Interview hints

An interview provides an opportunity for the selection panel to determine your suitability for the position. It gives you the opportunity to build on the information you have provided in your application and will help you clarify whether this position is right for you and whether you would like to work at Southern Cross University.

Give yourself the best chance for success by relating your skills, experience and achievements to the requirements of the job and the needs of the University.

Here are some basic hints to help you make the most of this opportunity:

Preparing for your interview

Careful preparation will ensure that you have the best possible chance for success. Consider including the following steps in your preparation:

  • Re-read the Position Advertisement - know what the job is about;
  • Find out as much as you can about the work unit and the University;
  • Closely consider the selection criteria and the skills required. Have examples ready that demonstrate your experience to the selection panel. Remember both your past successes and the lessons you have learnt from past experience;
  • Look at the responsibilities of the position and, if the position has a supervisory role, consider the extra responsibilities involved. Think about the challenges you might encounter in this position and how you would manage them. Draw on past experience to provide specific examples of how you have managed challenging situations;
  • Plan and make note of any questions that you may need to ask. Keep them to a minimum and make sure they are relevant;
  • Take a copy of your application and any other relevant information with you to the interview and refer to them if necessary;
  • Obtain accurate and detailed instructions on where the interview is to be held and how to get there;
  • Arrive on time for the interview, allowing time for issues such as traffic delays; and
  • Dress appropriately and comfortably.

At the interview

After welcoming and introducing you to the selection panel members, the Chair of the Panel will normally outline the interview format. During your interview, some of the Panel members may choose to record your answers to help them accurately recall your responses when making their final recommendation.

Try to:

  • Relax. Be confident in your responses and manner and be aware of your body language (eg maintain eye contact with the Panel members and speak clearly);
  • Be yourself;
  • Listen to the questions carefully. Take a few moments to put your thoughts together before answering. If necessary, ask for the question to be repeated. Clarify the question if you do not understand it;
  • Be clear, concise and honest in your answers. Use the limited time available in your interview wisely;
  • If you have any relevant reports or other work you have done, which will provide examples of your skills and abilities, and can be verified by referees, present them at the interview; and
  • If necessary, ask any questions that will help you make a decision about whether you would like to work with us.

These hints are provided as a starting point to help you prepare for your interview. They are not intended to be an exclusive guide. If you have questions that are not answered on this website please contact HR Services.