We’ve all had that wonderful feeling of being invited to an interview, it’s confirmation that your application was top quality and the company wants to meet you. Continue reading further down the email or listening to the voicemail and your heart may drop, like mine did, when I read the words, ‘group interview and presentation.’ Since leaving school, I’ve always been someone confident in their ability and rarely shy, however, the idea of fighting for a job (metaphorically) with my fellow candidates sat next to me or worse, watching me, was something incredibly intimidating. I did however get the job that I was interviewed for and became close friends with my two fellow candidates (something I wasn’t expecting when I arrived for the assessment). It’s both tricky and terrifying, but here’s how you can survive and, perhaps even thrive in the group interview environment.
If you want to fall in love with a book this year, then A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is that book. In a world of IKEA furniture and constant bureaucracy, smart phones and idiotic people, Ove does not suffer these fools and their frustrating ways lightly. Backman's character creation is incredible. As the reader, I couldn’t help loving the vulnerabilities of Ove while at the same time hating the stuffy old man for being so rude to people. The opening scene illustrates my frustration and enamour fantastically with our protagonist in a computer shop trying to purchase an “O-pad.” We cringe at Ove’s stubborn belief that he’s correct in this field and we share the annoyance of the men behind the counter; however, the author revisits this scene later in the book because he wants the best iPad for Parvannah’s daughter, a scene which is quite oafishly beautiful.
In a world of fast food, instant messaging, and children growing up way too soon, people are seeking something more permanent; a way of preserving memories in more than just their smart phone's iCloud. While the instant film camera may have been synonymous with the nineties, the release of Polaroid's Onestep 2 at the end of this year could herald in a new era of physical photography and even a revival of 35mm film. To celebrate instant film's comeback, here is a list of five reasons why everybody should get hold of one of these fantastic cameras.