Deakin career information interviewing guidelines

What is a career information interview?

This is where a current Deakin student or staff member will interview you either in person, or over the telephone about your career path and current employment in order to give them an insight into potential career paths they may eventually follow or to help them with career transition and progression.

What are the requirements to be an interviewee?

To be an interviewee, you must be an Alumni member, with at least three year's experience in your career field or area of expertise and be willing to volunteer your time to be interviewed by a current student or staff member.

How do I register to become a career information interviewee?

Complete and submit the career information interviewing registration form via the Alumni website

What happens after I register to become a career interviewee?

Once you register to be a career interviewee, your details will be retained on Deakin's career information interview database and be available to prospective student and staff interviewers to search (excluding your name and contact details) and apply online to you for an interview.

Once a potential student or staff interviewer applies for you to interview, you will then receive an email that will include the details of that current student or staff member for your consideration and acceptance or rejection. This acceptance or rejection must be given by you online within 14 days.

Upon accepting a career information interview application our system will then release to the student or staff interviewer your preferred contact details and the student or staff member is then expected to contact you to arrange a suitable time for an interview.

Can I receive payment for an interview?

No - the program is strictly not-for-payment.

How long should an interview last?

As a rough guide an interview is a one off occasion and should take no more than 30 minutes.

What sort of questions will I be asked?

Questions will mostly relate to gaining an insight into your career area and/or type of job you undertake. Some typical questions from students and staff could include:

  • What has been your career path into your current role?
  • Describe your current role
  • What does a typical day look like?
  • What do you like/dislike about your job?
  • Where do you want to go next with your career?
  • What advice would you give someone wanting to gain their first job in your profession?
  • What is the best way to approach a mid-career change or transition?
  • What is the best way to transition your career into retirement or semi-retirement?

How many interviews can I give?

As many as you like!

How do I take myself off the career information interview database?

To cease being considered to be a career information interviewee you can deregister via the Alumni edit contact details website or alternatively contact the Deakin Central Alumni Office via email or PH +61 3 5227 1019.

You can rejoin the career information interview database at a later date and at any time.

Where can I get more information?

Contact the Deakin Central Alumni Office via email or PH +61 3 5227 1019.

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12th December 2012