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1 CPA Ireland Skillnet ‘Enhance your Interview Skills’ 10 th May, 2012

2 Objective of Today 1.Introduction to Morgan McKinley 2.The Interview & what Employers are seeking in potential employees  Interview Preparation  Interview Tips  Common questions asked in Interviews  Tough job interview questions  Questions you can ask  Open Floor Mock Interview – Interactive Session 3.Current Market Overview 4.Questions & Answers

3 Morgan McKinley - Overview  What do Morgan McKinley do?  What are our relevant specialist verticals and what do they mean? -Commerce & Industry -Banking & Financial Services -Professional Services -Public Sector & Not-For-Profit

4 Our global presence Thinking globally, Act locally  25 offices in 10 countries  Strategically placed at the heart of business centres  1 new location planned for H in New York  A single global candidate database  International candidate management programme  Global Client Account Management initiative  Australia  Dubai  Hong Kong  Ireland  Japan  Shanghai  Singapore  The Netherlands  United Kingdom  France Current global presence includes AJ

5 Our local presence  5 offices in 5 counties – Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny, Limerick  Over 50 consultants in Ireland working in the accounting and finance space – 30 of which are based in Dublin alone  Qualified consultants in CIPD, CPA, ACA, AITI, IATI and ACCA  Teams divided down by qualification so you only deal with specialists in your area  A single Irish Client and Candidate database  International candidate management programme out of Ireland with close ties to all international offices – London/Sydney

6 The Interview Sweaty hands? New suit? Nerves? ….. It's got to be the job interview!

7 The Interview – Preparation Before you begin the interview process Self-assessment: Know your skills, talents, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, motivations and work values – keep an on-going file for all of these – they can be easily forgotten Research, Research, Research: The Company you are applying to, who are it’s competitors, what is their market position? Be prepared to discuss anything on your cv: Importantly be prepared to answer questions you don’t want to answer. For Example: Weaknesses, lack of related experience, low academic results, job hopping Practice with a friend and scrutinize how you present and sound: look for enthusiasm, energy, alertness, facial expressions and body language

8 The Interview – Preparation What employers look for: Results Driven People Team Players – Relationships Communicators Self managers Positive personal Qualities Technical Skills Business Skills/IT Skills

9 The Interview – Preparation Before The Interview Put together a brief 2- minute elevator speech – practice this speech Remember to always talk in terms of the Employers Needs Write down what you want the interviewer(s) perception of you to be after the interview is over Prepare to elaborate on why you would consider leaving your current employer Never discuss personal information irrelevant to the job or speak negatively of a current/former employer

10 The Interview – Preparation Preparation is Key Read the job spec and research the company Read and know your CV and highlight the areas which most relate to the role you are applying for Know where you are going, who you are meeting and arrive on time! Be prepared to meet more than one interviewer Present yourself in a Professional Manner with good hygiene

11 The Interview – During the Interview In the Interview Firm Handshake / Keep eye contact Be clear on your reasons for wanting the role & working for the company Sell yourself into the job Answer the questions you are asked, do not digress Have examples to back up your answers Be positive, enthusiastic and energetic. Don’t fidget Talk about your sports and hobbies Ask questions

12 The Interview – During the Interview Turn off your mobile phone – better still leave it in the car Ask the hiring manager to describe the opportunity in detail -This is a great way to ensure that you identify what exactly the employer is looking for and perhaps say something like….” what performance objective will be used to evaluate exceptional performance within this job?” Be enthusiastic -Speak clearly, distinctly and with confidence Smile when speaking but don’t over do it either as it can make you appear nervous

13 The Interview – During the Interview If you are interested in the opportunity tell your interviewer so! -State that you are interested and qualify your reasons as to why. It is very important that you communicate your passion for the opportunity and company. Be open to compensation questions -Be straight forward in your answer and precise about the base, bonus etc Ask questions about the client and LISTEN CAREFULLY -People love to talk about themselves, give them a chance to share with you why they are great and why you should want to work for them… Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!!

14 The Interview – Frequently asked Questions 1) Competency Based What are your Strengths/ Weaknesses? –This is the most dreaded question. List 4/5 strengths and 1/2 weaknesses. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits. Tell me about a time you when you helped to resolve a dispute? (Communication/Negotiator) –Pick a specific incident, Concentrate on you problems solving technique and not the dispute you settled. What have you done that significantly contributed to a project? (Team Work) –Focus on the actions you took to complete the project. Actions verbs are key. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure? –You may say that you thrive under pressure, but give an example that relates to the position you are applying for.

15 The Interview – Frequently asked Questions 2) Behavioural Scenario question to establish behaviour patterns, e.g case study & role plays 3) Technical Demonstrate level of technical ability through out work experience Detailed, specific, to the point and relevant to the role at hand

16 The Interview - What is the best way to close an interview? Always Ask Questions It shows that you are considering their company as much as they are considering you It shows you have paid attention to information in the interview. Reinforce Your Attributes Offer a respectful closing comment reiterating your strengths and how they link into the critical skills the company is seeking Alleviate Concerns Give the interviewer an opportunity to alleviate any concerns they may have…” “I believe I’m the right candidate for this position. Do you see any issues that might make you think other wise?”

17 The Interview – What is the best way to close an Interview? Express Enthusiasm This should shine throughout the interview but be sure to include a few positive remarks about the company and the position Determine the Next Step Be sure to ask for the next step in the hiring process. This will show that you are an organised and professional candidate Thank the Interviewer Graciously thank the interviewer and stand to shake their hand, remember to keep confident

18 Current Market Update Highlights – April 2012 Employment Monitor  The Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor recorded a decrease (4%) in the number of new professional jobs in the market in April 2012 compared to March 2012  However, the number of new professional job vacancies was up 5% year-on-year from April 2011  April 2012 saw a 15% decrease since March in the number of professionals seeking jobs in the Irish employment market  Compared to the same time last year there was a significant increase of (63%) in the number of new professional job seekers in April  The number of new professional job opportunities in the market decreased slightly from March 2012 to April There was a 4% decrease from 9,246 in March 2012 to 8,919 in April This was however, a marginal increase (5%) from the April 2011 figure of 8,533.  There was also a decline in the number of professionals beginning their job searches in April 2012, decreasing 15% from 12,200 to 10,390 month-on-month. Compared to April 2011, there was a 63% increase when 6,375 professionals entered the jobs market.

19 So what does that mean for accountants? Sectors that are hiring in Ireland : Shared Service Centers / Centers of Excellence Manufacturing (Food, Pharma, Medical Device) FMCG (Producers, Wholesalers, Multiples) Oil & Gas Occasional Start up businesses Large Irish PLC’s (CRH, Kerry Group, Glanbia etc..) Medium sized Irish business with leverage outside Ireland European trading centres for MNC Top 10/Big 4 practices Banking in specific verticals (Middle Office/Back Office)

20 So what does that mean for accountants? Sectors that are not consistently hiring in Ireland: Construction (Trade and Services) Property High street retail Small/Medium Practice Hotel/Leisure/Hospitality Indigenous SME Public Sector ….Companies relying on cash flow from Irish Customers.

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