Job Interview Tips

This tips page was compiled from suggestions by our members.  We hope you find it useful.

Job interviews can be stressful but you can reduce this if you are well prepared. Below are some tips you can follow.  Practice these tips with a friend or family member and remember you can never prepare enough.  When practicing avoid terms such as “like” and “you know” and don’t sound too rehearsed, as though you have memorised each answer.

Be on time.

It’s their money.  Employers have an obligation and a right to employ people who will best help them achieve their objectives.  They set the rules and the boundaries – not prospective employees in a job interview.
First impression counts. Dress suitably and wear your best work outfit.  Be meticulous about cleanliness and personal hygiene.  Avoid strong or 'loud' colours. Do not chew gum.  Remember – most Victorian workplaces are required by law to be smoke free, so don’t smoke either during or before the interview (they may be able to smell it on you!).

Be yourself. Speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences and skills. Be professional, but don't be afraid to let your personality shine through.

Listen carefully. Remember what the employer tells you about the job and answer the questions that were asked.  This way you can avoid asking a question that the employer has already talked to you about.

Address the job criteria. Carefully research the job and the company by requesting information personally, or going to the company’s website for material about job descriptions and company annual reports.

Be positive. Don’t talk about your bad feelings or give any excuses about a negative experience. Focus on stating the positive facts and lessons learnt from your experiences.

Be poised. Pay attention to non-verbal behaviour. Look the interviewer in the eye, sit up straight with both feet on the floor. You should also control nervous habits such as fingernail biting and giggling.

Don’t burn your bridges.  While it’s important to be positive, prepare yourself for disappointing news.  If you are unsuccessful, thank the employer for their time and the opportunity to meet them.  You never know, the employer may contact you if another opportunity arises in the future.