Interviews. They’re daunting business. Why? Because often you’re not sure what you can expect. Last night, Nigel Crawley once again took over people’s screens to break down job interviews and how to prepare for them in last night’s GradLink webinar.
As a university student you have most definitely given presentations in class, and though there are times that you have decided to ‘wing it’, everyone knows it is the presentations that you have properly prepared for that you deliver the best performance. Job interviews are the same! If there is one thing that that will set your mind and some of those butterflies in your stomach at ease, it’s preparation.
So, how to prepare?
Well actually your interview preparation should start long before you even know you have an interview. It might seem trivial, but it’s important that you don’t have a fancy ringing tone or a silly phone message because your next call could be from a potential employer. If they don’t like what they hear, your application may find itself on the ‘no’ pile.
Know where you’re going and what time you need to be there. It sounds so obvious and yet some people get it so wrong. If the location is new to you, plan your journey well in advance and give yourself extra time to get there – especially if you’re driving through peak traffic or catching public transport. Allow for a small amount of “oh I’m lost” time.
Research research research – you need to know what the role you have applied for entails, about the company and information on the industry it is in. Why? Because they will inevitably ask you questions that you will need to relate to this information. The more intelligence and insight you can bring to your interview the better. It also shows how much you care about the role.
Finally, be prepared to answer these 5 key questions:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want the job?
- What do you want to work with us?
- What is your USP (Unique Selling Point)?
The GradLink 2015 Webinar series has been created to help university graduates make that leap from being a student to starting their career. The next webinar, on 7pm (AEST) on 2nd September, will run through how to prepare for the workforce and what to expect as a graduate in a new organisation. Read about it and sign up here >> https://www.gradlinkprogram.com.au/webinars/