Our tips for preparing your CV and getting ready for an interview.
Preparing your CV
Your CV should be limited to two pages with the following information:
- Full name and address for correspondence
- Email address
- Contact telephone numbers (home and mobile phone)
Education & qualifications
- Start with your most recent qualification.
- Include membership of a professional body e.g. CIPD or ACCA
- Name of College/University qualification was obtained and grade achieved
- Name of Secondary School where your Leaving Cert (or equivalent) was obtained
- Start with your most recent position and work backwards in chronological order.
- Make sure to mention your job title, the company name and general location, as well as the dates you were employed there. Use bullet points to create a list of your key duties and responsibilities.
- Such as your preferred location, if you are willing to relocate, drivers license (if appropriate), etc.
Preparation is the key to a good interview. It is vitally important to show the interviewers that you are familiar with all aspects of the company and its business. Research the company as much as you can. The company website is a good place to start. Other sources include company brochures, advertisements and annual reports.
If you have any requirements for your interview, such as wheelchair access etc, let us know when you are invited for the interview and we will be happy to assist you.
On the day of your interview:
- Check the interview venue, how to get there and who your contact person is.
- Have a contact telephone number for the person you are meeting in case you are delayed.
- Allow enough time for travelling and heavy traffic.
- Bring a copy of your CV/application with you for your own reference.
- Turn off your mobile phone before the interview.
- Dress well, neatness is essential.
During the interview:
- Greet the interviewers with good eye contact and a firm handshake.
- Introduce yourself.
- If you are unsure of what is being asked, ask the interviewer to repeat the question.
- When answering questions, show your interest and understanding of the role.
- Keep to the point – don’t start to wander away from the topic.