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Job Interview Tips

If the recruiter likes what they see on your application or resume, it’s unlikely that you’ll be offered a job straight away. Instead, the next step in the selection process is usually an interview. Your interview could be conducted in person, on the phone, or via Zoom.

Employers use interviews to get a better idea of whether you’re going to be a good match for the job and fit in with their organisation. It’s also a chance for them to do a little more digging about what you’ve listed on your resume (so don’t be tempted to lie).

It’s OK to be nervous at interviews, but remember that even the people running your interview have been in the same situation (probably many times over). If you find yourself unsure, we have some job interview tips you might like to check out.

 

Interview prep tips

 

  • Get busy learning about the organisation you’ve applied to and do some reading about similar roles.
  • Research some of the questions you’re likely to be asked and write down some answers.
  • Practise answering interview questions, do mock interviews with teachers or grown-ups, or use job interview simulators.
  • Practise how you answer – remember not to ramble and to take breaths and talk nice and slowly.
  • Make sure you know where you’re going, that you’ve got the time and date right, and how you’ll get there.
  • Double check if there’s anything you need to take with you.

 

Best practise for answering questions

 

Try to get used to using the STAR Technique to answer interview questions:

  • Situation: Describe the situation and when it took place.
  • Task: Explain the task, the goal and your role.
  • Action: Provide details about the action you took.
  • Result: Talk about the results of your actions, try and use concrete numbers or evidence if possible.

 

Why you need to prepare

 

Being prepared will help you feel more confident and answer questions more easily. Plus, it could impress your interviewer and show them that you’re interested in their business and have used your initiative.

Pro Tip: Try to keep your answers short and relevant to both the question and the job you’re applying for.

 

Need more help?

 

Explore the blogs on our website for heaps more useful tips and info on how to ace job applications and interviews.

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