Application proccess

Selection Process

Apply online

1. Apply online

Upload your up-to-date CV capturing your academic accomplishments, interests and hobbies. We would also like you to submit a one minute video, (via Whats App to +353 87 1027669), telling us about yourself and outlining why you should be selected for the Carbery Graduate Programme.
Application dates for our graduate programme:
  • Opens on 30th September 2021
  • Closes on 5th November 2021
Complete online assessments

2. Online assessments

  • Aptitude and ability assessments
  • Personality questionnaire
Attend final recruitment event

4. Final recruitment event

The on-site at Carbery recruitment event involves:
  • Structured interview
  • Presentation to a management panel (topic, timing and guidelines will be advised to you in advance)
  • Site tour giving you an opportunity to see our processes, meet our people and ask some questions. Use this opportunity wisely.
Offers made

5. Offers made (December)

Tips to Impress

Ready to prepare? Explore our website for information on our products, business, values, annual reports and recent press releases. Check out the events section of our website and attend one of our graduate recruitment events at UCC, CIT or UL. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to get regular news and updates.

(And you can always use your college / university career service for advice on preparing and writing your CV and answering interview questions.)
Online assessment

For the online assessments, sit comfortably and make sure you are not disturbed. Follow the instructions closely and make sure you fully understand and can complete the practice questions.

Carbery structured interview

We use structured interviews, composed of specific questions, to assess your competence for our programme. Our interviewers will seek specific examples of your past actions or behaviours. Specifically, we are looking to see if you have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to become the next Carbery success story.

Interview tips

Remember to listen to the questions carefully. You can always ask our interviewers to repeat or clarify a question. Don’t be afraid to take time to collect your thoughts before you answer. Keep answers concise and to the point – don’t waffle.

Know your strengths: be confident about what you bring to the process rather than competing with others. You’re here because we feel you have potential.
Know your reasons: be prepared to talk about why you want to work with us and what you can offer.

Remember an interview is a two-way conversation. Think about questions you would like to ask us. We want to get to know you – act naturally and just be yourself!

A tip for great answers

Some examples of interview questions are:
“Give me an example of a goal you set and achieved.”
“Tell me about a time when you had to identify the underlying causes of a problem.”

SAO (Situation-Action-Outcome) is a useful technique when preparing for and answering questions like these:

Describe the… S Situation specific scenario, context
A Action your decision-making, skills, behaviours
O Outcome what happened as a result

The specific examples you provide in your answers can relate to your studies, work experience, hobbies and community activities.


Practice delivering your presentation in advance. During the presentation watch your audience and keep them engaged. Think of the relevant questions you might be asked and prepare answers for those types of questions.

For the 1 minute video

We are looking for a sense of what kind of person you are and how you communicate with this video. Be disciplined in terms of the time – we don’t want any videos over one minute! Sit down and think about the messages that you want to convey to us in advance, write a script or some prompts if that will help, and record a few versions so you can practice what you want to say. Try to record in good light – with a window behind the camera, in daylight is usually good, so that natural light is on your face. Don’t stand in front of the window with your phone/camera facing the window – we won’t be able to see you! Finally, make sure your sound is good and check your video before you send it to make sure you can be heard properly.  No need for any fancy production values or graphics – we want to see who you are as a person with this video, not what you can do with some editing software.


Applications for 2022 are open now