Candidates:

Follow These Tips to Help Secure Your Next Role

Interview Preparation – Recommended

Now that you have been shortlisted we encourage you to prepare for the possibility of an interview. Something to keep in mind is the importance of first impressions; job offers often go to candidates who sell themselves best, intimidate least and listen most. We recommend that you follow this process to ensure optimum interviewing results.

1Preparing for Interviews
Review the Recruitment WebpageRead the Recruitment Webpage so you know which role you are being interviewed for and understand what the company is looking for. To find the Recruitment Webpage, visit www.recruitshop.com.au/ and search for the job title.
Consider your ExperienceConsider your past experiences and how they apply to the role. Having examples of how you handled similar situations, even in different settings, is not only a powerful tool but often asked of you.
Understand your StrengthsUnderstand how your strengths best suit the vacancy. What will you bring to the position, team and company? Know how your strengths specifically address the duties and desired attributes of the role.
What do you want?Even if you’re not sure what your ideal role is or where exactly you want to be in 5 years time, having an answer prepared for these types of questions reflects ambition and long-term planning.
Question the InterviewerQuestions are a great way of showing you have considered the role and are interested in pursuing it further. Be sure to have a few questions regarding the role. But remember, this is also your opportunity to learn about the company and how it fits you and your needs!
2Things to Consider
Voicemail messageBe sure to have a work-appropriate message in your voicemail, in case you miss a phone call from a potential employer.
Keep your profiles privateSetting your public profiles (Facebook, MySpace, etc) to “Private” can avoid any hiring managers from making judgments, before you even have a chance to meet!
Eliminate distractionsRemember to minimize all potential distractions (for you and the interviewer) with simple steps such as turning off your mobile and music.
3During the Interview
SmileEven for a phone interview! Being positive will help relax you and the interviewer, and goes a long way to presenting the best you have to offer.
Just answer the questionWhen answering a question, stay on track with your response rather than going off on tangents or bringing up irrelevant stories.
Keep negatives to yourselfEven if you have had the worst boss in the past, avoid discussing strong negative opinions regarding previous workplaces during your interview.
Be well presentedFor a face-to-face interview, your appearance matters: aim for clean and tidy clothes that are appropriate for the workplace.
After the interview

Be sure to send a “Thank you” email restating your interest in the role and ask a question to keep the communication lines open between you and your potential employer.

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