Job interview tips
Have you ever gotten anxious going into a job interview?
Stepping into a job interview can be a bit daunting. You may really want the job and are worried you wont get it or you may be concerned you wont be able to answer a question – whatever your reason… is so many people have been in your exact same position!
It is wise to prepare yourself prior to a job interview, but how can you overcome your concerns? We have put together some job interview tips just for you!
HERE IS HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR CONCERNS
Job interview tips…
Research the company
Learn about the company you are applying for! This is to ensure your values align and your expectations of the role and company fits into your end goal. This also prepares you for the all so famous interview question “What do you know about us?”
Know why you want the job
This is really important, it is going to be super hard to sell yourself as a potential ‘Great employee’ if you don’t know why you want this job. ALSO – You likely wont be stuck thinking later on about the job and why you are in it.
Anticipate the interviewer’s concerns and reservations
If there is anything on your resume, cover later or you know will come up in the interview that may be a concern, prepare yourself! For example, your location or access to a vehicle.
Make your selling points clear
Think about your attributes, qualifications and experience…
What would make you good for this role and why is your experience going to benefit the company?
Line up your own questions for the interviewer
Remember, the job interview isn’t just for the interviewer… It is also for you, to help you understand if the position is right for you. Having questions helps with engagement and in most cases, impresses the interviewer.
Think positively and close on a positive note
Always think positive and try to end your interview on a positive note for example small talk about the weather or a current hot topic in Australia.
What to bring to a job interview tips
Bring a copy of your resume and cover letter
Some people might say this is old fashioned; however most interviewers will really appreciate it and see it as a good sign.
It’s important to take notes so you remember key factors and also if you need to clarify any questions later
Common interview Questions, we have all been asked before!
“Where do you see yourself in the next 5/10/20 years?”
“Are you more of an individual or a team member?”
“Tell me about a time you handled a difficult situation?”
“What’s your motivation?”
“What skills would you bring to this position that others won’t?”
“Why are you looking to move on from your last position?”
Prepare yourself for the generic questions! So many people go into a interview knowing these questions will be asked but don’t have the answer prepared – think of something that will be a different answer to most but make sure it is also something you believe in!
How to stand out
Prepare a self-introduction – You will surely be asked, why not have your response prepared!
Be yourself and be polite to everyone – I feel like this one is really important, you want to show people who they may be working with.
Ask a lot of questions – Stay engaged with the conversation and show you want to learn more about the job and company.
Have the skills – Show you either have them or can get there.
MIND BLOWING Job interview statistics that you probably didn’t know!
(Study released 2020):
A massive 76% of resume rejections are due to unprofessional email addresses!
That is crazy! How scary to know you could be rejected for a simple mistake or typo! Always make sure you have the correct email address and it is at the top of your resume!
43% of CVs are discarded for not being well-written
Your resume should be professional and to the point, a well-written resume has all your qualifications, experience and workplace qualities. Always remember to include a small description of yourself and your references. Another great thing to include is sporting achievements as it shows you can work as part of a team.
The average days for interview processes is about 21 to 27 days.
In some cases the interview process may be shorter then the average or longer; however generally speaking this is the average.
29% of job-seekers negotiate salary, 84% of people who negotiate salary secure higher pay. However, 47% of job-seekers are uncomfortable negotiating salary.
These statics are pretty interesting, according to these statistics I would say take the jump and try it if you feel like you should!
Job interview tips for the interviewer
Bring a copy of their resume
It is always a good idea to have a copy of the interviewee’s resume as you can referee to it when you need further clarification on something.
Introduce the company and your role in the company
To start off, introduce the company and what you do within the company. This is to help the interviewee understand a bit more about you.
Have a list of dot points you want to cover
Making a list is great! Particularly for candidates you have a lot of questions for after seeing there resume or cover letter, it helps you make sure you have covered everything.
Make some questions open ended
This creates some engagement and allows the interviewee to think on there feet to come up with a response. It’s good for a conversation starter.
Practice flexible listening
It is important to listen when your interviewee is speaking, just like any other conversation you would have in the workplace – let them talk and don’t interrupt them.
Interviewee’s appreciate the follow up, even if they where not successful in the position.
The basics on recruitment and onboarding
(Please note: There is a lot more detail involved in this unit, for further information you will need to enrol).
There are many different approaches and strategies a company may take as part of their recruitment and onboarding process. For clarification, recruitment happens before hiring and onboarding is the term used to describe the process of bringing a new staff member on board at a new place of work.
WHAT ARE THE 8 STAGES OF RECRUITMENT?
Identify the vacancy
A vacancy may become evident when someone leaves there job role, is moving into a new role or the business is growing or changing in a way that creates new job roles that now need to be implemented into the staffing strategy.
Carry out a job analysis
Identify the tasks that may be required for the role and the skills required for the position, you can identify if the vacancy needs to be filled or if the tasks and responsibilities can be shared between other staff members.
Create a job description and person specification
Once you have identified a new staff member is required, you can then start looking at creating the job description. Your document may contain things like duties, pay, hours and conditions of work. You will also need to specify what skills and qualifications are needed or expected to fill the role, some skills may be expected however some may be desirable.
Advertise the job
A job can be advertised either internally or externally, you may want someone within the company to fill the position or you may be looking for a fresh set of eyes!
Collect application forms and create a shortlist
Compare the candidates’ skills and qualities against those listed in the person specification. You may find there are some that don’t have the skills you where looking for exactly; however there resume/cv stands out due to other factors that interest you. Create a shortlist.
(Please note: To fully understand the interviewee process and how a interview should be conducted, we recommend enrolling).
Interviews can be held in person, via telephone or internet chat. Some companies may ask you complete a ‘test’ prior to the interview phase, this is generally to understand intelligence levels or medical and physical abilities for the job in question.
Review and follow up
Follow up with candidates references and get a second opinion. Review your applications and how you feel the job interviewees went, remember you aren’t just looking for someone who has the skills but also someone who will fit in with the team!
Inform the successful candidate and follow up with unsuccessful candidates
Lastly, let everyone know the result of their personal interviewee. For the successful candidate, advise them of the next phase.
WHAR ARE THE 5 STAGES OF ONBOARDING?
When a employee accepts the job offer.
The first day on the job is a critical first impression for the employee, make sure you are organised.
This is where employees learn general knowledge about the company, key policies, their job role and sometimes other peoples job roles within the company.
Employees learn how to do their job and may learn to understand others jobs, particularity people they may need to work with on a regular basis.
When employees are starting to make meaningful contributions.
Featured courses for recruitment (interviewer)
If you are looking for a job that involves recruitment and onboarding (as well as many other great tasks), check out our Certificate IV in Human Resource Management (BSB40420) this course is well suited for individuals looking to support employee and industrial relations in a wide range of different ways!
You will learn so many things in this course, like:
- Administering performance development processes
- Supporting employee and industrial relations
- Supporting the learning and development of teams and individuals
- Coordinating recruitment and onboarding
- Supporting human resource functions and processes
- Implementing and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
For further information on this course, get in touch with our Learning & Development Advisors at email@example.com
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Published by Kathryn