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South Dublin Council Council endeavours to recruit and retain staff in accordance with best Human Resource practices to allow the Council to provide an efficient and effective service to the community.

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Work Experience
South Dublin County Councils offers Secondary School Students and 3rd Level students the opportunity of gaining Work Experience in our organisation.

Work Experience for Secondary School Students
We afford secondary school students the opportunity to avail of unpaid work experience for short periods during their school term. Demand is high in this area and students/teachers are asked to contact the organisation at the earliest possible stage to avoid disappointment.

It is essential that the school/organisation supply necessary insurance information when applying.

Interview Hints and Tips

Do your homework - know the job/organisation

Make sure that this job/organisation is for you – read the Qualifications and Particulars of Office/Job Specification carefully before applying for the Job – it could save you time and expense attending for an interview. 

Application Forms are there for a reason – this is where the Interview Board will receive their first introduction to you. It’s your opportunity to market yourself. Write clearly and legibly, ideally, type into the application form. Also be thorough when filling in your ‘Job Description’, you want to make a good impression but be careful not to waffle – you may be caught out at the interview.

Focus on the keys skills you will need for the job and try to highlight these in the way you complete the application form

Prepare well

  • Visit the website to find out about the organisation
  • Familiarise yourself with the working of the organisation
  • Make sure you read key documents – for example -  Annual Reports, Corporate Plans, Annual Budgets, County Development Plan and County Development Board Strategies, other key strategies and documents relating to the organisation – use the search facility on the net to find these
  • Keep a close eye on national and local media for any relevant articles
  • If possible, contact somebody you know who works in the organisation for information on developments
  • Plan your journey – maybe even a trial run. Ensure you have clear directions & are clear of time and location of interview. If you are running late ensure you contact HR to notify them. Make sure you are contactable too.
  • Preparing well by researching can indicate commitment and interest in the position/organisation.

Prepare Examples

  • Always have examples (at least 2) of where you showed your initiative/leadership/skills/customer care etc. Relate the examples to the work experience as outlined in your application form.
  • Practice your examples: - It may sound stupid, but practice out loud and/or in front of a mirror, it does help to hear yourself.
  • You should put yourself in the interviewers position – so prepare a list of anticipated questions and answers. Rehearse them – again and again.
  • Preparing well will fill you with confidence – and this will show at interview
  • Don’t forget the most important person at the interview – you. Go through your work experience – highlight achievements, be able to speak about your best qualities by referring to examples.

Consider the following

  • Dress smartly and professionally – this is part of presenting yourself positively
  • Maintain regular eye contact with all Interview Board Members
  • Speak slowly, confidently and clearly, think before you answer - don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on any question you do not understand – its better than giving a totally wrong answer
  • Focus on communicating the main points of what you want to say in your answer. Avoid meandering answers. Remember to sell yourself so use real examples in your answers where possible.
  • Try to avoid folding your arms or fidgeting – it can affect your speech and distract from what you want to say.
  • Try to ask some questions that display interest in the organisation
  • Avoid yes or no answers – always elaborate on your “yes” or “no”
  • If you hit a blank wall while in your interview don’t panic – take a drink of water, it will give you time to compose yourself.
  • The interview board appreciate that you will naturally be nervous and they will take that into account
  • Don’t criticise former or current employers during the interview
  • Don’t forget to switch off your mobile

After the interview

  • Do not discuss terms and conditions with the Board.
  • It is usually advisable to ask a basic question such as “When do you anticipate that results will be issued?”
  • It is useful to consider your interview performance and identify where you think you underperformed, this can help focus your attention on weaknesses for the next time – for example speaking too fast, not giving relevant answers etc.
  • Always request your interview marks and feedback.

For more information

Further general information & advice on Interview Preparation is available at the

(Permission to provide this link is granted courtesy of the Public Appointments Service & some information contained may not be relevant to South Dublin County Council)

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