Congratulations! You’ve been invited to an interview for the job of your dreams. There’s no need to worry; we have some advice for a stress-free job interview, and it’s all about preparation. Read on to discover how to impress at an interview, while staying as cool, calm and collected as possible.
Research the Employer
The most important thing to do before a job interview is get to know all about the employer and the industry. It’s not always the industry you studied at uni!
This shows that you’re about to conduct effective research, and you’ll be able to understand the requirements the role you’re applying for.
Things To Look For
- The skills, experiences and attitude the company values. A company’s website is a good place to start.
- Any key employers of the company, and what they have to say about the industry they’re in. LinkedIn is great for this.
- The products and services the company is known for.
- The culture and values of the company. Have they been in the news lately?
What are the aspects of the company that closely align with your own skills and values? Be prepared to share these with the interviewer when asked ‘Why did you apply for this position?’.
We've put together some helpful example questions, and information on how to answer them.
What Will They Ask?
You’ll often be asked behavioural-based interview questions that give you the opportunity to provide examples of previous achievements. A good indicator of future success is how you’ve handled situations in the past, and what you’ve learnt from those experiences.
Think about anecdotes that show off your skills and abilities using the STAR technique. These examples show that you can identify and articulate problems to be solved, develop a plan for solving them, and achieve results.
What is STAR?
- Situation: Describe a time when you were required to achieve a particular task, demonstrate particular skills, or accomplish something specific.
- Task: Outline the particular goal you were working towards, and the considerations you needed to make.
- Action: Explain how you achieved the goal and the steps you took to do so. If it was a team project, be sure to explain your role within that team.
- Result: What was the outcome your action steps? What did you learn? You can share more than one positive result.
A Good Impression
Use positive language in an interview to leave a favourable impression on the interviewer.
Employers want to select a candidate with a positive attitude, good sense of self-awareness and ability to contribute to the culture of their workplace.
Get a friend to run through the sample interview questions and give you feedback. Make sure you have a few scenarios up your sleeve to use as examples of your achievements in the interview. The interview will often relate to the selection criteria, so make sure you can provide further information about the points made in your responses.
Career advisors can run through mock interviews with you.
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An interview is also your chance to scope out a workplace and check that it’s a good fit for you. Evaluate what you really want in a company, and the types of things you’re looking for in a workplace.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company - in fact, they expect it. Keep something in reserve though...you probably don’t want to ask about salary in the first interview.
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