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Application Preparation

Preparing Your Application

After an initial consultation, we meet, either in person or online, specifically looking at the role for which you are applying, matching those requirements to your experience and suggesting the experiences you will reference.

You then complete your application within a specified period, sending it to us. We give you competency by competency feedback till your application is ready to send.

We tailor each application to you so that the real, and best, you are presented to the short-listing and interview board.

Preparing Your CV

We will work together to ensure that your CV matches your experience and knowledge to the specific requirements of the role for which you are applying.

You will know your strengths and where you have the skills to take on this new role.

Tips on competency-based interview preparation

To prepare for a competency-based interview, you should first assess your key strengths and weaknesses are. Then, practice answering questions that will assess your ability to perform in specific situations. Finally, be sure to have a few examples of times when you have successfully demonstrated the competencies the interviewer is looking for.


Before an interview, we recommend consulting the below list:

1. Understand the competencies being assessed in the interview.

2. Research the organization and the role to understand what they are looking for in a candidate.

3. Prepare examples of situations in which you have demonstrated the relevant competencies.

4. Practice articulating your examples clearly and concisely.

5. Be prepared to discuss both your successes and failures in relation to the competencies being assessed.

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 Kate helped me to prepare for my first interview in a decade. Her understanding of the complexities of the competency based interview helped bring my knowledge in this area up to date.

Through role play and dialogue, I found myself able to formulate clear, concise answers to the focused questions we worked through, with Kate helping me to draw examples from my experience to date.
There was also an emphasis on the softer interview skills. Kate emphasized the importance of body language, appropriate narratives, and self-reflection in the interview, and offered incisive suggestions about potential areas of change.

This was all done in a professional, competent and insightful manner, with a few belly laughs along the way. 

Senior Health Professional

 I have used Kate Lawler HR Specialist services to help me in my quest for promotion in An Garda Siochána. I was first introduced to Kate by a colleague in 2012 when I was going forward for Superintendent. The work Kate did with me on the competency based interview, the application form and the coaching proved invaluable which resulted in success. This year, 2017, I was going forward for further promotion and again I called on Kate’s help. She spent a lot of time preparing me through the application short listing stage and through the preliminary and second interview stages. Her professional knowledge and experience in competency based interviewing, coupled with her honesty, attention to detail and generosity with her time, ensured that my preparation left nothing to chance. I have been again successful and currently on a promotion panel thanks to Kate. 


 I had the opportunity to engage the service of Kate Lawler recently for a role I was applying for. I found the whole experience extremely positive. Kate brings a wealth of experience, and professionalism to process. She worked with me throughout the process from advice on my application through to interview preparation. Kate is friendly, approachable, helpful, patient and demonstrates a true passion for her work. I truly appreciate the preparation work that she had gone through with me to ensure that I was ready. She provides an outstanding service and definitely one I would recommend to friends and colleagues. Thank you Kate. 

Carol Grogan

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