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Job interviews are enough to send even the most laid-back and breezy folk into a fit of nervous sweats. 

No matter how well prepared and qualified you may be, there's always a fear that you'll say or do something that'll ultimately ruin your chances of landing the position and leave you questioning your ability to function as a fully fledged human.

Sure, on paper it all sounds pretty simple – make eye contact, be polite, shake hands, and ask questions. But what are the things we should avoid doing in order to convince our potential new employers that we're right for the role? 

Well, jobs website Simply Hired carried out a survey of 850 hiring managers to find out just that. 

Rather unsurprisingly, results showed that arriving late was the number one interview no no. 

Explain just how detrimental tardiness can be, and what to run if you find yourself running late, recruiter Jamie Hichens told Glassdoor:

“Being late to an interview with no explanation or without emailing or calling ahead to say they are running late. This one will knock out  99% of interviewees."

“At the very least, if you’re running late, call and offer an ETA, an explanation, or an offer to reschedule. And remember to apologise for the inconvenience.”

Next came on the list of interview deal-breakers came whining at 92 per cent, followed closely by lack of preparation at 89 per cent. 

Here's the full list: 

1. Arriving to an interview late (93 per cent)

2. Whining (92 per cent)

3. Showing lack of preparation (89 per cent)

4. Criticising a former boss (88 per cent)

5. Criticising a former company (87 per cent)

6. Making grammar of spelling mistakes in a covering letter (86 per cent)

7. Using poor grammar in an interview (84 per cent)

8. Having unrealistic compensation requirements (84 per cent)

9. Being underqualified (80 per cent)

10. Answering questions incorrectly (77 per cent)

So, if you're on the hunt for a new job, try to avoid doing any of the above at all costs. The most important thing is to be yourself and remember that you wouldn't have landed the interview if they didn't think you have what it takes. 

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“My first memories are of the barbed wire at the end of our street.”

Memories are very important to Deirdre Mackel. In honour of International Women's Day, we sat down with the Belfast artist and Deliveroo cyclist to chat with her about art, feminism, cycling and everything in-between. 

“My art is inspired by the little memories I have of childhood. They’re symbolic, but not overtly so,"she says of her art.

“I get the memory and I go with my trail of thought and see what comes out of it.”

What comes out of the past has a lot to say about the future. Several of Deirdre's works tackle the construction of femininity and break down what exactly it means to be a woman in today's society. 

"I did an ironing board sculpture and it really represented the futility of domesticity. Why do we bother ironing? Why are we wasting our lives doing the same thing day after day?" 

An image that Deirdre keeps returning to are dresses. For her, they have a personal meaning as well as feminist one.

"I remember drawing myself on the back of a wedding invitation when I was about three. I was curious about it so I tracked down that same paper online. I didn't realise that they were the colours that I always used in my painting." 

Dresses are not only a source of memory for Deirdre, but they also represent something deeper. 

“For me, dresses represent conformity and non-conformity. They’re the christening gown, the communion dress and the wedding dress. They represent what’s expected of a nice, Catholic girl.”

After studying Fine Art in The University of Ulster, Deirdre now brings art and creative projects to Belfast's local communities. She's passionate about finding healing through art. A recent instillation finds beauty in barbed wire. 

"That was my childhood. There was barbed wire at the end of our street, that was my play-ground growing up. That's why I call these instillations accidental gardens. It's all about finding those tiny spots of beauty." 

She works with community groups bringing out creativity in everyone from children to elderly groups. 

“One of my favourite things is creating art in what are known as ‘problem spaces’. These are places that have a lot of bad feelings and memories attached to them.”

One such problem space was an old RUC police barracks. With Deirdre's help and encouragement, a seniors group used their croqueting skills, tuning a place that many of them had loathed and feared into a colourful knitted garden. 

"Seeing them have a tea party in the garden surrounded by their work- that's the kind of thing that drives me." 

Historically, certain communities in Belfast suffered real or perceived barriers accessing art galleries. With the help of EU funding, Deirdre is breaking down these barriers. 

"You only have to look at the giant murals on the Falls road to know that the creative instinct was always there. They’re phenomenal works of art, now we have tourists come just to visit them.

“Twenty years ago, there was a distinct lack of place for the arts and creative activities. Now a lot of the community art projects are funded by the EU. We’re working with artists to create public art trails around the city. It’s all about turning the physical scars of the conflict into something people can feel proud of and have ownership of.

