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The Best Interview Tip - Think Like the Employer

When preparing for an interview, put yourself in the shoes of your future employer. What qualities would you be looking for if you were leading the recruitment process? The following points will help.  read more...

 

Top 5 Interview Questions

There are many questions every jobseeker should be ready for, no matter what the position. Many are very common, yet they're also the ones that pose the greatest challenge when you're sitting in the hot seat, especially if you haven't fully prepared a response.  I have outlined in this article the five most popular interview questions and given some guidelines on how to best answer them.  read more...

 

Tell Me About Yourself

This is a hugely popular interview question and at first glance looks little more than an “ice breaker”. In reality it’s probably one of the more challenging questions asked as it’s not immediately obvious what the interviewer is looking for. What do you focus on - your professional or personal life? How much detail should you give? How long should your answer be?  This isn’t a question that can be answered well without thought and preparation and the following three pointers should help.  read more...

 

How to Manage the Interviewer

Interviewing is a complex process where personal dynamics take centre stage. By developing an awareness of the main personality types, you can help you improve your ability to adapt to the interviewer’s individual style. Developing such a flexible approach can impact on the direction and style of the interview and ultimately its outcome.

The four most common personalities you are likely to encounter in your job search.  read more...

 

What is a Behavioural or Competency Interview?

Behavioural interviews (also known as competency based interviews) are becoming increasingly popular in the contemporary recruitment process. They are regularly used by Multinationals and the public sector and are seen to be a good predictor of future employee success. As many “traditional” interviews have also started incorporating behavioural questions into their structure, it is important to be fully prepared for this style of questioning - to both understand what is being asked and how best to present your answers.  read more...

 

The Salary Issue

The Salary Issue What is the right time to bring up the salary issue in an interview and indeed how do you know what salary you should be pitching yourself at? These days all of the traditional rules have been thrown out the window. It is no longer possible to accurately assess what salary you can command in the market place. The uncertainty in the economy has resulted in some job seekers lowering their expectations, thus depressing salaries on offer. Yet bizarrely, employers are finding it difficult to get top quality candidates, with the right mix of experience and the interpersonal skills and are prepared to pay a premium when the find what they want.  read more...

 

What are Your Strengths?

Although it is impossible to anticipate every interview question– being asked to describe your strengths is an old favourite and should be prepared for. As part of the recruitment process, employers will already have identified the essential qualities required in a prospective employee and by showing that your strengths compliment the job requirements, you will immediately stand out from the crowd.  read more...

 

What is Your Greatest Weakness?

Imagine how different things might be if our public representatives had to answer to this question truthfully before going to the polls. Would Bertie’s position as Taoiseach have continued for over a decade had he disclosed his close relationship with property developers or declared his weakness for signing blank cheques ? Would Iris Robinson have won her seat in Stormont had she admitted her weakness for teenage boys? The list is endless…………

Yet it takes the all the skill of a politician to formulate a tactful and diplomatic answer to this challenging question.  read more...

 

5 Tips for dealing with the 'Overqualified' Issue

These days in order to get back into the job market, many people are applying for roles that don’t require their level of experience and qualifications. In this situation, how do you avoid running the risk of being overlooked in the recruitment process and rejected on the basis of being overqualified? The following 5 tips should help.  read more...

 

How to create a successful CV

In today’s competitive job market, you only have thirty seconds to impress a potential employer with your CV.  With many employers now receiving hundreds of applications for each advertised vacancy, how do you know what they are really looking for and how can you make your CV stand out from the crowd?   read more...

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