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Interview Skills Workshop

Career & Life Plannings’ Interview Workshops have benefitted numerous people in Ireland today based on practical recruiting experience from the MD of Career & Life Planning, Joe Delaney and his team of Career Employability Specialists.

We work with individuals at all levels (unemployed, graduate, professional & executive level) and help them de-risk the interview process to ensure they prepare confidently, competently so they deliver an interview that they are very happy with.

Although we cannot guarantee the outcome of every interview, our results are impressive in this area. The process we have developed ensures people are fully aware of all the components of an interview; learn, rehearse and practice key answers so they are relaxed and confident on the day of the interview.

In order to best prepare the long-term unemployed, we feel it’s best to break Interview Skills into 3 Phases to give them the material, time, support and confidence to succeed at interviews.

Phase 1: Understanding the Basics of Interview Delivery

Phase 2: Mock Interview & Feedback

Phase 3: Interview Preparation for Placement or Employment


Flexible delivery can be arranged to suit your needs and each module can be delivered individually or combined into a full programme. 

Phase 1: Understanding the Basics of Interview Delivery:

This program allows individuals to understand the level of detail required to deliver a confident interview with practical tips and advice based on their individual needs.

  • Interview Preparation Template & Checklist to ensure key points have been rehearsed
  • Taking the stress out of interviews
  • Putting you in control of your interview
  • Managing your expectations
  • Before the Interview (Research)
  • Before the Interview (Appearance)
  • How to create a good impression
  • How to listen during interviews
  • Common mistakes individuals make during Interviews
  • Understanding Competency Based Interviews & Answer Techniques
  • How to prepare for informal interviews including the “chat” interview
  • Aligning CV into different stages of Interview
  • Breaking interview into different stages
  • Creating an Interview Objective
  • Preparing an Opening Statement
  • Excellent Answers to likely Questions including;
  1. “What are your strengths”
  2. “What are your weaknesses”
  3. “Why do you want to work here”
  4. “What are your long-term career goals”
  • Preparing answers to Competency Questions using “STAR” Technique
  • Preparing Questions for interviewers
  • Delivering a memorable and positive Closing Statement
  • How and when to follow up after the interview
  • How to deal with second interview, acceptance or rejection

Phase 2: Mock Interview & Feedback

This workshop allows the individual to rehearse what they have learned in Phase 1 and apply it to a position they are interested in applying for. This is an interview where we will prepare questions for a job that they will submit to us in advance. Participants will have to dress appropriately for this. Feedback and recommendations for improvement will be reviewed and included as part of this meeting.

  • Interview completed by “Career Employment Specialist”
  • Review of CV & Career History
  • Competency Based Questions
  • Personality & Behavioural Questions
  • Completion of Interview Score Card
  • Observations / questions from participant post interview and report

Phase 3: Interview for Placement/Employment/Further Education

This workshop allows the individual to review all previous material from Phase 1 & Phase 2 and apply it to a “Real Placement / Employment / Further Education” Interview.

This is an ideal dress rehearsal for their interview where full interview is conducted, recommendations included and also, time-line for them to help stay focused on delivering confident and competent interview. Support is available and provided right up until day of interview to ensure person is organised and confident before interview.

  • Interview completed by “Career Employment Specialist”
  • Competency Based Questions based on position applied for 
  • Observations / questions from participant post interview and report
  • Recommendations to improve performance
  • Template to plan competencies of open role
  • Cheat Sheet to help them on morning of interview to rehearse key answers to questions
  • Completion of Interview Score Card

Personality Reports

Personality Profiles can really help with interview preparation for the Long-Term Unemployed and help them gain confidence based on the following statements that are included in profiles:

  • Values this person brings to an organisation
  • Descriptive Words About you
  • You in the workplace
  • Key Career criteria
  • Areas to improve on
  • Your work strengths
  • Job Possibilities
  • Self-motivation