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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
My current job is the Area HR Manager in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin. I've been with Hilton now for over 7 years and have been promoted 3 times. I've also had the opportunity to open 2 new hotels which was a fantastic opportunity . The recruitment process at Hilton is fairly rigorous; I had to attend several behavioural interviews, provide references and complete psychometric assessments. I was informed within a week that I had been successful.
Describe a typical day?
I use this question too when I'm interviewing Candidates! Thankfully in my job there is no such thing as a typical day but I do try to organise my day as follows... I'm up at 6am as I swim each day and am at my desk by 8am.
I check emails & voicemails & do a quick walkabout of whichever hotel I am working in. Then I usually have interviews and meetings to attend, promoting training & development and dealing with IR issues.
In HR there's lots of fun activities such as employee social events and co-ordinating charity fundraising events. However my schedule has to be flexible, as I like to be available to my employees as much as possible - they are my customers
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
I am the eternal student... I've been in college since I left school. To date I've qualified as a Chef, Diet Chef & Pastry Chef. I continued my studies on a part-time basis while working & completed a certificate, followed by my degree in Hotel & Catering Management. Then I completed my Diploma in Human Resources Management and I'm currently doing a Diploma in Employment Law
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
I've recently been promoted to Area HR Manager Hilton Dublin so along with my team I am responsible for the HR function for 3 busy Hilton Hotels. However I work a 39 hour week & have evenings & weekends off! Hilton has a policy to promote from within so there are lots of opportunities. We also have a "Hilton Club" for employees, which allows us to stay in Hilton hotels all over the world at discounted rates.
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
Education and Training?
Advice for Others?