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Application Process

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We follow a systematic, competency-based process which ensures equal treatment of all applicants. This process is made up of a number of stages:

Step 1: Online Job Advertisements

We advertise all our vacancies on the Bord na Móna website and www.irishjobs.ie. Please keep an eye out on these websites and apply for suitable job as and when they arise. Remember to submit your most up-to-date CV.

Step 2: Screening

Once the vacancy deadline has passed and all applications have been received, we screen CVs based on the criteria outlined in the job specification.  This allows us to invite those best aligned with the job requirements to complete ability tests relevant to the role.

Step 3: Ability Tests

The ability tests will assess your competencies in a range of areas relevant to the role. The tests require concentration and focus and candidates who meet the required results will proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Tip: We highly recommend that you visit www.shl.com to find out more about these ability tests.
Please take your take time to practice the tests and get tips on how to best prepare yourself before you start the live tests.
It is important to notify us if you have any special requirements as early as possible so that we can accommodate your needs.

Step 4: Personality Tests

Candidates who proceed to the next stage will be invited to complete the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ). The OPQ gives us an insight into a candidate’s preferred working behaviour and personality traits. By completing these assessments, it allows us to select candidates who display values that are aligned to the Company’s values of being Resourceful, Respectful and Engaging.

Step 5: Assessment Centres

For certain roles, a candidate may be required to visit an assessment centre. This involves a day on-site with other candidates where you take part in a number of exercises. These assessments will test you against core competencies that are important for Bord na Móna employees. Examples of these exercises are:

  • case studies
  • group tasks
  • presentations
  • technical exercises

Step 6: Interviews

Interviews at Bord na Móna give you the opportunity to find out more about our company and give us a chance to get to know you. Our interviews adopt a competency-based approach which allows us to examine whether or not you posses certain skills that are important for our roles. A competency-based approach involves reviewing past work experience and explaining how you dealt with specific situations such as:

  • working on a project
  • working within a team
  • dealing with difficult work circumstances

You may also be required to prepare a presentation in advance of the interview.

Interview Tips

  • make sure that you have all the information you need about the role offered.
  • ensure that you have fully researched the job specification.
  • understand the key competencies required for the role.
  • research the company beforehand to ensure you will be happy to work for us – we will also be conscious that you “fit” within our organisation.