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Blog (2) – Blame Your Parents

Blog (2) – Blame Your Parents

01 Jan 21:00 by Matthew Rollinson


Blog (2) – Blame Your Parents


My favourite scene in any film ever is halftime in ‘Any Given Sunday’. If you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean it’s Al Pacino, giving the greatest monologue in cinema. 


When do you imagine he first got the script for Any Given Sunday? Not the day he gave his performance I’m sure probably 6 months or more before, perhaps years.


I want you to think, when did he, for the last time, read that same script.


I’m guessing not months before he screamed ‘FIGHT FOR THAT INCH’ at Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J.


I would fully expect that day, shortly before his scene and again in between takes.


My point is, in all interviews I hold with graduates I ask about their dissertation and key project work.


I often then ask when the last time they read these projects were. Almost every time it’s when they were handed in, months or in some cases longer ago.


If you were an actor this wouldn’t be how you did things and you need to apply the same principles to how you describe yourself.


Interviewers WILL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS STUFF so please re-read your projects I’d recommend a detailed read after this blog, then a monthly skim but enough to keep it sharp.


Once you do this, some things happen. You get more confident. And the interviewer can tell. How?


  • You will say ‘erm’ less
  • You will flow
  • You will give the impression of knowing your stuff
  • You will sound confident in what you’re saying so people will believe you… even if you get some of it wrong


You can also structure using the following model, practice it with your dissertation and come up with your own way of describing to others what you did. This is where your parents come in, you see it’s their fault that the following works so well…


STAR Model:


Situation – broadly why this piece of research mattered, and what specific area you focussed onto

Tasks – what activities you decided to do to achieve desired outcomes

Application – Did you work solo, in a team, encounter difficulties or successes along the way and generally how the the project progress?

Results – conclusion of what the research achieved and how that matters to the original situation did it prove a new point or perhaps eliminated a line of enquiry?


The above is basically a Beginning – Middle – End.


Why does this work?


Your parents.


I read up to 3 stories a night to my kids. In fact my youngest often wants 7 or so, and I’m a total pushover so by the time they reach 6 years old, this is thousands of stories.


Thousands of examples of being provided information in the format BeginningMiddleEnd.


Put simply, your brain is hard-wired to receive information in this manner.


It’s comfortable here and settled, and knows what to expect.


You can use this structure in your answers, by following STAR along with good, sharp content.


I take more of a deep-dive into this in the YouTube linked below.