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Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"There is an online application process that is simple to fill out. I would recommend researching the company and, in particular, the department you are interviewing for. Know the company's core values and how they can also apply to you. For the interview, just be yourself and showcase how your skills, personality and knowledge make you a suitable candidate for this company."
Graduate, Dublin
"Research the company and the department you are applying for and have some questions ready."
Graduate, Kilkenny
"The application form was simple to understand. I would advise having some knowledge of current affairs and knowing a bit about the company and the department that you hope to work in. Show that you have done some research and prepared well."
Dublin
"The best way to prepare for the interview would be to be confident in yourself and read up on current affairs."
Wexford
"In terms of interview tips, I would just say know your own CV and be able to talk about your past experiences. Know about the company and what different services it provides to its clients as well as why you would like to work here."
Dublin
"I would recommend knowing your CV off the top of your head as well as knowing a bit about the company and what you can offer it."
Graduate, Dublin
"The first stage of my interview was a group presentation on a case study with questions and answers. The next stage was to prepare an individual presentation to give to a partner and manager. The interview took place after this presentation. Be aware of current events that could have an impact on the area that you are applying for. Practise mock interviews with family/friends and focus on the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Actions, Result) when preparing answers. Be prepared to talk about college courses and work placements."
Graduate, Dublin
"I applied for the company's summer internship position, which involved an application form and an interview. My advice would be to apply for a summer internship role as they give an insight into the company and whether you would like to work here."
Graduate, Waterford

2016

"The application process was quite straightforward and included an online application form and an interview at the office. My best advice is to show a real interest in the field you're applying for. You don't have to know everything but it's good to show what you do know and that you're eager to learn more on the job."
Intern, Dublin
"I found the application process to be broadly similar to that of the other Big 4 firms. The difference came following the invitation to the interview process, which was followed by a welcome lunch and then the interview itself. This meant that we were already familiar with the firm's environment and staff. I would recommend candidates to think outside the box when filling in the application, and draw on experiences outside of those in college or a sports team. The interview was the real selling point when it came to choosing between the Big 4 offers. It was a conversation instead of a formal interview and I felt that the interviewers were genuinely interested in my background etc."
Graduate, Dublin
"Make yourself stand out. Show that you have done your research on the firm and the role you are being interviewed for. When talking about your skills, use real life examples to tie everything together."
Graduate, Dublin
"When filling out the application be sure to check out what buzzwords the company uses. Research the clients, find out which clients it has won and talk about this in the application as it shows that you have an interest in the company. When asked about your ideal client, try to keep away from the typical airlines – think about their investment and funds clients instead."
Graduate, Dublin
"Make the most of your experience. Recognise the benefits and skills that you have gained from different experiences in your life – whether it be part-time work, college assignments or life experiences with sports, hobbies, clubs or societies. For example, as I had a part-time job while studying, I had developed an ability to balance work with study."
Intern, Dublin
"My interview was comprised of both a short case study that we were given 20 minutes to prepare answers for and then one interview with a partner and manager. My one key tip for interviewing would be to make sure you have multiple answers ready for each question you might be asked."
Dublin
"Have a variety of answers for the competency-based interview questions. Prepare examples of your hobbies and interests as this demonstrates teamwork ability, communication and maintaining interests and commitments. Keep up to date with business and current affairs as well as technology as this is becoming increasingly popular among such firms. Know the career path you want to take and what will be required of you."
"Do mock interviews and research the organisation. Know where you want to be in five years and try to be yourself and relaxed. It can also help to read the Irish Times' business section in the weeks ahead of the interview to help with case studies and business-related questions."
Graduate, Dublin
"The best preparation for the interview is to know the company and know the role you are applying for. With a good knowledge of PwC you can describe how you feel you would fit into the culture here and what you can bring."
Intern, Dublin
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