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Jobseekers Guide – Interview Tips

Jobseekers Guide – Interview TipsIntroduction “You only get one chance to make a first impression” First impressions do count, and research has shown that the average person can make up their minds about somebody within the first 30 seconds! A job interview is no different. Preparation, presentation and attitude are the key ingredients to be successful. What to Expect? From the employer’s perspective, the purpose of the interview is to evaluate you and your capabilities, to assess your ability to contribute to the organisation and to see how well you might fit into the organisation. The Stages of an Interview There are 4 stages in a typical job interview: • Breaking the ice – introductions and ‘chitchat’ designed to help you relax and feel comfortable. • Exchanging information – questions that focus on the organisation, the job and your interest in both. • Expanding the focus – specific questions about you and how well you will be able to do the job. • Wrapping up – time for clarifying, asking questions and final comments. Interview Preparation Preparing yourself properly for an interview will help you relax and give you the confidence to answer tough questions. Thorough preparation will dramatically improve your chances of getting the job. Research the Company & the Role Firstly make sure you read through the job description carefully. If you are dealing with a recruitment consultant they should also be able to tell you about the company you are going to see, and about the person who is interviewing you. You should also conduct your own background research on the firm and the individuals you are meeting. You will then be able to make a much better impression at the interview. What to research? Go to the company’s website and research: • What products/services do they offer? • Who are their major competitors? • Where is the company’s headquarters located? • Have they been in the media or received any awards recently? • Use LinkedIn and Google to find out more about the company, and the people you are meeting. • Try to identify someone you know who works in that company and ask them to tell you what they can about the company. Review and know your CV Thoroughly familiarise yourself with your CV. Pay particular attention to things that you may have listed as accomplishments or achievements and be prepared to discuss these. Personal Presentation Before going for an interview make sure that your interview attire is appropriate. Don’t dress casually even if the employees of the company are wearing casual clothes. If in doubt, dress formally. Body Language Research has shown that only 7% of the message we send out is based on the actual words we use. The rest is down to body language and tone of voice. • Stand tall and confident, nerves make you slouch. • Smile and make good eye contact. • Avoid negative body language such as shuffling, scratching, looking around, folding your arms, etc. • Speak with energy and enthusiasm. Competency Based Interviews Companies are increasingly using a competency based interview model to screen job candidates. This involves asking job applicants to give specific examples where they have displayed certain competencies, or skills, and to describe the result of their actions. Sample Competency Based Interview Questions: Teamwork Give an example of a time when you have been asked to work in a group to complete a project. How did the group organise priorities and the delegation of tasks? What was the overall outcome of the project? Decision Making Describe a situation when a project or piece of work was going to miss a set deadline, how did you prioritise which parts of the work to complete first and how did you go about completing the existing work? Problem Solving Describe a significant problem that you have encountered recently. How did you approach this problem? Who was involved and how did you go about resolving it? Personal & Career Objectives What are your short, medium and long term goals, how have you gone about identifying and developing these goals and how do you intend to achieve them? Motivation Can you tell me about a time when you have performed over and above the expectations of your role?                             Communication Give an example of a time when you have had to communicate with individuals and groups. What methods of communication did you use and what problems did you face? The Star Technique This technique is particularly useful when answering competency based questions but can be applied to almost any interview question. Structuring your interview answers using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) interview technique will give you confidence and clarity when answering your interview questions. Following its form will result in your answers being high quality, comprehensive and detailed. This technique will also help you avoid deviating from the question and keep your answers structured and to the point. We would strongly advise you to use the STAR technique. Situation: Describe the background of a particular situation when you used the key competency. For example if the competency is budgetary control: “In my last job I was appointed to lead a project involving a £600,000 engineering factory shutdown lasting 2 weeks. I had overall responsibility for the budget for this project. I did face some challenges on this project which required careful management to keep to budget.” Task: Describe what your particular task was in relation to this, i.e. “My responsibility was to ensure that the project came in on time and on budget, which required close liaison with the department heads, maintenance managers, and cost and planning team. Any overspend, delay or conflict had to be resolved immediately to keep the project on budget. One week into the project we were faced with unexpected delays due to the unavailability of essential maintenance equipment which threatened the completion of the project on time and would ultimately have prevented the...

