Job Interview Hints and Tips
Job Interview Preparation Tips for Graduates and Mid Level Professionals
Become more confident in your next job interview, and prepare to highlight your most relevant skills, knowledge and personality traits!
Job search hints & tips :
Job interview checklist
What Recruitment Consultants want
Six Tips for Making a Good Impression
Bonus Tips on how to sound impressive when answering job interview questions
Your Questions to Ask the Interviewers
Top 5 job interview mistakes
After the Job Interview
Nervous? How to remain calm and confident!
Melbourne Resumes offers job interview tips through this website and job interview training through various locations around the Melbourne area, to provide you with job interview skills and techniques that will outshine all other candidates!
Job Interview Tips – Checklist
1. Arrive10-15 minutes early.
2. Greet the interviewer by name.
3. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake to display confidence.
4. Maintain eye contact throughout the interview and project an expression of interest and enthusiasm.
5. Research the company and understand the specifications about the job you are interviewing for. The main sources of information about an employer’s company are normally:
• The media
• Annual reports / company brochures
• Industry/ trade magazines or journals, such as Australia’s Top 500 companies
• The internet
• Industry directories
• Reports from current or ex-employees (use with discretion, ask us why!)
6. Be prepared to state why you might be good for the position. Indicate how your skills and experience fit well with the position requirements.
7. Think of specific examples from your past experience that demonstrate your skills.
8. Give natural, unrehearsed answers.
9. Dress professionally in business attire – appearing presentable makes a good first impression.
10. Prepare several pertinent questions to ask the interviewer.
11. Take your own (brief) notes during the interview (description of job, salary information, issues for questions later on).
12. Smile and be yourself.
13. Thank the interviewer for their time when the interview is completed.
Best Interview Tip: Check Your Mindset – Do You Really Believe in Yourself?
“Congratulations, we’d like to offer you the position!”
1. Prepare to Succeed in your job interview, we suggest you concentrate on promoting your top 3 most relevant skills and strengths. Prepare to tell the interviewer a story on how your key strengths and skills have added benefit to the companies and clients you have previously worked with.
2. Visualize yourself being offer the role before and during your interview. Before you go into the interview, visualise what the ideal candidate would say and do, and link that image to yourself. Visualise being relaxed in an interview and talking about the skills and knowledge you can offer a company.
3. Concentrate on getting the interviewer to firstly like you, and then concentrate on getting them believe that you are more than capable of doing the job you have applied for. Build rapport through using positive body language (such as smiling with your eyes), and really believe that this person that is interviewing you is really a nice person, who has your best interests at heart. They will offer you the job, if they believe you are the right person for it.
Six Tips for Making a Good Impression
1. Be professional and polite with everyone. When you arrive, state clearly who you are and who you are there to see. Be punctual and prepared.
2. Feel confident about yourself. Knowing that you look good and that you are well prepared will go a long way to boosting your confidence.
3. Smile – it will relax you and make others receptive to what you have to say.
4. Be positive and polite about any delays during the interview, and when answering questions.
5. A firm handshake is essential. Good posture and eye contact will make you appear confident and will help your interviewer to feel comfortable with you.
6. Avoid the temptation to be too informal. Even if your interviewer has a relaxed and friendly style, they are still trying to assess you as a potential employee and representative of their company.
Prepare to make a positive first impression!
What does your handshake say about you?
1. Find someone who has recruitment or HR experience and who knows what it takes to have a good handshake! (Someone who you respect and trust).
2. Ask them to do a ‘feedback activity’. Shake their hands and ask for their feedback on what your handshake says in terms of ‘body language’.
3. Some handshakes are too soft, some people don’t look the other person in the eye when they shake while other handshakes just give a negative first impression.
4. Practice until you have a firm and professional handshake, that you can do with a confident smile.
How many people will be interviewing you?
It is common in many organsiations to have 3 or more people interviewing you at once.
Panel Interviews are common in Australia, with these industries tending to use them more than one on one interview formats:
• Business / Executive / Management
• Call Centres
• Electrical Engineering
• Property Construction & Development
• Sales & Business Development
Students seeking entrance to University may also be asked to attend a Panel Interview, if their grades are not up to a high standard.
Top 7 Job Interview Mistakes
- Have poor interview preparation – A lack of thought about the position or research about the company.
- Bad Body Language – Poor posture and failure to maintain eye contact or scowling or fidgeting through nervousness.
- Rambling …..on and on when answering job interview questions, even worse when it’s in a boring monotone voice that sends interview panels to sleep and gets them frustrated due to time constraints.
- Acting like your in a casual conversation– Being over-friendly, saying “yeah” and “Nah”; inappropriate behaviour like chewing gum and talking too much about personal circumstances or using inappropriate language.
- Bad mouthing people – Being negative about present and former employers, the company, its staff or procedures.
- Arriving late or too early. Arriving flustered and untidy.
- Talking about salary, before the interviewer raises the topic.
Job Interview Tips for After the Interview
An interview or series of interviews will provide you with information and provoke impressions that will lead you to one of these conclusions:
- You and your qualifications match up with the position that’s open
- You and your qualifications do not match with the position that’s open
- You feel compatible with the organisation, but not in the position you’re interviewing for
- You do not feel compatible with the organisation or the people who work there
If you’re not sure how you feel about a job opportunity after the first interview, you need to continue the process and seek more information that will enable you to draw a solid conclusion.
Managing your career effectively requires you to make thoughtful, considered decisions about the work situations you choose to become involved in.
Don’t yield all the power to the people on the other side of the desk.
Interview situations are judgmental, but keep the judgements moving in both directions.
Did they impress YOU?
What are some of the things you want to see in your future employer?
Your answers may include:
- Friendly environment,
- Well presented staff,
- Professional looking offices,
- Some employees my own age,
- A mentor or role model for a boss,
- Close to home,
- Good pay,
- Normal hours (no weekends)