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We asked Kevin Moran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kevin Moran

Insurance Administrator


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  Kevin Moran
Work hard, it is important to have a good work ethic and to always be open to facing new challenges. An open mind is very important as the financial services industry is one that has undergone and will continue to undergo many changes. An appetite for learning is also very important as the need to broaden ones knowledge is paramount.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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  Hint: Bank of Ireland

I saw an ad in a local newspaper stating that Banking 365 were holding a Recruitment Open Day in a hotel in the area.


I bought a suit, went on the Internet to pick up some interview tips and borrowed library books on aptitude tests so I could practice.


I presented myself at 9.00am on the day in question - I was actually the first to arrive! I had to fill in a short questionnaire and then sit selection tests. I was glad I had practiced because it put me in the right frame of mind to complete the tests.


We waited whilst the tests were checked and successful applicants then had to sit an interview with two managers from Banking 365. It was a general interview where they went through my CV in terms of my education and work experience to date.


Later that day I received a telephone call to say I had come through the interview stage and would have a telephone interview the next day. This was really daunting.


I went on the Internet again and picked up some tips on telephone interviews. The interview lasted about 20 minutes - you really had to have your wits about you and literally think on your feet so as not to have too much dead air.


Later that week I received a phone call offering me the position - I was delighted!

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