Preparing for job interviews
Research the organisation
Employers expect you to be able to say why you want to work for their organisation and to know something about them. So, before you attend the interview, ensure that you are familiar with the employer’s:
- history, mission, values and leadership team
- products, services and clients
- the industry and industry competitors.
You can find out about an organisation by:
- looking at their website, LinkedIn page, annual reports and other promotional material
- reading industry journals, the Australian Financial Review, and business sections of newspapers
- talking to contacts who work in the industry, people in similar organisations or members of relevant professional associations.
Research the job
Make sure you read the job advertisement or position description carefully so that you understand the main selection criteria and the responsibilities of the position.
Evaluate your suitability
You need to be able to speak with confidence in the interview. Spend time thinking about the experiences, skills and qualifications that you would like to highlight to show your suitability for the role:
- What strengths, skills and qualities will you bring to the role?
- What have you learned in your degree that might be relevant to this role?
- What have you learned from work or extra-curricular experiences that may help in this role?
- Why are you the right person for the job?
- Why is the role, and working in the industry, important to you?
Think about the questions you’ll be asked
Using the selection criteria and position description, think about questions you might be asked. You’ll need to demonstrate examples of your employability skills, and sample interview questions can help you do this.
To help prepare for interview questions, you can also:
- attend a How to interview well workshop
- once you complete a workshop, request feedback on your interview skills
- review our interview skills resources and complete the quiz.
Practise your responses
Choose a few of the key questions you expect to be asked and try answering them aloud, as if you were in an interview. You may find this hard at first, but gradually the right words and examples will come. The more familiar you are with the process, the more comfortable you are likely to be in the interview.
You could practise:
- by using the Interview Stream tool
- by recording yourself
- with a friend or family member asking the questions
- in front of a mirror.