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Interview Tips

You've landed an interview? That's great news! Now is your chance to showcase your skills and experience. The more effort you put into your preparation, the more success you’ll see in receiving job offers. Here are a few tips to get you started in preparing for the big day.

Preparation

  • Review your resume and make sure everything is up to date and relevant. Put together a career portfolio which should include: printed references, proof of qualifications, trade certificates and any other relevant documentation.
  • Do your research and find out more about the company and be ready to ask a few questions. Furthermore, determine how the opportunity will impact upon your immediate and long-term career development.
  • Be proactive and find out more about your interviewer by conducting online searches via LinkedIn or company website. Remember the interviewer's full name, the correct pronunciation and their title. Write it down if necessary.
  • Be punctual and arrive 15 minutes before the interview starts. This will allow for extra time if you're taking public transport or are unfamiliar with the area.
  • Build confidence by and preparing answers to a broad range of technical questions about yourself, your career and the industry.

The interview 

  • Be upbeat, speak clearly and greet everyone you meet with courtesy and respect.
  • Make a good impression by dressing appropriately and selecting clothing that reflects your natural style and personality. 
  • Avoid negative body language, smile and don't forget to make eye contact.

Listen carefully and ask insightful questions

  • What are the primary objectives and duties of the position? Why is the role available?
  • What are its responsibilities, procedures and reporting structure?
  • Does the role require travel or relocation?
  • What is the company's outlook in terms of stability, growth and new project development?
  • Is there potential for advancement within the company or its divisions? Ask about promotions and how often salary reviews are conducted.
  • And finally, remember to thank your interviewer and ask, “What are the next steps in the interview process?”
 
We have given you a few brief examples of the type of question you could ask when being interviewed. You will have a greater chance of success by being genuinely interested and asking questions that show you have thoroughly researched the company and position.
 
Many candidates give great answers, but few ask great questions.
 
Still nervous about your job interview or need further advice? Speak to your consultant and they'll help you with your preparation and presentation.