to the formal, but one that you are likely to come up against at some point is the competency-based interview.They’re designed to make the job application process as objective as possible, […]
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I am frustrated that my first job has become a nightmare

I’ve only had two days of formal training, and have no faith in my manager. Should I leave at the end of my probation?Each Friday and Monday we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and […]
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Privatised justice is no justice at all | Nina Power

Chris Grayling’s radical changes to legal aid could mean being represented by the same company that jails youImagine the following scenario: you’re on a protest with thousands of others about something you believe in strongly – against the government going to war, say, or against a massive rise in tuition fees, or because the cuts […]
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Citizens Advice: fears grow over charity’s ability to cope with workload

Citizens Advice is taking a greater role in consumer protection, but does it have enough resources to step into the advice gap?Consumers will increasingly have to turn to Citizens Advice as it takes on a growing role in consumer protection – but concerns remain over whether the charity has sufficient resources to cope.Last April the […]
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Monkey nuts withdrawn over ‘may contain nuts’ warning error

Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts taken off Booths’ shelves after label fails to warn customers packet may contain nutsA supermarket chain has withdrawn bags of nuts from sale because they contain nuts.Booths decided to pull its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from shelves because its label does not declare it contains peanuts.The firm has stores […]
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MPs seek ban on ‘damaging’ pension charges

Current system allows employers to transfer costs of financial advice on to employees, as MPs recommend single regulator to oversee workplace pensions”Damaging” pension charges which can wipe huge chunks from people’s retirement pots and undermine confidence in saving must be banned, MPs have urged.The Work and Pensions Committee also wants to see a single regulator […]
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Marine scientists attack government climbdown on marine protection

Academics warn government it could be condemning marine environment to ‘years of overexploitation and degradation’The UK’s top marine scientists have denounced government ministers for reneging on plans to protect marine life by banning the most destructive fishing and dredging in the seas around the British Isles.Sealife, including fish, lobsters, oysters and seahorses, has been in […]
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Axa cuts 450 jobs as it ends face-to-face financial advice

Insurer blames regulations banning commission payments for move affecting staff based in UK bank branchesInsurer Axa is cutting 450 jobs in branches of the Co-operative, Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks under plans to cease face-to-face financial advice.The group blamed the decision on new regulations that banned commission payments, forcing customers to pay up front.Axa has started […]
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Margaret Thatcher, science advice and climate change | Alice Bell

Greenwashing Thatcher’s history does an injustice both to her and to science and technology policyWe’ve been running a series of essays on scientific advice recently (e.g. yesterday’s piece by Shelia Jasanoff). It’s on a break today, but here’s something on a related issue. Margaret Thatcher is often celebrated for her leadership on the issue of […]
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Experts and experimental government | Geoff Mulgan

The idea of giving a clever man a desk in Whitehall is outdated, argues Geoff Mulgan in the third of our series on scientific advice. We need to take seriously the evidence about evidenceGovernments should want and even crave the best possible scientific advice. With reliable knowledge come better decisions, fewer mistakes and more results […]
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