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Budget Basics 2017

Tuesday afternoon, Ministers Noonan and Donohue presented the budget for 2017 to the Dail. It included a number of expected measures, along with some interesting talking points. It’s very easy to get lost in the stats, but what implications does this really have? At a breakfast briefing this morning, hosted by RBK, Ulster bank and Athlone Chamber of Commerce, some of the main areas were outlined and have been summarised below – USC has been reduced by 0.5% Social welfare payments are to be increased by €5 per week €15 million has been allocated to bringing high-speed broadband to rural Ireland The education sector will receive an extra €458 million. This will be spent on recruitment of 2400 teaching staff, €36 million on higher and further education, and a 35% increase on early years funding A tax increase on cigarettes of 50c per pack VRT relief on the purchase of hybrid vehicles as a measure in support of tackling climate change First-time buyers will get an income tax rebate of 5% on the value of their purchase up to a cap of €20,000 refund €1.2bn in funding for housing, with47,000 new social housing units by 2021 800 additional Gardaí to be recruited in 2017 1000 additional nurses and midwives to be recruited 10c rise in the minimum wage as recommended by Low Pay Commission There has been a mixed reaction to the budget announcement so far. The general conclusion is that while there are some positive moves, none of these are likely to have a very significant impact on the average worker. Donie Shine Recruitment Consultant Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Collins McNicholas Quarterly Jobs Market Report Q2 2016

Collins McNicholas has seen a 4.8% growth in registered job vacancies in the first six months of 2016 compared with the last 6 months of 2015. The number of candidates registering with Collins McNicholas has increased by 2.8% in the same period. The unemployment rate currently stands at 7.8% (MAY 2016), having fallen steadily from 9.8% over the last 12 months. The unemployment rate will continue to decline over the next 12 months, albeit at a slower pace than the previous 12 months. The Irish economy continues to grow and job creation should rise with it, but the consequences of Britain’s departure from the EU will have a negative impact on the Irish economy, slowing growth and job creation. A weakening sterling will hurt Irish exports to Britain, particularly in the agricultural sector. Tourism will also be affected as British holidaymakers will find it more expensive to visit Ireland. Issues surrounding the rights to residency of the roughly 400,000 Irish people living in the UK will also need to be resolved. This could benefit Ireland if even a small of number of skilled professionals choose to return to the country. “However, despite the uncertain consequences of Brexit on the Irish economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) is strong and should grow as investors seek to maintain access to the EU markets and avoid the uncertainty over Britain’s status post-Brexit,” said Niall Murray, Managing Director of Collins McNicholas. High technology sectors, in particular ICT, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, are doing well. Graduate output has increased significantly in the STEM subjects and excellent progress has been made in retraining people for jobs in...

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Welcome Gillian Nicholson, New Principal Consultant in our Galway Office

Collins McNicholas are delighted to announce the appointment of Gillian Nicholson to the role of Principal Consultant in our Galway office where she will focus on the growing IT sector in the West and Midwest regions. Gillian is an experienced Account Manager having worked in the recruitment industry for over 12 years and during that time she has successfully recruited for specialist IT Project roles, Software Engineers, .Net developers, Software Testers, Technical Support Infrastructure Engineers and Java Developers for a range of clients including HP, Vodafone, IBM and Microsoft. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Gillian was based on site in Microsoft where she had responsibility for account management and recruitment across a number of divisions. A native of Athlone, Gillian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies & Marketing from Limerick IT and a Higher Diploma in HR from the University of Limerick. Director of Collins McNicholas, Michelle Murphy stated ‘we are delighted to have Gillian on board and heading up a growing division for our company. Her proven track record in the IT sector will enhance the service offering to our clients in the region. With the growth of new ICT companies in Galway, exciting new developments around the new Innovation District, and the soon to open ‘Portershed’ in Galway, coupled with some recent announcements in Limerick, we feel there is a strong cluster of ICT companies now setting up home both in the West and Midwest, which is welcomed for sure. Collins McNicholas will be working hard to attract talent to these regions to ensure continued success for our client companies.’ If you wish to send your CV or discuss...

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Management Buy Out at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group

COLLINS MCNICHOLAS COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT Management Buy Out at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group FIRM BOUGHT BY THREE MOST SENIOR EXECUTIVES Collins McNicholas, one of Ireland’s most respected and long established recruitment and HR services companies, has been sold in a management buy-out (MBO) that will see the firm taken over by its three most senior executives. Colman Collins, who has now sold his shareholding, co-founded the company, which has offices in Dublin, Galway, Athlone, Sligo and Cork, 25 years ago. The MBO team comprises three senior members of the management team – Niall Murray, Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy. Colman Collins will step down as Managing Director and will be replaced in that capacity by Niall Murray. Fellow MBO members Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy are being appointed as Directors. Collins McNicholas assists some of the leading employers in Ireland to recruit and develop talent. Over the past 25 years it has become a trusted recruitment partner to a large number of organisations from multinationals to SMEs. Colman Collins will act as a Management Consultant to the company and will continue as a board member. Padraic White, former Managing Director of IDA Ireland, will continue as Chairman. Niall, Michelle, Antoinette are all long-serving employees each having over 15 years’ experience in the business. In a joint statement, they said: “As the new owners we are 100 per cent committed to staying true to the values and the ethos that has served us so well over the past 25 years. “We have ambitious plans for the business. We are committed to growing the business and see great opportunities for...

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