Interview Tips: land that new year job
When your well written and presented CV and cover letter get you that interview, there are of course some basic job interview tips that will get you noticed above the competition, but what is it that employers are really looking for these days?
Our director of group operations, Denis Casey was recently interviewed by the Irish Examiner. During the interview he shared some of the most important job interview tips gained as a result of his 20 years working with some of Ireland and Europe’s largest employers.
Employment Longevity and Commitment
Experience and qualifications will always remain high on the wish list for employers, but what will really set you apart is a track record of longevity. Taking on a new member of staff can be a surprisingly large financial and resource investment for a company. HR managers now look for talent that shows a willingness to stick with a company and grow their career with them. A resumé showing long tenures with past employers demonstrate commitment and loyalty. In return, employers, especially in high-tech, pharma and engineering sectors are now offering enhanced promotion prospects to the right people.
According to an article in the highly influential Forbes magazine: “Focusing on building a sustainable workforce is a must if a company aims to connect and produce results authentically and successfully.” Positioning yourself as a candidate with demonstrable commitment will immediately put you ahead of those with a CV like a rock band’s tour schedule!
Failed to prepare for the job interview? Prepare to Fail!
Nothing will eliminate you from a panel quicker that a lack of knowledge about the potential employer. Make sure you have properly researched the company so you can confidently address and discuss questions put to you. Experienced interviewers will see right through bluster and fluff, so make time to find out about the organisation. Luckily, a wealth of information can be found online. Take the time to read about the company ethos and policies.
Quality job interview questions for you to ask the employer
In doing your research, you’ll surely find a few things that you can ask during your interview. Having a few quality questions up your sleeve will help you stick in the mind of the recruiter. Think about questions that might be relevant to the role. Ask about things like lean processes, quality standards, CPD opportunities. These can be especially powerful when your experience and qualifications might be able to contribute in these areas.
Take that next step up the career ladder
With blue chip, multinational clients across construction, accountancy and finance, engineering, IT and HR sectors, AA Euro Executive have open positions ready for interview. Check out our jobs here, or simply submit your CV and one of our recruitment executives will contact you very soon with the perfect fit.