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 it is an online interview make sure you have checked your computer settings ahead of the interview. If you have any issues be sure to contact the organiser ahead 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?
    • Think of examples you can use that illustrate a particualr skill set.
  • 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? use this to build on your performance next time.