Interview Tips for Beginners

You may not have done many job interviews if you are in an early stage in your career. For this reason we will look at some fundamental elements of the job interview for you to prepare for and give some simple advice that will help you avoid making some basic but common mistakes!



Know your CV

You might think you know your CV perfectly well, after all, you did write it. And it took a while to draft, edit and re-edit until you got it perfect. If you’ve scanned through it tons of times looking for errors and areas to improve, you probably think you know your CV like the back of your hand! But you have to understand more than the words on your CV. In an interview, the story of your CV is important to know. The strengths, weaknesses that your CV reveals and the overall story of you as a potential employee is something you have to be aware of. If you know this you can preempt questions that will be asked in the job interview so you need to prepare how you speak about important areas like your work experience, education and achievements.


Prepare answers on common questions

This brings us to the next point – prepare answers to common interview questions. If you are relatively inexperienced in job interviews or haven’t had an interview in the career you are applying for, you will have to do some research to identify these questions. Thinking up answers on the spot will not look good. Interviewers will undoubtedly prefer if you have prepared and can communicate your best answer to their questions. One thing you can depend on in a job interview is interviewers will always want you to show evidence of certain traits such as the ability to work under pressure, when you’ve had to manage multiple tasks or how you dealt with a problem. You can look up how to answer competency based questions here:


Research the company so that you can tailor answers to company

Remember, in the job interview, you are selling you and your skills to the company. In sales, it is essential that you know what your customer’s needs are. Doing some research into the company and the industry will help you tremendously towards understanding what they want their new hire to do.


Ask questions

If you spent a few hours prior to your job interview doing research on the company and industry, you will have naturally come across things that have peaked your interest that you can ask about. Asking questions in the job interview is extremely important as it shows that you are interested in learning more, you have studied the company and you are willing to ask more questions as an employee.


You’ll have done a great job interview, if you can discuss your CV strongly, prepare answers to common questions, tailor your answers to the company’s needs and ask specific questions.


Three Q’s commitment to Helping Job Seekers

Our recruiters volunteer their time and expertise to job seekers every month by conducting mock interviews and follow up calls with our CSR Partner Jobcare. Have a look at our CSR strategy which puts focus on donating our skills and time to helping unemployed people find work:


Also in our Starting Out In Your Career series, we discussed how to write a CV when you have very little work experience, getting experience when you don’t have enough and what employers want in an employee.  You can read these here:

What Employers Want in an Employee:

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Experience:

How To Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough:

What Life Was Like In 1999

Ever wonder what life was like in 1999? Well here at Three Q Recruitment we are celebrating our 19th year in business. Being a recruitment company back in 1999 was completely different to the ways in which we recruit people today. Imagine having no Google to research companies, no mobile phones to test staff and fax was the only thing close to email! So much has changed in Three Q except for Quality. We still deliver a Quality Service just through different mediums. In celebration of our 19th birthday, we thought we decided to have our own reeling in the years and see 19 things that happened in 1999. Below is our countdown of the most memorable things to happen in 1999: 

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What Employers Want in An Employee and Why

What Do Employers Ask for in An Employee and Why?

This is an important question to ask yourself when you are writing your CV, your Cover Letter and preparing for an interview. Knowing what is desired will guide you to writing your best CV and communicating your most important traits and activities well.


Are You a Problem Solver?

This will be asked in a number of indirect ways in the interview and it’s a question in the employer’s mind when they screen your CV. Of course, many different problems will come up in work so it’s essential they hire an employee that finds solutions. Make sure your CV communicates the problems that arose, the actions you took and the results of your actions. Furthermore, practice articulating stories of problems you’ve solved in work for the interview when you’ll invariably be prompted to speak on problem solving.


Can You Deal with Managing Many Tasks?

You are very likely to be asked to show evidence of how you prioritise work in an interview, and for good reason – the position you are applying for most likely will leave the successful applicant in situations with a lot of tasks assigned to them with different deadlines. Many of us aren’t particularly good at this so I recommend reading the article below on how to prioritise tasks in work. This information is quite intuitive, so you’ll have shown good management of work already. The Eisenhower box below will reinforce what you already knew about prioritising and allow you to discuss clearly how you conceptualise prioritising workload and how you have done it in the past.



Do You Have a Willingness to Ask Questions?