“It greatly contributes to the health and wellbeing of people in the community, being about to claim ownership of a sculpture or a piece of art is a powerful thing. It’s one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about art in the community.”

As well as looking out for the community, Deirdre also takes care of her own health and wellbeing and makes some extra cash dollar at the same time. 

“I've always loved cycling. I remember seeing lads on Deliveroo  bikes and thinking that that was something I’d like to do.

“I saw an ad not long after, so I just decided to go for it.”

Being out on the bike is a fantastic way to keep fit, after her first day she "couldn't move for days" but now takes it all in her stride, or spin if you will. 

While there are good and bad days on the bike, the positives far outweigh the negatives of the job. 

“Some days it can be freezing for you can get soaked. I’ve fallen off my bike once or twice but the great thing is you just hop back up and keep going.

“I really enjoy it, I get to see parts of the city that I never would otherwise and have made some great friends for all different kinds of backgrounds.”

Most of Deirdre's co-cyclists are men, which "surprised" her. 

"I definitely think that it's a great job for both men and women. You get out and about in air, there's just so many advantages.

"Or maybe I'm just mad," she laughs. 

Her advice for any aspiring creative types out there? Just go for it. 

“If you want to do something, all you need is to want to do it. There’s just this switch that decides ‘right, I’m going for this now’. Listen to it." 

An artist with a spinning ambition, Deirdre is definitely one to watch this International Women's Day! 

To find out more about becoming a Deliveroo driver see here. 

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It's safe to say everyone can get a little bit scared when it comes to job interviews.

They're daunting and unpredictable, and make us all super nervous.

But when it comes down to it, how many of us actually pluck up the courage to ask the interviewer questions at the end?

Young woman thinking with pen while working / studying at her desk

Sure, you might have a few prepared, but most of the time, those either get forgotten about, or you're shoved out the door to make way for the next candidate.

So, if you want some extra information about the company, or want to find out more about room for growth and development, here are a few questions to fire their way at the end of your interview:

What is the company culture?

Victorimedia says that this is, "an oldie, but a goodie." Company culture means what the company does for fun and what the work life environment is like.

By asking this question you'll find out what it's like to work in their business, and what the attitudes of your future colleagues will be like.

Having a good place to work in and having supportive people behind you is a major plus in any job.

advice, advise, advisor

 

What is the performance review process like?

As Enterprisealive.ie writes, you don't want this question to be picked up the wrong way, however, it's a very important question to ask.

It will benefit you to know if you're going to grow within the business, if there will be any promotions available in the future and if you'll get any rewards for a job well done.

If they don't have an answer or look nervous – this could be a red flag that there's not a lot of movement or raise potential.

class, diary, exam

 

Is there anything about my application that gives you doubt? If so, I'd love to discuss those concerns.

This question is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but it's a great conclusion to any interview.

That kind of vulnerability isn't easy, but many employers will be impressed by your confidence to ask it.

If your interviewer replies with some critique, this will give you the chance to explain yourself and set the record straight.

adult, blur, boss

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OK, so you were finally called for an interview; your CV is perfect, you're dressed nicely and now, it's time to impress.

You've researched the company and the person who is going to interview you – you're all set, right?

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While you may think so, some employers like to throw curve balls and ask questions that don't necessarily have anything to do with the job in question.

So, instead of panicking and cracking an abominable joke, top recruitment agency, Glassdoor, used its data base to find the hardest questions you might face in an interview.

Be prepared, ladies:

  • “What on your CV is the closest thing to a lie?” – Marketing and Communications Employee, The Phoenix Partnership

 

  • “How would your enemy describe you?” – Advertising Sales Grad Scheme, Condé Nast

 

  • “What's the most selfish thing you've ever done?” – Graduate Consultant, PageGroup

 

  • “If your best friend was here what advice would he give you?” – CCP, American Express

 

  • “Describe your biggest weakness. Then describe another.” – Forward Deployed Software Engineer, Palantir Technologies

 

  • “How do you cope with repetition?” – Product Specialist, Tesla Motors

 

  • “Who is your hero, and why?” – Product Quality Employee, GE

 

  • “What does social justice mean to you?” – Content Marketing Manager, ThoughtWorks

 

  • “What is your coping mechanism when you have a bad day?” – Consultant, Switch Consulting

 

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Look, there are very few people who don't feel nervous at the prospect of a job interview.

