Preparing for interviews
Tip one: Do your research
- Get to know the organisation inside out including who they are, what do they do, what they value and what they’re excited about.
- Read the position description carefully. Questions are very likely to be based around the skills and requirements you find there.
- Find out as much as you can about the recruitment process.
- One on one interviews
- Panel interviews
- Group interviews
- Skype intervies
- Video pitches
- Phone screening
- Online psychometric testing
- Assessment centres/group exercises
Tip two: Prepare and practice
- Based on your research, try predicting the kinds of questions you might be asked and practice your answers.
- Make sure you prepare for ‘behavioural questions’ (the ones that begin “Tell us about a time when…”) by mastering the STAR technique.
- At the end of your interview you will probably be asked if you have any questions. Make sure you have at least one prepared, for instance:
- What is the company’s culture like?
- What is your idea of a great employee for your company?
- What kind of training and induction do you offer new employees?
- When might I expect to hear if I have been selected for the job?
- What are the team’s goals for the next 12 months?
- Take advantage of the extensive help RMIT offers with interview preparation. You can make an appointment with a Career Consultant to help you prepare one-on-one. You can also book a mock interview through CareerHub.
Tip three: Present your best self
- Dress to fit in with the culture of the organisation (but if in doubt, dress conservatively).
- Double check the date, time and address for the interview and be ten minutes early.
- Greet the interviewer with a smile and be energetic, positive and friendly.
Practice video interviewing
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By using Vieple, you’ll sit in front of your webcam and be given common behavioural questions that recruiters and employers ask applicants. Practice as many times as you need – interviews are unassessed so you’ll become prepared for your next job interview in no time!