Job interview tips

Phew! What a busy day I had yesterday! I am on a job hunt, and writing letters and sending resumes took up a lot of my time, in between finding jobs to apply for. Lucky for me, I am in Australia and there are plenty of jobs to go around, especially in the city I live in!

Job hunting can be a stressful process for some, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Preparation is the key, so I thought I’d talk about some of the things I do to help me during an interview:

  1. Research the company offering the position you are applying for! Know as much about them as you can – if your position is with a large organisation, you’re in luck because they very likely have a comprehensive website.
  2. After doing your research, think of some questions you can ask during your interview – interviewers are impressed if you ask well thought questions about their organisation or the job. Don’t ask about employee benefits!!! (You can do this after they have offered you the job).
  3. Think about STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result when answering questions. This where you talk about a situation relevant to the question. You tell them what your involvement was (Task), then you tell them what you actually did (Action) and then of course you tell them the outcome (Result).
  4. Smile and use regular eye contact. Don’t stare, and ensure your smile is genuine and relaxed, even if you feel like you’re dying inside!
  5. Know that whether you get this particular job or not, there are plenty out there and you will get the best one for you!

Now, I’d better take some of my own medicine! I have two meetings in the new year with recruitment consultants and I have officially applied for four jobs. I am extremely positive at least one of them will be "the one"!

Have a great day!

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