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Getting an interview is great news when you’re looking for a job. With preparation and a positive attitude, you can do well. Here are some interview tips and tricks to help you win that job!

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Before the interview

Good preparation builds confidence. Here's a few things to do before the interview:

Research and learn about the organisation

Prepare copies of your resume and certificates

Give some thought to the questions they may ask

Plan what you’ll wear and be sure to dress to impress

Practice some interview questions with a friend

Be on time – plan your transport ahead of time

What questions might they ask?

It helps to practice and prepare what you want to say.

Here’s some common interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself?

  • Why do you want to work for us?

  • What makes you the best person for the job?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • Have you worked in a team before? Give some examples.

  • How do you manage your time?

  • What are your goals for the future?

  • What skills do you have that would make you good at this job?

At the interview

Here are a few things to consider at the interview.

Be aware of your body language – walk tall, shake hands, make good eye contact, sit up straight and listen attentively
Take some time to put your thoughts together before answering the questions – if water is available, take a sip in between questions
Sell your achievements! Talk about some of the things you’re proud of – helping a new worker, finishing a job on time, playing in a sporting team
Show you’re interested by asking some questions about the role - what might you be doing? Is there on-the-job training?

After the Interview

Be sure to follow up after the interview.

If you’ve been successful - congratulations!

Make sure you say thank you and get all the information you need to start your new position – start date and time, location, what to wear and who to report to on day one.


If you’ve been unsuccessful, don’t give up!

Ask for feedback from the interview and use this to improve for the next one. Constructive feedback can be a great help in improving your chances next time.


"You may not always get the job at your first interview, and that's ok! Use the experience to do better next time!"

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This content was last reviewed 15/02/2018

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