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Purpose of interviews
Interviews are an opportunity for both you and the employer to evaluate each other- it's a two way process! Through an interview you can gain valuable information which may assist you in assessing the prospective job, employer or industry.
Preparing for the interview
Identify your transferable skills and abilities (eg. writing and organising information, managing events, leading a group, working as a team player)
Look at the selection criteria for the position or the job description. Make simpler headings under which you can provide examples of how your skills, abilities, qualities and experience match the employer's requirements.
Think about your past achievements: These could be problems you have overcome, critical incidents you have been involved in, issues you have resolved, or demands you have met. Consider your role in these achievements, the actions you took and the result of your involvement and what you have learnt from it. These can involve study, part-time work or extra-curricular activities.
Research the organisation
It might sound obvious, but make sure you know about the job you are applying for and about the organisation itself.
Keep up with current affairs, particularly local/global issues affecting the organisation. It is a good idea to listen to news programs or read good quality newspapers or relevant journals everyday in the lead up to your interview. This will impress the employer and demonstrate commitment to and interest in the organisation to which you are applying.
Practise for the interview with family or friends
It is important to verbalise the answers to questions, not just think about them, so your explanations will run smoothly.
At the interview