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How well can you deal with Critical Incident questions at a job interview?

You may come to an interview prepared for questions about teamwork, initiative, interpersonal skills and leadership. But Critical Incident questions have the potential to reveal your perspectives and competencies without you being aware of how much you are revealing.  These questions focus more on behaviour rather than opinion. They focus on facts. Tell me about a time when you were successful. What about a time you had to follow directions or guidelines that you knew were the wrong way to go? What was the toughest decision you made recently? Tell me about the last time a customer or co-worker got …

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The 6 Variables of your Desired Employment Formula

The employment formula of working towards your ideal job is: Desired Employment = Competencies x Contacts + Qualifications + Work Experience + Knowledge of Organisation + Luck Luck is always involved. Luck is not necessarily down to uncontrollable chance. We can improve our chances of being lucky. Make our own luck. Luck = Preparation for Readiness + Opportunity from Awareness It increase the probability of being in the arena to grasp the opportunity or be selected. The ideal of a lucky life is chosen, firstly by what matters for you. I am with Viktor Frankl that you don’t discover who …

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Know the Employer’s Objective

If you don’t know what you’re doing wrong in interviews, you can’t fix it. Assuming you know about turning up on time, being friendly & polite to the receptionist, following the instructions and combing your hair, there are less obvious things to consider. Even well qualified job seekers can be pipped at the post because another candidate has offered something unique over and above. Lack of awareness is probably the most common reason why an organisation doesn’t proceed with a candidate. This can manifest itself in many ways –overstating one’s ability or experience, poor reading of the interviewing decision criteria, lacking rapport …

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What is the Purpose of a CV?  a Cover Letter?

The primary purpose of a CV or Resume is not to get a job. It is to be intriguing enough get an interview. Secondarily, it is to cue questions that you are ready for in the interview. Thirdly, it is to reaffirm, after the interview, how hiring you can solve the hirer’s problems. Often, the final decision-maker does not see all the job applications. They are filtered by other(s). The cover letter is to get you through these filters for a face-to-face interview. This requires creating interest and concisely directing the reader’s attention to specific strengths or accomplishments that are …

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What are your Ideal Work Preferences?

Organisations have many reliable people who get things done, but they are not seriously considered for promotion. They are taken for granted – dependable anchors in the company but who have unused capabilities and unfulfilled potential. And the longer they are stuck, the lower their self-confidence about their ability to apply for new opportunities that arise. The problem is that nothing stays the same. companies don’t stand still. New markets, new technology, new bosses, new strategies, new employees, all change the company and the work context. Also you change through those stages of life, where life is asking different things …

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It’s not too late to choose your next career.

We live in a time when we can expect to choose three careers in out lifetime. In 2010, Darren Grant from Rathfarnham, Dublin moved from Global Project Manager at Dell Computers to set up the Organic Supermarket. He now employs a staff of 31 and has a multi-million turnover. Brendan Gleeson chose acting at 34 after having been a teacher for ten years. Róisín Joyce and Eoin O’Conaire, after 17 years in U.K., decided to move from comfortable professional positions in the NHS to start the highly successful Evidence Based Therapy Centre (EBTC) in Galway. Jeff Bezos at age  31 moved …

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