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Job Interview Preparation

Job Interview Preparation

Here are some strategies for a successful job interview.

1. Presenting with Confidence

  • It is important to believe in yourself and that you can do the job successfully.

  • Feel your best by dressing appropriately for the interview.  When being confirmed for interview, it is acceptable to ask what the dress code is.

  • Turning up early for the interview is always a positive sign you are keen and motivated.

2. During the Interview

  • Pay attention to each question by listening carefully.

  • If you are unsure about the question, seek clarification or for it to be repeated.

  • Ensure you answer the question correctly. Try to provide a well thought out response.

    Do not offer a pre-prepared answer as it can indicate you have not listened properly.

  • Avoid any negative statements about your current or previous employers.

3. STAR Technique

  • You will usually be expected to answer interview questions, often referred to as behavioural questions using the STAR technique.

  • These generally start with “Tell me about a time” or “Describe a time when” and there are 4 parts to the answer to which the employer is seeking details:

    • Situation – Set the scene and provide the details of the situation

    • Task – Describe your responsibility or role in that situation

    • Action – Explain the specific actions you took to address the situation

    • Result – Describe the outcome you achieved through your actions

  • You can remember this using the acronym STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) and you should ensure that you cover all 4 of these areas when giving your response to a behavioural question.

  • Ensure you demonstrate how you used your skills to deal with the situation and what the outcome was as a result of your actions/behaviours.

  • Some sample behavioural questions include:

    • Tell me about the most significant contribution you made to your team.

    • Describe a time when you have had to deal with a difficult customer.

    • Give me an example of a time when you had to win someone over to your point of view.

    • Tell me about a time you had to complete an important task on time.

4. Focus on What You Can Do

  • Emphasise why you are the best candidate for the position and state these reasons at interview.

  • Mention any past successes and achievements.

  • Be prepared to discuss your strengths and how they relate to the role. 

  • Refer to examples from your prior work experience or life that reveal how you accomplish activities that challenge you, how you communicate with others, use equipment and so forth.

5. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

  • To become comfortable with the interview process, put yourself through a mock interview.

  • Practice with a trusted friend or family member.

  • During these rehearsals practice using the STAR method.

  • Also rehearse explaining how you will perform your job and, if applicable, what accommodations you would require.