Getting Recruited

Getting a Job – Being successful at interviews – for Employees

Confidence plays a large part in your interview success. If you walk into the room knowing that you can do the role and do it well this will come across in your interview. You might like to try looking yourself in the eye in the mirror before the interview and remind yourself that you are a great candidate and will bring a lot to the role and the organisation.

Keep these 3 things in mind during the interview:

  1. You are there for a reason

Employers generally receive a lot of applications for a role but they review these applications and only invite the people they feel will be the best fit in for an interview. You have been selected for an interview for a reason. Carry this confidence with you.

  1. Everyone is there to see you succeed

The interviewer/s is not there to catch you out or ask you questions you cannot answer. They have made the time to meet with you because they believe you could be great for the role.

  1. It is a two-way process

Of course you are there to impress the interviewer/s. But this is also your opportunity to better decide if this is the role and organisation for you. Make sure you ask questions and use the time to better inform your decision.


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You have done all of your preparation and know what you want to say in the interview. You probably know that up to 70% of all communication is non-verbal.

Be aware of the non-verbal. Your facial expressions, eye contact, posture and tone of voice all help the interviewer form an opinion. Something as simple as leaning back in your chair may be interpreted as you not be very excited about the role. Walk in with your head high confident in your ability to do the role. Remain alert and engaged throughout the interview

Shake hands firmly with the interviewer and make eye contact. Maintain good eye contact throughout the interview, a good trick if you are finding this difficult is to focus on just one of the interviewer’s eyes. Try this in your role-play or with a friend and you will see the other person can’t tell.

Listen carefully to what is being asked of you. If you don’t understand a question or would like a point clarified it fine to ask for this. Don’t be afraid to take some time after each question to think of your response. Refer to your notes if you think that will help but be sure to go back to maintaining good eye contact afterwards. Remember listening is more than waiting for your turn to talk, you will have the best chance of providing a great answer if you carefully listen to the question.

Be succinct in your responses. The interviewer can always ask you for more information but nerves are likely to make you talk more than you normally would. If you waffle you run the risk of losing the interviewers attention.

Be positive in talking about all of your past experiences. More often than not the interviewer will be someone you are going to be working with so they want to see you remain positive and professional in talking about past experiences. Complaining about other people or companies won’t make a great impression.

Be cool if you are thrown a killer question or one you didn’t prepare for. Even if you are freaking out on the inside keep your calm exterior because this will be your best chance to think of a great response. Panic won’t help you at all and might suggest you struggle under pressure

Be polite by thanking the interviewer for their time at the end. Make sure you follow up with the interviewer or recruiter as relevant. Regardless of the outcome remember that interviewing practice is really important in your job search and any feedback you are given is invaluable.


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The interview is as much about you making the right decision as it is about the interviewer choosing the right person for the role. Perhaps your best chance to decide if this is the role for you is to ask the right questions of the interviewer.

Aim to ask at least two questions to avoid appearing disinterested or less engaged than other candidates.

Prepare quite a few questions ahead of the interview just in case your preferred questions are answered during the interview. It’s important to pay attention during the interview to make sure you don’t ask a question that has already been answered. It may be that you want clarification of something discussed during the interview.

Here are 10 questions you can consider asking at the end of your interview.

  1. Who do you see as the ideal candidate for this role?
  2. How would success be measured in this role?
  3. How would you describe the culture of the team/organisation?
  4. Can you tell me more about the typical day of someone in this role?
  5. What do you enjoy about working for this company?
  6. What do you see as the next career step beyond this role?
  7. What are the most immediate projects/priorities that need to be addressed?
  8. What are the current goals of the company and how does this team support these goals?
  9. What are the next steps in the interview process?
  10. Can I answer any final questions for you?


These questions are just to give you an idea and get you thinking about what you might want to ask. Part of being yourself in the interview will be using your own words to ask about what most interests you. Just make sure you have a list of questions ready to go and make the best of your opportunity to get to better understand what the role will be like.


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