Interview Tips from AIG

Interview Tips from across the table

So you’ve done your research, polished your CV, sent off your job applications, and now you’ve been invited to have an interview. Great news! Except now you have to have an interview.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of crazy interviews and so many people leave feeling like they had no idea what the interviewer was looking for, so we wanted to tell you what we look for at AIG, and how you can feel better prepared for your interviews.


  •  Do your research. It will really show in the interview if you’re aware of not just the company but also the industry, and tells the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the role rather than just being willing to accept anyone who will hire you! Regardless of the function you’re applying for (we’re an insurance company, for example, that hires a lot of IT students) it’s useful to have an understanding of the industry. Research will also help you to ask good questions in your interview (more of that to come later).
  • Know your CV. You wrote it so make sure you know what’s on it. You don’t have to have everything memorised but if there’s a job or activity on there, you should be ready to talk about it. For a telephone interview it can be useful to have a copy of it in front of you too.
  • Ask good questions. This one is really important! Asking questions shows the interviewer that not only have you researched the company, but you are also taking your career seriously. You might want to ask about how the company stays ahead of their competitors, or how they are adapting to the new technology, or maybe you want to know more about your specific role and the training that’s offered, or the career path. You should also have a few questions prepared in case the interviewer gives you the answer to your question in conversation, leaving you with nothing to ask!
  • Be on time. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are late for both in person interviews and telephone interviews. We have woken a few people up by calling for their telephone interview! Make sure you’ve got enough time so you’re not rushing, and so that you’re ready for any complications (i.e. train delays) that may arise.
  • Try and enjoy it. You’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life, so you may as well start getting used to, and even start enjoying them, now. I know they’re not the most fun thing you can do, but remember the interviewer is just a person and they really want you to be good and do well as it helps them! We’re not against you!


We hope these tips help you with your next interview, and remember it’s all practice. If you don’t do well in an interview, ask for feedback and learn from it. You’re at the beginning of your career and at this stage it’s all learning.

Good luck!

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Building the future – careers event for students & grads with disabilities

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Building The Future is a unique careers event run by AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability), and aimed at students and graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties.

Students and graduates will have the opportunity to polish their job seeking skills and get important tips and advice on successfully adjusting to the world of work and building a fulfilling career.This annual event will once again take place in Citi Dublin, 1 North Wall Quay on Friday 6th June 2014 from 10am – 3.30pm.

Book your free place now.

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Scam jobs and how to avoid them

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UCD Career Development Centre reviews each job and internship advertisement posted on Careers Connect against our Vacancy Handling Policy, in an effort to ensure they are genuine, lawful and non-discriminatory.

Whilst job searching, you may come across vacancies which are not genuine and whose only purpose is to take advantage of you as a job seeker, usually financially! Sometimes these are illegal, but often they exploit loopholes or grey areas in the law, or rely on the applicant not reading and understanding what they are getting into. These are often called ‘scams’ or in some cases ‘phishing’ if they are attempts to obtain your financial/personal data for fraudulent purposes.

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Tips for avoiding scam jobs

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. If a company asks you to ring a premium rate number as the only way to apply, be very wary.
  3. Be suspicious if directed to different numbers, websites or a different company name than the one in the advert you responded to. This may be done to hide a bad reputation or a scam.
  4. Avoid schemes where you make money by signing up new members to sell for you.
  5. Make sure you ask questions about the job if you are unsure.
  6. Do not be pressurised to sign up to anything you do not fully understand.
  7. Do not part with any money unless you understand exactly what you are getting.
  8. When you first apply do not provide bank or financial information, passport or similar identification. These might be required later, but only if you get the job.

If in doubt:

  • Do not apply for the job.
  • Do not agree to sign anything.
  • Do not pay for any services on offer.
  • Do not return any contact with the organisation.
  • Ask UCD Career Development Centre staff for a second opinion.

Get advice on scams

The National Consumer Agency in Ireland’s website has expert information and useful tools on consumer rights and personal finance. They include advice on spotting scams and what to do if you are caught out.

If you believe that you have been victim of an employment scam:

  • Report it! Only if these scams are reported can the Gardai and the National Consumer Agency take action. You can also get advice on what your chances of recovering any money that you might have paid.
  • Make sure you keep copies of all correspondence about the job, write down names, dates and everything you can remember.
  • If the vacancy was inadvertently advertised through UCD Careers Connect or on campus, please tell us immediately by phone (01 716 7574) or email ( so we can withdraw the advert.