Dealing with problematic candidates

During the recruitment and selection process, it’s no surprise to be confronted with something that you don’t expect. Recruiters experience it frequently, from spectacularly ill-prepared or over-prepared candidates to those who have essentially lied on their CV to earn an interview. While screening calls and CV scrutiny can root out most of the timewasters in the process, there is a certain percentage who will present … Continue reading Dealing with problematic candidates

Presentation and communication skills

You need to be able to express yourself concisely to impress graduate recruiters, but you also need to be a good listener and be confident enough to ask questions. Communication is more of a package than an individual skill: Communication is not just what you say; it is also how you present yourself. Being able to phrase the right questions is an important skill. Not … Continue reading Presentation and communication skills

Have you any questions for us? How to close an interview professionally

So you’ve just spent the last 45 minutes being grilled about your qualifications and your work experience and you may think the interview is coming to an end, but there’s one final obstacle ahead. If this is your very first interview, you’re about to be hit with something you may not expect. The dreaded ‘have you got any questions for us?’ Those of you who … Continue reading Have you any questions for us? How to close an interview professionally

‘Interview in style’: Tips and tricks of dressing to impress for interviews and the workplace

Laura Jordan of Stylesavvy.ie advises female graduates on the best interview and workplace dress tips. Check out her tips for the guys here Interview dressing is the holy grail of outfit choosing; what you wear really does matter. Workwear in general can be tricky, but the time to hit the nail on the head is when you are trying to get the job in the first place. Your image reflects … Continue reading ‘Interview in style’: Tips and tricks of dressing to impress for interviews and the workplace

Meet your future employer at Ireland’s only language fair

Ireland’s biggest language event is just two days away. The gradireland GRADchances event brings together Ireland’s most prestigious language employers with students and graduates with fluency in over 60 languages. One attendee of last year’s event tells us how one quick chat turned into a full-time job, writes Fergal Browne. Mariana Reis went to the 2014 GRADchances Language Fair expecting to get a good chance to talk to … Continue reading Meet your future employer at Ireland’s only language fair