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How to interview and get the job!

How to Interview and get the job!How to interview and get the job!

Knowing how to interview and get the job can be a very stressful experience.  Many people list interviewing for a job among their top 5 fears! Here are a few key steps from the team at New Start Careers to help you on your way to success.


  • Research the company
    –      Find out as much as you can about the company; its history, culture, market size, products, competitors
  • Know the job
    –      Understand the position and what is required to be successful in the position
  • Consider potential questions you may be asked;
  • Refine your answers to best highlight your experience and suitability
  • Role play with family and friends
    –      Be challenged
  • Know your resume!
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask
  • Ensure they are relevant and will add value OR allow you to introduce skills and attributes
  • Be careful not to ask questions that are answered in the job advertisement or on the company website.


  • Plan how you will get to the interview
  • Have a contingency plan
  • Aim to arrive at the venue between 15 – 30 minutes early
  • Present to reception 10 minutes early and be prepared to wait patiently.
  • Bring copies of your resume

Personal Presentation

  • Look, act and dress professionally
  • First impressions count and last
  • Clean shoes
  • Clean finger nails
  • Clean well groomed hair
  • Control body odour
  • Do not over use deodorant or perfumes

Managing Stress

  • Identify what stresses you
  • Develop strategies to overcome/minimise stress
  • It’s ok to be nervous
  • It’s ok to admit you are nervous


  • Firm handshake
  • Clear speech and communication
  • Follow the lead of the interviewer
  • Pay close attention to questions
  • Ensure you answer the question
  • Keep answers between 1 – 2 minutes long
  • Be enthusiastic/keen
  • Be friendly and polite SMILE
  • Make sure you don’t rush your answers, many people speed up their speech when nervous
  • Be confident, not arrogant
  • Try to establish two way conversation rather than straight Q & A

Posture and body language

  • Sit upright
  • Do not cross arms
  • Keep eye contact with who is talking to you
  • Provide visual responses to show you are attentive (nod head etc, smile)
  • Do not fidget, rock, continually shuffle in your seat.

Tell me about yourself…

  • It’s ok to reveal personal information
    –      I enjoy rock climbing, spending time with family
    –      Try and think of something unique they can remember about you. (skydiving?)
  • Do not over-share
    –      My partner and I had an argument this morning
    –      An activity that may embarrass the interviewer


Use the S.T.A.R. model to answer questions comprehensively.

Situation – Task – Action – Result”

  • Situation – Describe a situation you were in eg. A colleague was struggling with performance.
  • Task – Tell them what you decided to do eg. I sat down with my colleague to discuss how I could help.
  • Action – Describe what you actually did eg. I gave my colleague examples of how I improved my own performance.
  • Result – Tell them what happened as a result of your actions eg. His/her performance improved dramatically.


  • Ask prepared questions that haven’t been answered during the interview.
  • Seek clarification of timeframes
  • Confirm your interest/desire to obtain the vacancy
  • Tack on an additional reason why you are suited in your closing statement (1 – 2 mins)
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity




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