Why do employers like to see you asking questions in an interview? Wanting to know more about what the job entails or more about information gained doing research on the company. They want someone that’s going to proactively learn on the job by asking questions. An employee that seeks out information is preferred to an employee that just takes in what is taught. Asking questions shows you are actively learning, thinking about what is being taught and voicing any problems you might have which all leads to you producing a higher quality of work.



This blog is about learning what the employer wants in an employee so that you can work on the attributes that pleases employers so that you can show evidence of these characteristics in future interviews and get that position you are searching for. If you research and practice your ability to prioritise and manage work, increase your propensity to ask questions and to work on providing solutions to problems, you will be in a great position to perform your next job as well as you can!


If you haven’t read our last blog on how to gain experience when you have none, you can read that here:


CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience


If you’re relatively new to working or have little relevant experience for the position you are applying for, you will have issues when writing up your CV. The problem you’ll have writing your CV is that you could accidentally expose and highlight the weaknesses in your CV. I’ll be talking about things you can do to show your strongest elements of your CV and decrease the exposure of your CV’s weak points which could be lack of relevant experience or lack of relevant education. Here are some steps you can take to create the best CV you can.


Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s crucial you know what you want to draw attention to and what you want to be less visible. Employers can overlook a hole in your CV if you have sold them on your strengths. With this in mind, figure out what your strengths are for the position you are applying for so that you can optimise for your best attributes whether it’s the transferable skills you learned in other industries or that you have a degree and completed online courses that will help you with the job you are applying for.


Arrangement of CV

You can change the order of areas in your CV to put more focus on your strengths. Why put work experience first if it’s a weak point? You certainly shouldn’t put it last but knowing that employers might disqualify your application after only reading your work experience, you should put some of your strongest qualities before it.



CV Content

The format style of your CV will decide how much attention each area of your application gets. If you’re low on relevant experience, you could limit your work experience area to a concise description of the transferable skills while also providing evidence of problems you faced, the actions you made and the outcomes of your actions. Keep the best elements of your work experience and remove irrelevant information to save space for the stronger areas of your CV. If your strength is the education and courses you’ve completed, you can assign more space to this area so that you can give more information on the content of those courses. This allows you to tell the employer why your education will ensure your success in the position you applied for.



It is generally true that your experience in the industry is the most important element of your CV for employers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to get the job without the required experience. And if you do have the experience, why not also compete against other applicants more effectively by showing your personality in your CV. Anyone can say they are hardworking, well organised with great communication skills, so you’ll need to show off your personality and character by displaying your awards, achievements or volunteer work.


Overall, it is likely that you will struggle somewhat trying to get a job without the required experience. You shouldn’t expect to get the job within a handful of job applications. Even with an optimised CV for your situation you will have to persevere to break into the industry and get that entry level dream job you desire!


We at Three Q Recruitment believe in giving people a chance so you can go on our website where we update our vacancies daily. If you have experience in hospitality, there may be a junior recruiter position in the Three Q team for you! Apply by sending your CV to


If a lack of experience is becoming a clear problem that is getting in the way and tactful CV Writing will not help you get the interview, you should read our blog on how to get experience when you don’t have enough:


How Do You Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough?

Do You have less than the Required Work Experience to Start Working in your desired Industry?

If you’re starting out in your career, the first difficulty and arguably the hardest is actually starting! Most of us know of the job search catch 22 that has become a meme – you apply for a job to get experience, but you don’t have the experience to get the job. So how do you get the experience?




Fortunately, you have some options:


Graduate Roles

Graduate roles are the choice of many graduates coming out of college.  The benefits are clear – you get to go straight into paid work with a career path already forged. Big companies generally provide full training programs for the grads they take on every year which sees them spend time in different departments over the course of the year. Often the sacrifice college graduates make is choosing a career that they did not intend to pursue when they selected their college course. Many will go into an accounting graduate role after graduating in a different field.



This is often the best bet for young people to break into an industry that requires experience. There are a few variables to consider as they come in all types and sized. Questions to consider are – Is it paid or unpaid? Is it full time or part time? How long is the internship?  This can be a great way to gain experience and may lead to a permanent role at the end of it.


Work Placement During College

For some courses, this is non-negotiable. Placements are mandatory for many college courses so that the students gain the necessary experience to start their career upon graduation. Students in nursing do many work placements throughout their degree. In other courses, students are sometimes offered the option of doing a work placement for a semester, studying abroad or continuing their studies in their home college. Choosing the work placement option will stand you in good stead when you come out of college.