Even if you're confident in your knowledge, experience and skillset, you're still attempting to sell yourself in a pressurised enviroment, and Lord knows that's not always easy.

They say a good CV will get you in the door, but a good interview will get you on the payroll, so preparing for that all-important meeting is absolutely paramount.

If you've recently been called to interview, it's now time to check out our top five tips to overcome nerves and show that interviewer what you're made of.

1. Research the company

Never, ever, ever go into an interview without a clear understanding of the company's goals and objectives.

Trying to bluff your way out of a question about the organisation's history or winging a response on their general aims will be a massive red flag for any interviewer.

You can't be guaranteed they'll always ask, but being able to slip your knowledge in during the conversation will rack up serious Brownie points.

2. Research the interviewer

If you have been given the name of your interviewer, the next step is to check them out on LinkedIn.

Not only will it help you put a face to a name, but it will give you an insight into the values and qualities they rate as both an employee and employer.

And hey, you may have something in common which you can mention if the opportunity arises in the interview.

3. Know your job spec inside out

An interview is your opportunity to show a potential employer that you, put simply, are the solution to their problem.

And the easiest way to do this is by addressing the various aspects of the job spec, and highlighting the various ways you can fulfil them.

Attending an interview without having a clear idea of the role required of you will make for a pretty short interview. ( And not in a good way)

4. Prepare typical responses

Thankfully, most interviews follow a pretty typical pattern which means you can calm your nerves by preparing a list of questions they're likely to ask you.

Do not, however, learn any responses off by heart because – given the pressure of the moment – you may lose track and end up confusing both yourself and your potential employer.

Make some key points around standard questions, and go from there,

Prepare real-life examples

It's become more and more common for employers to ask you to draw on real-life examples in order to bolster and support your claims.

Being asked to provide examples when you don't have any prepared is a nightmare in anyone's language, so make sure you're sorted on this front.

Consider times you solved a problem for a employer or client, or recall incidents where your skillset remedied an issue, and communicate them clearly while allowing your interviewer to ask questions about it.

And finally….

Remember that your interviewer will expect nerves, and will give you time to relax before you get properly started.

Your interviewer wants you to be good because it makes their life easier, so keep that in mind throughout.

Take your time when answering the questions. There is no rush, so don't rap your answers!

Accept a glass of water – you will need it!

Wear an outfit you  feel confident and comfortable in – it matters more than you might think!

Only do what feels natural. Yes, you may have heard that being more animated with your hands makes you look more enthusiastic, but if it distracts you from answering the questions properly then really, what was the point?!

Don’t let changes in the interview set-up throw you. Your knowledge and skills remain the same!

Now, go get 'em, girl.

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Vin Diesel has a new movie coming out, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, and like many other actors, started a bit of a press tour to get people buzzed about the flick.

However, at Brazil's Comic-Con Experience 2016, where Vin did his first interview, things just went from bad to awful.

The Fast & Furious star was being interviewed by Youtuber Carol Moreira, and it got very uncomfortable, very quickly.

It all starts off normal, but then in the middle of a question, where Carol asks about working with Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, Vin decided to say this:

"God, you're so beautiful. My god, she's so beautiful, man. Am I right or wrong? Look at her. How am I supposed to do this interview? Look at this woman. She's so beautiful. Talk to me, baby!"

Yep, weird. But, it got worse.

When Carol went on to ask, "what is your story?" Mr Diesel retorted: "What's your story?

"Let's get outta here. Let's go, let's go have lunch. My god, I love her. Look how beautiful she is. God, wow, man."

Let's get outta here… seriously?!

And it went on, when Carol asked the star about his love for nerdy stuff like her, he said: "I'm anything like you because I love you."

Then, Vin pulled his entourage off camera to tell them: "Look how beautiful she is. You guys think this is a joke. How am I supposed to sit over here looking at such beauty? C'mon guys. She's so beautiful. I'm in love. I'm in love with the interviewer."

And how is Carol acting throughout this? She just smiles and tries to move onto the next question.

But, Vin doesn't give up so easily. Just as the interview is coming to an end, he stops ANOTHER time to say: "I love her. Man, she's so f*cking sexy.

"I can't do this interview. Look at her. Does anyone see this? Guys, what's wrong? Am I the only one saying this? Look at her. She's so f*cking beautiful. It's like you can't even do an interview with her."

