Workshop established for head gardener job interviews

Gardens consultant Alan Sargent is running an inaugural workshop, "Job Interviews for Head Gardeners", at Capel Manor College buildings in Regents Park, London, on 5 July.

Sargent said the programme will include reading between the lines of job adverts, researching your target, producing your CV, an alternative style of CV presentation, application process, first interview - first impressions, taking control of the interview - interviewing the employer, interim research, second interview - presenting your initial thoughts, keeping control of the interview, preparing for stage three, site introduction and walk around - method and procedures, and presenting your proposals for assessment and approval.

He will also advise on how to deal with unexpected questions, being comfortable with the interviewees and how to avoid/deal with difficult subjects.

Numbers are limited to 10. Cost is £65 per person at the inaugural meeting. Professional Gardeners Guild chairman Tony Arnold will attend.

Other workshops may subsequently follow nationwide or be repeated a number of times. These may include a new version of "Managing as a Head Gardener", "Dealing with Difficult Staff or Employers", "Site Evaluation & Audits" or ideas generated by gardeners.

For full details, please write to Alan Sargent at West Lodge, Lavington Park, Petworth, Sussex GU28 0NQ, email or contact Tony Arnold.

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