Interviews

  • Before the interview  make sure you know what to expect – will the interview be informal/formal, how long will it last and what will you be expected to do etc.
  • Have clear instructions on how to find the business, leave yourself plenty of time.
  • If for some reason you are unable to attend an interview make sure you call to let the employer know.
  • Prepare ahead of time – think about how you can demonstrate you have the relevant skills for this job – plan answers to some of the most common interview questions:
    • Why do you want this job?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses related to this role?
    • Why should we recruit you?
  • Do your research and find out as much information about the company as possible, check their web site, talk to current employees.
  • As a rule dress smartly, but more informal the interview and workplace the more flexible you can be.
  • At the end of the interview you will usually be asked if you have any questions – try to think of some before your interview.
  • At the interview try to relax and smile, remember that prospective employers can often be just as nervous as you.  Try to appear polite and friendly and avoid yes/no answers.
  • Make sure you know what will happen next, when they will contact you.
  • If you get the job – Congratulations! Don’t forget to tell AUSA Student Advice Centre!
  • If you are unsuccessful call the employer to get some feedback – where did you go wrong?