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Your Career, Your Choices

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During competency-based interviews, candidates are asked questions about specific situations where they have shown themselves have competencies that match the job description. In many instances, it is better for candidates to take the broader perspective by using proven answering methodologies that give more comprehensive answers to both the opening and follow-up, or probing, questions, writes Pearse O’Donnell, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Dealing with ‘skeletons in the wardrobe’ at an interview

Some of us have accumulated the odd ‘skeleton in the wardrobe’ over the course of our careers. Most of these ‘skeletons’ are minor in nature and can be easily explained. However, others can damage your chances of getting that job, particularly if not addressed properly, writes Pearse O’Donnell, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Incomplete college course is not the end of the story

Q: I didn’t finish my degree because I started working. Now I’m trying to get a new job, and I’m a bit iffy about the fact that I didn’t see out college. Can I skip those years on my CV? (DD, email).

You got knocked down – now get up again

Q: I started a new job six months ago – but I hate it. I feel totally constrained in it: I worked in a very similar role before, but with a different company, and the two companies are like chalk and cheese. Before, the attitude was try, try and try – and if you failed, so what, you’d learn from it. Here, caution is the byword. Nothing ventured, nothing lost. I’ve applied for a few new jobs and next week I have an interview – how do I explain the fact that I’m leaving this job so quickly? (DP, email).

Choosing the right words to let your CV shine

I cannot over-state the importance of choosing the right buzz words for your CV. A CV tends to be only two pages long, so every word counts – and preparing a good CV is the first, and a very important, step on getting the job that you want, writes Sabina Trench, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: I haven’t worked outside the home for 20 years. First, I was at home with the children, and then my husband took ill and I became his full-time carer until he passed away last year. Now, I want to go back to work, but I am frightened. Where to start? Previously, I worked in retail and enjoyed it, but I fear my skills have lapsed. Any suggestions? (GL, email).

‘I want to work – but I don’t know where to start’

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Q: I haven’t worked outside the home for 20 years. First, I was at home with the children, and then my husband took ill and I became his full-time carer until he passed away last year. Now, I want to go back to work, but I am frightened. Where to start? Previously, I worked in retail and enjoyed it, but I fear my skills have lapsed. Any suggestions? (GL, email).

Your Career, Your Choices

When time is a factor for employers, many use phone or Skype interviews as a means of sifting through the candidates, before inviting a chosen few to a personal interview. This requires a little more preparation on your part, but with the right approach, you can still make a virtual impression, writes SABINA TRENCH, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

Your Career, Your Choices

Q: I’m about to start a college work placement with a leading company in my sector – marketing. It’s an eight-week thing during and I really want to make an impression. Any thoughts? (DR, email).

Heads up on the interview panel: use it or lose it

Sometimes when you are called for interview, you will be given the names of the interview panel. This is very common in the public sector, but also happens in the private sector from time to time. But, what should you do with this information? Plenty, writes SABINA TRENCH, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers.

 

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