Get Transferable Skills

This could be seen as taking the long route towards the job you want. If your CV lacks any type of work experience and an internship or work placement sounds unattractive to you, you can open up the possibilities and apply for a wider range of posiitions that have less strict work experience requirements. Although it may not be in the field that you would like to be working in, this can give you working experience that future employers will still like to see and transferable skills that will help you with your future roles. Furthermore, you could save while working this job so that you can afford to take another option such as an internship.


These are some of the options that will help you gain that first bit of experience that is stopping you in your tracks from making that difficult transition into the industry you want to enter. When a lack of work experience is your weakness, you will need to write your CV in a way that minimises this fault and makes the most of your other strengths. You can read our blog on how to design and write your CV when you have little work experience here:



How To Stand Out In A Job Interview

Do you want to know how to stand out in a job interview? Here at Three Q Recruitment we are celebrating our 19th birthday so we know a thing or two about job interviews. You may feel relatively confident about the interview process, but if you are like most people and want a few extra tips on how to impress that interviewer, read ahead.

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Trust Us To Help Build Your Career

When you apply for a position with Three Q, you know that you can trust us to help build your career. Three Q cares not just that you get your dream job, but that you continue to love it and are happy in your career. At Three Q we believe that it’s the people that work for us that make Three Q such a great recruitment agency, so we work extra hard to make sure that you build your career and have the opportunity to move up the career ladder when you work for us.

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Three Q Personal Care Programme

You know that Three Q is a great recruitment agency, but did you know that we also have a Three Q Personal care Programme? Three Q cares not just that you get your dream job, but that you continue to love it and are happy in your career. At Three Q we believe that it’s the people that work for us that make Three Q such a great recruitment agency.

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How to Have A Better Work Life Balance

One question that we could all do with asking ourselves is how to have a better work life balance. We can all struggling to find that balance in life between work and life from time to time. Do you often wonder how people find time between their jobs to do the things they like? If this sounds like you, Three Q Recruitment are here to help. We have 19 years of experience in the recruitment industry, so we know a thing or two about how to get the perfect balance between work and play.

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The Role Of  A Hotel Duty Manager

The role of  a hotel duty manager is a job title that you may often see on job listings but what does it mean?  Here at Three Q we have a wealth of knowledge when it comes matching hotel duty manager with their perfect employer. So if you’re curious as to what the role requires and what a hotel duty manager does on a day-to-day basis, read on.

The role of a hotel duty manager is to make sure the hotel runs smoothly when the General manager is unavailable. It is a busy role with plenty of responsibility. A candidate for this position must be ready to deal with any situation that may arise and deal with it in a calm professional manner. A Duty Manger must be willing to work in a fast paced environment and command the team under them efficiently.

In the hotel business it isn’t always possible for a General Manager to be present, therefore a Duty Manager acts on behalf of them, making managerial decisions when they are needed.  The Duty manager will look after the running of the business while on duty ensuring business runs as smoothly as possible.

Responsibilities of a Duty Manager

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Within the role of Duty Manager comes a lot of responsibility from over seeing the day to day business and managing your team.  Of course, the main responsibility is to make sure all the guests are satisfied with the hotel’s service. The Duty Manager is responsible for any issues that may occur while on duty, and it is their job to resolve the issue in a professional manner.

The Hours of a Hotel Duty Manger

The hours of a Duty Manager can vary depending on size of hotel and location You will have to work when the General Manager isn’t present.  A duty manager can work around thirty to forty hours per week .

Salary of a Duty Manager

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A duty Manager’s salary will depend on a variety of things such as, education and training, experience and the location of the hotel.

Having knowledge on how a hotel works is essential. In Ireland it is recommended to require a bachelor’s degree in a hospitality course. There are many courses that are helpful to have when applying for work in the hospitality industry.  A general business can also be sufficient.  Although have formal training can be beneficial, you can still become a hotel duty manager by gaining experience and applying to work in entry level positions in the hotel. It is possible to start from the bottom and working yourself up the ladder in the hospitality industry.

If becoming a Duty Manager interests you or if you are currently a Duty Manager looking for a new position, keep an eye on our listings that we are constantly updating with new job opportunities in the industry. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email or phone +353 1878 3335.