A career in insurance with MAPFRE

Thu, Jan 20, 2022

MAPFRE Assistance, the Galway-based insurance company, has grown impressively in recent years and continues to attract candidates who are interested in beginning a career in the insurance industry.

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How to show the results of your workplace contribution in job interviews

Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Continuing our series on the START method, this week we come to Results. As you will know from the previous columns, START stands for Situation, Task, Action(s), Result(s) and Them.

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How to let the interview panel see the significance of your career stories

Thu, Dec 30, 2021

In this column, we continue our series breaking down the START answering method that will stand to you in one of the most common type of interviews, namely the competency-based interview. In the first column in the series, we explained how START stands for the five key steps of an answer – Situation, Task, Action, Result and Them.

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What’s the Scór to raise funds for expansion

Thu, Dec 30, 2021

What’s the Scór, the popular app that keeps GAA fans updated with live scores and results, is raising funds for the first-time using crowdfunding as an innovative way to allow everyone to buy shares in the company.

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NUI Galway reveals strong performance in 2021 for knowledge transfer, innovation and impact

Thu, Dec 30, 2021

NUI Galway has revealed a strong performance during 2021 in knowledge transfer and impact with 50 industry collaborations, four new spin-outs and multiple start-up successes and awards.

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How to break down competency-based answers into manageable steps

Thu, Dec 23, 2021

Q: Of late I’ve been hearing a lot about competency-based interviews. Indeed, you have referred to them on a few occasions. I hadn’t done gone for a new job for years until this summer and the whole interview world has changed. All tips would be appreciated. (FG, email).

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Most employers want employees to split time between remote and office working

Thu, Dec 23, 2021

Once again employers and employees throughout the country are being encouraged to work from home in order to stem the spread of COVID 19. However, 2022 should see the resumption of the staggered return to the office for the Irish workforce, and a survey from the newly rebranded Compliance Institute (formerly the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland) has found that even when employees are free to return, a hybrid model is most likely to be adopted by the majority of employers.

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Many business leaders also say their business model has been adapted for supply chain issues

Thu, Dec 23, 2021

The latest quarterly research (Q4 2021) by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland has found that general inflation, wage inflation and supply chain issues are of concern to a majority of business leaders as their organisations face into 2022. The survey also finds that a majority of business leaders remains optimistic about the financial performance of their primary organisation in both Q1 2022 and, indeed, for the year 2022.

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Why hand movements can be your interview friend

Thu, Dec 16, 2021

Q: Every time I go to an interview, I am conscious of the fact that I move my hands far too much when speaking. Face to face it doesn’t appear too bad, but in online interviews it looks crazy. I can see myself in the screen gesticulating and waving like a mad thing, going like a windmill, but I just don’t know how to stop. Any tips on how I can get those hands back under control? (EF, email).

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How to get the right tone in an interview

Thu, Nov 25, 2021

Q: I’m going for a big job interview next week. And when I say big, I mean big. The biggest I’ll have gone for so far, and perhaps the biggest I will ever tackle. I want to let them know everything. As the saying goes, I aim to leave it all our there on the field. However, in two mock interviews I’ve done with my work colleague over the last fortnight, I find myself struggling to remember details from all my employments to date. I’ve tried various ways of prompting myself, but they just aren’t working. My roles to date have been wide and varied and are choc-a-bloc with experience that I’m sure would impress the panel. How can I get this right? (KJ, email).

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Your Career, Your Choices

Thu, Nov 18, 2021

Q: I have been asked to give a ten-minute presentation as the start of the second interview for the job. I have never done anything like this before. It's an online interview, just to complicate matters. Any tips? (FG, email.)

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How to ensure technical questions don’t trip you up

Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Q: I went for promotion in my own company. The interview panel surprised me by asking a lot of technical questions about my current role. I work in a highly regulated sector with countless items to check, documents to complete and reports to file. I found it difficult to articulate what I do, even though I am very attentive on the job. It felt like they were trying to catch me out. Any tips? (EN, email).

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It’s you, it’s you, it’s you – how to put yourself at the heart of your interview stories

Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Q: In the interview, I felt I gave a good account of how things operate in my department. I talked about how we schedule our work, how we ensure that nothing slips through the cracks and how we evaluate completed projects. I didn’t get the job and the feedback was that I failed to sell myself well enough. I really don’t know what else I could have done. Any tips? (EC, email).

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How to maintain focus as interview approaches

Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Q: I applied for a job yesterday, they rang first thing this morning and want to interview me on Friday. Can I therefore take it that they are very keen to hire me? (DL, email)

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How to avoid getting pipped at the post

Thu, Sep 30, 2021

Q; I’m in an unusual position. A job has come up in the place where I’ve been freelancing / working on a temporary basis for several years. The reality is that I am the leading contender. But there are several others who have also been freelancing here. They haven’t as much experience as me and all the talk is that I am the favourite, particularly as I have good relationships with some of the key senior personnel within the company. However, I want to make sure I don’t get pipped at the post. Any thoughts?

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I chanced my arm – and got caught

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Q: I was poorly prepared for the interview. I chanced my arm. I hadn’t practiced my answers, and I got thrown off by some easy questions. For example, I struggled on what I knew about the company (little or nothing); why I was leaving my current job (my time there is done, and this was a good opportunity to get into a new company, even though I’d initially be taking a step sideways); and did I think I was over-qualified for the position (the actual answer is ‘kind of’, but I wanted to get into the new company and go up the ladder there). I didn’t get the job. Any pointers? (DG, email).

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How to make your ‘dream job’ work for you

Thu, Sep 09, 2021

Q: I am going for an interview in a company next week. A friend of mine went for an interview there about a year ago and a question that really threw her was “identify your dream job – and why?” She reckons she made a complete mess of it. How can I get my head around this if it comes up again? (DF, email).

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No stress, how I learned from the tough days

Thu, Sep 02, 2021

Q: I was surprised when one of the interviewers asked me how I handled stressful situations at work. I tried to tell her that I didn’t really feel stress on the job, but she didn’t buy it. I mumbled something about a time when our main suppliers had a major supply line issue, but the answer didn’t really go anywhere. How should I have approached this answer? (EF, email).

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How to make the most of second college chance

Thu, Aug 05, 2021

Q: I started a college degree, but I was young and foolish, and the course didn't suit me. I lumbered along for a year and a half before cutting my (well, my parents’) losses. The following year I started again and this time I enjoyed the course much more and saw it through to completion, and even went on to get a masters earlier this summer. I'm now writing my CV as I go job-searching in earnest for the first time. Should I even mention the earlier course? I don’t want them to think I’m a quitter (AC, email).

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How to keep the panel looking in the right places

Thu, Jul 01, 2021

Q: I am going for a job interview next week and I’m pretty sure I fit the bill. However, I fear my lack of technology experience will come against me. I’m not that bad on technology but I have never used it much in the workplace. I’m told the technology required in this instance can be learned easily, but I’m afraid they will over state it in the interview when they see my deficiency? In this case, the technology is only a means to an end. There are far more important criteria, and I am very strong in the areas that really matter. In fact, I think they will struggle to get someone more suitable than me given my background in this sector. What should I do? (RC, email).

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