Internship & Job Interviews (Skills for Success)

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Fortis Consulting London’s work with companies, its expertise in interpersonal engagement and its deep knowledge of cross-cultural communication is helping students and recent graduates improve their chances of gaining a job or an internship.

Coaching is available on a one to one basis (including by Skype video & telephone) or in a small group (maximum of three people).

We are able to deliver seminars for groups of 4 or more; these are available in London or if the group is large enough at locations around the UK.

This programme is overseen by David Stringer-Lamarre, Managing Director of Fortis Consulting London. He is also the Chairman of the Institute of Directors, City of London. Depending upon availability David is sometimes available as one of the coaches or seminar leaders. He has spoken at several universities and he can often be seen at City & wider London events.

Overview

Our coaches will share their insights into communicating effectively with companies looking to engage students or recent graduates as interns or full time members of staff.

It is not enough to be a quality students or recent graduates looking for a full time job or an internship. You have to be able to communicate your skills to a company during the application and selection process. This involves using effective written and oral communication and engagement skills.

Having prior knowledge of UK business culture can add to your value proposition. The Skills for Success coaching sessions and seminars have been designed to help you maximise your chances of being offered an internship or a job.

The coaching sessions & seminars are delivered in central London at a mutually convenient time, including weekends. Coaching is available on a ‘one to one’ basis or in a small group (maximum of three people). We are able to deliver seminars for groups of 4 or more in London or if the group is large enough at locations around the UK.

The half day coaching sessions may be delivered using video based Skype on a ‘one to one’ basis. There are two short breaks in the session.

Student/Graduate Comments

Xiaolin, Manchester Business School. MBA. Intern at Morgan Stanley

‘When sailing in the sea, the chance of surviving from all the turbulence and arriving to your destination without a compass is very low, even for an experienced sailor. David has been my compass, guiding me on my career development as a friend, a coach and a mentor. I couldn’t have achieved all of this without his help.’

Zachary, London School of Economics. MSc

‘I found David to be full of insightful information as how to best articulate my skills set in written form, seeing through the eyes of the perspective company. So often it is easy to continue with the same interview mistakes and I found David´s advice to be invaluable.  I would strongly advise anyone to take advantage of this opportunity to maximize their chances of finding a job.’

Yaqian, Exeter University. BSc

‘The one-day workshop provided an insight into the office culture in the UK including an explanation of the different working styles between China and the UK, and an employability skills training session in the afternoon. Personally, the best part of the workshop was the one-to-one mock interview with David, where you could get some very personalised feedback. So I would really suggest everyone to seize this opportunity.’

Lin, Cambridge University. MPhil

‘David is really kind and generous. During his workshop in Cambridge, I learned a lot of interview skills, which are really helpful for my job seeking.’

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Skills for Success

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • British attitudes and values – fair play, courtesy, tolerance and informality
  • British management styles and expectations of the business relationship
    • Leading from the front
    • Consensus
  • British indirectness
    • How to get over the problems it can cause
  • British attitudes to team working
  • How to resolve and repair problems caused by cultural misunderstandings
  • What are UK companies looking for with respect to full time employees?
  • Consideration of KVP’s (Key Value Propositions)
  • Your profile, your brand
    • Social Media profile including your LinkedIn profile
  • CV & Supporting Statement – Health Check
  • Interviews (face to face, Skype and telephone based)
    • Preparation
    • Having a dialogue
    • Responding to questions
    • Asking questions
    • Concluding the interview – your closing remarks
  • Putting theory into action – ‘Interview practice’
  • ‘Take Aways’ – personal development plan

CV & Supporting Statement

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1/2 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • Consideration of KVP’s (Key Value Propositions)
  • Purpose of a CV
  • Layout of a CV
  • The content – health check (diagnose and improve)
  • Supporting Statement
  • Purpose of a Supporting Statement
    • The content – health check (diagnose and improve)

Interviews – Theory & Practice

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1/2 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • Purpose of an interview
  • Preparation
  • Having a dialogue
  • Types of questions
  • Responding to questions
  • Asking questions
  • Concluding the interview – your closing remarks

Interview Practice (Skype video or phone)

(One to one coaching. 60 minutes. Focused on responding to and answering questions in an interview setting)

  • Creating engagement with the interviewer(s)
  • Responding to questions – communicating your key messages
  • Dealing with questions you may find difficult or challenging to answer
  • Asking questions

Preparing for an Assessment Centre

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1/2 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • Why companies use Assessment Centres
  • Understanding what skills employers will be testing
  • How to improve your performance at an Assessment Centre
  • Effective communication & time management
  • How to approach case studies
  • Presenting information quickly & effectively
  • Group exercises – challenges & opportunities

What are Companies looking for?

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1/2 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • Companies’ objectives when looking for a new employee
    •  Skills sets
    • ‘Hard skills’
    • ‘Soft skills’
  • Global Mindset
  • Looking for future potential
  • Commercial Awareness
    • UK economic framework
    • European & Global engagement
    • Economic trends
    • Commercial opportunities and challenges

Understanding UK Business Culture

(One to one coaching or a small group, maximum of 3 people – 1/2 Day. Seminars possible for 4 or more people.)

  • British attitudes and values – fair play, courtesy, tolerance and informality
  • British management styles and expectations of the business relationship
    • Leading from the front
    • Consensus
  • British indirectness
    • How to get over the problems it can cause.
  • British attitudes to team working
  • How to resolve and repair problems caused by cultural misunderstandings