And if ALL that wasn't bad enough, he then gets down on his knees and crawls over to Carol.

"Oh my god, someone save me. When did this turn into [a] beautiful world? When did this turn into the most beautiful girl in Brazil? When did this turn into I love you?"

Yep. WTF.

The Youtuber uploaded the video on her channel yesterday, which she introduces in her native language, Portuguese, saying:

"I was not sure what to do. I just laughed because it was a very delicate situation. I did not like it. At the time I did not know how to react, but you will see that I was uncomfortable, it was not legal and that he interrupted my work…"

There's nothing wrong with paying a compliment, but seriously? No grown man should act like that.

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Lamar Odom has given his first interview since his near-fatal overdose last year.

On an upcoming special of US TV show The Doctors, the former basketball player speaks about his battle with drugs and what made him hit that "low-point."

In a clip for the episode, Lamar is asked what was his last memory before waking up in hospital, to which he replies, "Being in that damn brothel and thinking I was going to just rest a little bit.

"I wasn't in a good place mentally, especially mentally, before that incident happened."

Lamar then wells up with tears before saying, "Me and my wife at the time were going through some things. I was in a dark place."

In the short video, he also says that while he's still recovering from the overdose, he has to look at the positives from what occurred.

"So I guess they say everything happens for a reason so I guess I'm here so I can tell a story."

And it was Khloe who had to tell him everything when he woke up in hospital. "I didn't know until Khloe had told me that I was in a coma. I couldn't even speak at the time. I couldn't talk.

"Nothing would come out when I would open my mouth, so I was scared," he added.

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Her summer split with Alex Mytton hit headlines across the UK and Ireland, but former Made in Chelsea star Nicola Hughes admits that she's is making the most of her newly single status.  

Indeed, it was widely rumoured earlier this year that she was healing her broken heart in the arms of none-other than Jean Bernard Fernandez Versini. 

 

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Speaking to SHEmazing! in Dublin earlier this week in her capacity as an Instyler ambassador, the Sandyford native insists she’s not actually "dating” Cheryl Cole’s ex-husband. 

However, Ms Hughes did playfully mention that she and the dashing French businessman have certainly “talked since” being pictured leaving a London nightclub together in June.

That said, it seems even Jean Bernard won’t be tempting the 26-year-old away from her life as a singleton any time soon.

“I actually love being single,” she reveals. “I never thought I would say that in my life, but I do. I don’t think I’d date anyone any time soon in the public eye. 

"I kind of want to take a break from all of that drama and everyone knowing your business.”

 

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The Dublin model furthermore explains why she chose not to film her Made In Chelsea breakup with Alex, detailing the benefits of regaining her freedom from the hit E4 reality show.

“I didn’t want to fly to France and film the breakup. I didn’t see the point,” confesses Nicola. “I joined that show more or less for Alex… It was all on his terms and for the first time it was my terms.”

Despite describing her time on the series as an “amazing opportunity”, Nicola remains adamant that she will not be returning to the reality genre any time soon. Instead, she'll be turning her attention towards TV presenting and designing her new clothing line.

“It’s nice to have my freedom back… You don’t really have much of a life [when filming]. You’re theirs, so it’s nice to have a break from it.”

 

Pity you had to leave so soon @tiffanyc_watson  We'll make the most of it next time

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It's a point Nicola’s friend and former co-star Tiffany Watson, who joined her in the capital on Tuesday to promote InStyler’s new Straight Up Straightening Brush, very much agrees with.

Sadly, Tiffany’s hectic filming schedule meant she could only stop off in Ireland for the InStyler shoot.

The star’s work commitments also cut her recent birthday trip to Iceland with boyfriend Sam Thompson notably short.

“We’ve just been to Iceland for my birthday last week. We couldn’t get any more time off from filming so we just went for two days and one night,” she explains.

But even brief romantic getaways appear welcome, as Tiffany’s once tumultuous relationship seems to have entered a more positive, drama-free phase.

“I think [Sam and I] have gotten really good at speaking about everything and understanding that certain things are not how they would be if we weren’t on the show,” she says.

“I really trust him and I think [the show is] a test of your relationship. If you can get through, it must mean you’re good together.”

 

Happy birthday to a beautiful set of ears @tiffanyc_watson you make me

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The InStyler Straight Up Straightening Brush is available from instyler.ie for €69.99.

