So you’ve won your way through to an interview, well done and great job. Now comes what most people find as the nerve-racking part. But it need not be such a stressful process, preparation is the key.

Practice Your Interview

  • Know yourself – your top five strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments.
  • Familiarise yourself with the types of interview questions the employer may ask you.
  • Write down answers to your questions and practise answering them out-loud.
  • Rehearse your answers in a mock interview with a friend or family member.

Research the Employer

  • Find out as much as you can about the company/ business.
  • Look up the company or employer online, visit their website, Facebook page and Linkedin page.
  • Read their Annual Report and news articles about the company.
  • Visit the Human Resources page on their website.
  • Speak with people who work at the employer or who work in the same industry.

Dress appropriately

  • Dress for success to give a great first impression and build your confidence.
  • Dress conservatively.

Know how to get there

  • Practise getting to the interview location beforehand.
  • Arrive 5-10 min early.
  • Check the bus routes and train timetable a day or two before.
  • Know where you are going to park.

Be Prepared

  • Bring with you copies of your resume, cover letter and key selection criteria.
  • Photo ID.
  • Copy of the Job Description.
  • A notepad pen and paper. 

In the interview

  • Smile, every second counts.
  • Be friendly, positive and confident.
  • Maintain eye contact when listening and speaking.
  • Sound enthusiastic and demonstrate your interest for the job.
  • Use positive body language – try not to fidget or use your hands too much when speaking.
  • Generate active two-way conversation with your answers to questions. 

Talk about your skills

  • Give 1 to 2 minute responses.
  • Discuss your specific accomplishments and examples of your work that demonstrate your ability to do the job.
  • Outline your skills and experience from previous positions and how this experience can relate to the new job.
  • Give examples that demonstrate your initiative and enthusiasm. 

Ask Questions

  • Ask questions about the role to show your interest.
  • Prepare at least two questions you would like to know the answers to before your interview.
  • You may want to find out about: training or career development opportunities or who you would be working with as a team.

End on a high

  • Clearly state your interest and enthusiasm for the position and ask about the timeframes and next steps in the recruitment process.