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Give yourself a hand (or two) during interview but don’t look rigid

Q: When I was in school, I was told it was crucial to sit still in job interviews. Hands down by my side, feet planted firmly on the floor. That was then: now, I’m 44 years of age and I am a, shall we say, expressive speaker: I move my hands, I shrug my shoulders, and I incorporate various other movements and gestures when speaking. Whenever I go for a job interview, the advice given to my 17 year-old self continues to ring in my ears and I find myself defaulting to it – your thoughts, please. (DO, email).

Tourism and hospitality sector opportunities in 2016

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Tourism Ireland is predicting a bumper year in 2016 – they predict 8.2million overseas visitors to Ireland this year, spending an estimated €4.2billion. This amounts to growth of between 4 and 5 per cent, which is very significant, writes SABINA TRENCH, CAREER COACH, SLI NUA CAREERS, WESTPORT.

My friends are interviewing me

Q: I am going for interview in the company where I currently work - I’m bothered by the fact that I will know all three members of the interview panel very well. I’d classify them as friends, really. I fear I will be very self-conscious on the day - how can I avoid this? (DR, email).

Three views on making a meddling manager redundant in the interview process

Q: I am going for a middle management interview with the group business development manager. We don’t really get on, mainly because I disagree with how he goes about his business – to be blunt about it, he’d sell his granny. I want the job, but am not sure how I should handle the fact that I do things differently. Any suggestions? (LR, email.)

Going the extra, extra mile in job-searching

Q: I have been trying to get a job for the last 19 months. And, yes I have really tried: I mean, really, really tried. I have fine tuned my CV. I have gone to networking meetings. I have told friends and all sorts of random acquaintances that I am looking for work, and the type of work I’m looking for – but still all to no avail. But I am going to give up. Are there any websites you can recommend that might add a little bit more to my job search? (TC, email).

Preparation remains the CV key

Many times I have been asked the question: “how do I get that job?”.  My answer is always the same: “preparation”. It can never be emphasised enough how important it is to be prepared when applying for a position, writes Paul Aspell, Career Coach. 


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