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For the first time in almost 30 years, The Late Late Show will be leaving Ireland to meet a special guest.

Ryan Tubridy has revealed that this week’s show will feature an exclusive Irish interview with legendary singer-songwriter Bruce Springteen.

Speaking of the decision to film in London, the 43-year-old presenter said: “For one night only, The Late Late Show is making a small detour to London for a very special guest.” 

 

Photo by Annie Leibovitz. See more from Bruce's @vanityfair cover story at vanityfair.com

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“This is very unusual, and not something we do very often, but when The Boss comes calling, you just can't say no.”

“The Irish people have a particular love of Bruce Springsteen, and him for us, and people will see that in the interview,” continued Ryan.

“We hope that people will roll with it because we felt he was someone worth chasing.”

 

Rolling Stone – October 20, 2016

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Gay Byrne was the last Late Late host to travel abroad for an interview.  He met Jane Fonda in London in 1989.

Olympian Rob Heffernan, broadcaster Jeremy Pax and model Vogue Williams will also feature on the show.

 

Another shot from last weeks Life cover shoot

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The Late Late Show is on RTÉ One on Friday at 9:35pm.

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When you sing on a track called Shout Out To My Ex, you’d think you’d be prepared to answer questions about, well, your ex.

But apparently for Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, this is not the case.

During a recent interview with Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp, the 25-year-old pop star grew agitated and stormed out of the studio after being asked if the band needed to clear the song with their former flames.

 

I will forever live in these thigh highs..  #shoutouttomyex

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“If you write a song like this, do you have to speak to all exs?,” asked Roman.

While all the girls had a notably awkward response, Leigh-Anne whispered something to Perrie Edwards before turning to the DJ to tell him his question was “inappropriate”.

Roman was quick to apologise and attempted to move forward with the conversation but the singer interrupted him and began ranting about being quizzed about her love life.

She said: “It just gets on my nerves when people ask things like that.  We’re not here to talk about exs.”

“I know the song is called that, but talk about how it’s a positive thing.  Do you know what I mean?”

Leigh-Anne then told her bandmates to continue the interview without her, before walking out of the studio while spurting curse words.

Perrie was quick to cover for her friend by explaining that Leigh-Anne had been “having a bad day”.

Thankfully for the mortified DJ the whole thing was a prank as shortly after Leigh-Anne's exit, a full choir invaded the studio to sing Uptown Funk with the girls.

Classic!

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She’s one of the most recognisable women in the music industry, but Nicole Scherzinger is well aware that her fame has come at a cost.

In a candid interview with The Mirror Online, the X Factor judge confessed to putting work ahead of family and even admitted to missing “out on life” because of her demanding career.

The 38-year-old star said: “Look at me?  I’m not married and I ain’t got no kids yet.  I’m still like ‘let’s go.’”

“Of course work has come at a sacrifice.  I’ve missed out on life.”

 

Moments before performing with @andreabocelliofficial tonight…always such an honor. Dress by @labourjoisie

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The singer – whose seven year relationship with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton finished last year – also acknowledged that her love life has been affected by her career orientated ambitions.

Speaking of her current romance with Maria Sharapova’s ex Grigor Dimitrov, Nicole said: “It’s a sacrifice when you put your heart into a job.  Relationships suffer.”

But the former Pussycat Doll remains adamant that once she has met her goals, she will consider starting a family.

 

Check out my Glamour cover, out next Thursday!

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“I never expected marriage and kids by now,” she said.  “I have so much more to give as an artist.  Last year I got to do Cats in the West End and that was so fulfilling.  I see a vision of what I want as an artist.”

“Now I’m going to the top of that mountain.  When I get there, then I’ll have time for a family, and kids.”

 

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

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It was the documentary that hooked us all last Christmas, and now it won't be long until Steven Avery will be able to tell all in his first ever broadcast interview.

Steven is set to speak to Dr Phil on his daytime talk show next month, but of course it will be a phone interview as the Wisconsin native remains in prison.

The host of the show will also welcome Steven's newly-announced fiancée Lynn Hartman, where she will discuss their relationship and what it's like being with someone behind bars.

Steven was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach and is serving a life sentence in Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.

Shortly after Making A Murderer came out, Steven filed an appeal against his case.

We're looking forward to the second season of the series to come out.

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