Archives for June 2016 | Collins McNicholas

Ten Important Points to Note the Day of Your Interview

Ten Important Points to Note the Day of Your InterviewOne of the most stressful elements of looking for employment is the interview process. The following simple tips will allow you to prepare for a successful interview and perform well on the day.   Be on time. It is crucial not to be late for your interview. Allocate plenty of time the morning of the interview and plan your route to minimise any problems occurring. If something unforeseen happens causing a delay to your journey, phone ahead and explain the situation while stating you will get there as soon as possible. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake. A positive first impression is very important. When shaking the interviewers hand it is important to have direct eye contact while also smiling politely. You will come across as assertive and composed. Stay calm. This will allow you to think more clearly and therefore you will deliver better responses as a result. Feeling anxious and nervous is normal in an interview, the key thing is being able to control it. It is important to note that the interviewers where once in your position. Listen carefully and take your time answering. Take a moment after a question to think about what is being asked and how best to answer it before replying. Don’t get carried away. It is important to provide a full response to the question asked; however, it is also important not to speak for longer than is necessary or to go off topic. Ask for a question to be repeated or explained if necessary. This will give you both more time to think about your response while also getting a better insight into what type of answer the interviewer seeks. Give responses that are clear, relevant and provide sufficient information. It is important the interviewer understands the point you are trying to make. Keep to the point by providing a clear understanding off the topic. Highlight skills and experiences in a positive manner. Link your responses to previous experiences when possible while highlighting how your actions generated positive outcomes. Don’t panic. You might get a question you hadn’t anticipated. If you answer it poorly don’t dwell on it. Your success will not depend on one answer but on how you perform in the interview overall. Thank the interviewer for the opportunity and add how much you would like to work for the company. This will leave the interviewer with a positive impression. Passionate individuals work hard and perform better and this is what employers are looking...

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2016 CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin

Members of the Collins McNicholas team had the pleasure of attending the CIPD National Conference in Croke Park, Dublin last week. We had the opportunity to hear about best practice, research and case studies in the area of Wellbeing and Neuroscience, as well as network with HR professionals from around Ireland. Speakers included Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Julian Yarr of A&L Goodbody and representatives of Bord Gais and Mercer. Top 5 pointers regarding wellbeing and engagement to take back to the office: Focus on quality, rather than quantity of time spent at work – “presenteeism” is as worrying an issue as absenteeism. Expectations are changing – employees now expect flexibility, understanding and openness from their organisation – and it is vital that organisations change to meet these expectations. Emotional Intelligence or empathy is set to be the most sought after qualities in leaders. Wellness initiatives are accessible for all organisations – often changes can be introduced for little or no cost. Fitness of mind is closely connected to physical health and fitness – stay hydrated, exercise for 20 minutes every day, get 7-8 hours’ sleep per night and try to avoid stress. Caroline Ward HR Services Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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The Future is Biopharma

Last Thursday saw the Life Science Team of Recruitment Consultants from Collins McNicholas’ Galway office descend upon the grounds of UCD in Blackrock where NIBRT is located. NIBRT is an acronym for the National Institute of Bioprocessing, Research & Training and is a state-of-the-art facility for training and research in bioprocessing. Their aim is to support the bioprocessing industry by providing a unique learning experience in an environment that replicates a modern industrial bioprocessing facility. As we at Collins McNicholas recruit nationwide, within both the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors, it is a huge advantage to visit a facility such as NIBRT and gain an understanding of the industry, its processes, and the challenges it faces. Our day was divided up into 3 lectures – the first one being a very interesting and informative overview of small and large molecular chemistry, and an introduction to the biopharmaceutical industry. We also got a basic overview of the bioprocessing process – which was really brought to life during a plant tour that took place after lunch. When it came to the NIBRT pilot plant tour there was a sense of déjà vu gowning up given my years spent as a Biochemist within the immuno-assay industry. During the tour we got to see how the various aspects of the bioprocessing process works – upstream processing, recovery, downstream processing and purification, and finally formulation and filling. To witness how each part of the process takes place really helped us as recruitment consultants understand the demands of the roles we help biopharmaceutical companies fill – from microbiologists to process scientists, and engineers to micro-analysts. After...

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Cork native appointed new Regional Manager for South at Collins McNicholas

Collins McNicholas, the Recruitment and HR Services Group, has appointed Rory Walsh as the Regional Manager at the firm’s Cork office. A native of Cork himself, Rory joined the management team at Collins McNicholas in May 2016. “I am delighted to have been appointed to this fantastic role and I look forward to working with the team in Cork,” said Rory, who is graduate of University College Cork. Rory has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment, managing recruitment teams and specialising in technical appointments within the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries. He has recruited across the Tech, Engineering, Scientific and supply chain fields. Rory will manage the Cork office, which covers the South and South East Region of the country. He holds a degree from UCC in Chemistry and is currently specialising in Science and Engineering recruitment across the South and South East. Collins McNicholas Managing Director, Niall Murray said: “We are delighted to have appointed Rory Walsh as our Regional Manager in our Cork offices. Rory has great expertise in managing recruitment teams and we looking forward to working with him in his new role.” With five offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Sligo and Athlone, Collins McNicholas is the only nationally-based recruitment company headquartered outside of Dublin. Collins McNicholas recruits across a wide variety of sectors, including Engineering, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Financial, IT, Admin and Sales. For further information, please contact Martha Kearns at StoryLab on 087...

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Career Recruiters “He not busy being born, is busy dying.”

I had a fantastic, thought provoking and reflective day yesterday at the Greg Savage Seminar. Greg is a thought leader in the Global Recruitment Industry and is a regular keynote speaker at staffing conferences around the world. Something that repeatedly jumped out at me, and has been on my mind for quite some time, is the speed at which the industry is changing. Change is exciting and embraced by some, daunting and resisted by others. One thing is for sure, we have some very exciting times ahead for those individuals in our industry who are willing to learn, develop and keep challenging the “norm”. As Bob Dylan said “He not busy being born, is busy dying.” You either embrace the change, or find yourself on the slippery slope backwards. There is no middle ground. As our industry changes, the skill-set of a successful recruiter changes also. The “transactional” recruiters are becoming less and less successful and the long term relationship builder is rising to the top. Honestly, this is music to my ears. But this raises a very interesting issue. Low attrition rates in recruitment are more important than ever because the long term, specialist consultant, is the way to succeed in tomorrow’s recruitment industry.  We need to focus on this attrition rate by balancing engagement and career progression potential with the basic fundamentals of a “competitive basic wage, package, bonus and commission structure“. A consultant doing a great job, should in turn get a great package to reflect the contribution they are making to the business. Am I right in coming to this conclusion about the importance of attrition in this fast changing recruitment environment? It has always...

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