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Job interview skills

Interviews — 3 tips to get it right

1. Prepare

  • Research the company
  • Always ring for further information
  • Prepare questions for the interview
  • Know yourself and your aspirations
  • Check the address and how to get there, do a practice run the day before if possible
  • Confirm your interview time
  • Use the CareerSuccess Interview Trainer on CareerHub

2. Self-evaluate

  • Consider your skills, values, interests and abilities. Employers like people who know themselves and are well-balanced

3. Relax

  • Try exercising or singing before the interview
  • Try breathing exercises designed to help you relax
  • Power pose

Typical interview format

  • Introduction — rapport building questions
  • Body of the interview - questions and answers, scenarios
  • Give succinct, honest answers
  • Make eye contact and speak slowly
  • You don’t need to speak all the time — pause and wait when you have nothing more to say
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewers to repeat a question if you don’t fully understand what they are asking
  • At the end of the interview ask your prepared questions
  • Thank the panel for their time

Interview format

  • Introduction — rapport building questions
  • Body of the interview questions and answers, most use behavioural interview style
  • Give succinct, honest answers
  • Make eye contact and speak slowly
  • You don’t need to speak all the time — pause and wait when you have nothing more to say
  • Don't be afraid to ask them to repeat a question if you don’t fully understand what they are asking
  • At the end of the interview ask your prepared questions
  • Thank the panel for their time

Good luck with your applications and don’t forget to access our Fact Sheets and Interview360 on CareerSuccess.

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