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Job Interviews


Congratulations! You successfully navigated your way through the application process and landed an interview. Now is your chance to outshine the competition and make a positive impression on your next potential employer.

The most effective way to ensure you enter a job interview confidently is to prepare beforehand. By preparing, you can be confident in your ability to answer any questions. This prior preparation will enable you to highlight how your skills, knowledge and experience make you the best person for the role.


Types of Interviews


In-person

  • Be sure to observe the interviewer’s style of interviewing and mirror this.
  • Do not interrupt or cut the interviewer off.
  • Be structured when providing answers and ensure that you give clear examples and are happy with the amount of content.
  • If you do not understand the question, ask the interviewer to repeat the question, paraphrase or ask for clarification.

Panel

  • There are often 2-3 people from a range of roles.
  • When answering a question provide eye contact to all panel members.
  • Do your research if possible and find out who will be interviewing you before the interview.
  • Prepare specific questions for each panel member about the role, company, or industry.

Digital/Video

  • Digital or recorded interviews are becoming a popular interview method.
  • The employer sends you a link to questions that they have been pre-recorded.
  • When you click this link, you will be required to have your camera and computer audio connected so you can record your response to the interview questions.
  • The questions either appear on the screen or a person speaks the question and then you have 2 or 3 minutes to record your answer.

Group

  • Can also be known as an Assessment Centre.
  • These interviews assess your ability to work as part of a team and your work behaviours.
  • There are usually several individual and/or group activities to complete during the interview process, with your suitability for the advertised position being assessed throughout the entire session.

Phone

  • Usually less formal than a face-to-face format but you would prepare in the same way.
  • Find a quiet space where you will not be interrupted.
  • Have a glass of water handy and your resume and the job description with you.
  • Use the tone in your voice to show enthusiasm for the role and organisation.

Interview Success


The interview starts as soon as you enter the building so here are a collection of top tips to assist.

  • Know the organisation – this demonstrates your interest and will also help you plan meaningful questions.
  • Always arrive early as this allows time for any unforeseen circumstance plus time to calm your nerves and find the meeting location.
  • Remember to turn your mobile phone off.
  • Dress appropriately as this shows respect to the employer and be mindful of your personal hygiene.
  • Make a strong introduction with a smile, firm handshake and maintain good eye contact.
  • Find out the name of the person or panel members before the interview.
  • Body language leaves an impression so know your habits and control them.
  • Listen to the question carefully and if you are unsure ask for clarification.
  • Know yourself – what are your work strengths? Be prepared to provide examples that demonstrate these and how they relate to the advertised role.
  • Prepare examples of when you have used the skills being asked, these can generally be identified from the job advertisement.
  • After the formal questions, you will be asked if you have any questions of your own. Always have at least a couple of questions ready. These may include questions about the role, company, the interviewer/s, timeframe for a decision, etc.

It is a good idea to send a follow-up email thanking the employer for the interview. This does lead to job offers. Sending a thank you email shows that you are polite and considerate. This might be the difference between you and another candidate.

If you do not get the job you have been interviewed for, ask for feedback to help you improve your interview performance. Ask questions like:

  • Do you have any suggestions or feedback regarding my approach or attitude?
  • Do you have any hints on how I could improve my interview skills?

Proper preparation will help reduce the stress involved in job interviews. And the more you prepare, the more comfortable and successful you are likely to be.

Once you secure your new role, ensure you know your rights and the types of behaviour expected in the workplace. Refer to the useful links for information to help you start work in a confident and positive way.


Useful links


Fair Work Guide for Starting a New Job:
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/online-training/online-learning-centre/starting-a-new-job

Fair Work Information Statement:
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/national-employment-standards/fair-work-information-statement

Fair Work Minimum Workplace Entitlements:
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/minimum-workplace-entitlements

Fair Work Guidance for International Students:
https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/rights-and-obligations/international-students


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