Interview Preparation

 An interview is an opportunity for you to create a positive impression and convince the interviewer of your suitability and potential for the role. It is important to remember that the interviewers are not trying to catch you out – they just want to learn more about you, your experience and your competencies so that they can make an informed decision. Some people enjoy being interviewed and consider themselves as a candidate who ‘interviews well’. However, most people will confess that the interview situation is not one they feel naturally comfortable with! Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make the experience seem less of an ordeal.

Preparation:

  • Review the eir role profile and be clear on the competencies being assessed

  • Consider and prepare examples from your experience that demonstrate the competency at the required level. 

  • Review all information available on the role that you are being interviewed for.

Communication:

  • Be clear and concise when you answer interview questions. 

  • Be sure to answer the questions that are asked. 

  • Be confident in your communication. 

  • If you don’t hear or understand the question, ask for it to be repeated.

Star Technique to answer questions:

  •  Situation or Task: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalised description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.

  •   Action: Describe the action YOU took, the suggestions YOU made, the obstacles YOU overcame. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.

  •  Result: What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Highlight the positive result that was achieved as a result of your actions.

Be confident in selling your strengths 

  •  Success at the interview is about having the confidence to sell yourself. 

  • Your product is the set of skills and competencies you have developed over the years through your work experience with eir and previous employers, and through other life experiences. 

  • The interview panel wants to hear about YOU and YOUR contribution – not your teams, your departments, or your managers!