Interview techniques

What makes a job interview successful?

Having the opportunity to present to a selection panel allows you to back up your résumé by displaying the qualities that make you ideal for the position for which you are applying. If you're new or out of practice at interviewing, or just new to the disability, community and aged care sector, use these tips:

Be punctual – double check the time and date of the interview, make sure you know the exact location, and arrive in ample time

Be prepared – know the name of your primary contact and understand the operations of the organisation you are interviewing for.

Be ready to outline your strengths and weaknesses - you might need to explain your strengths and weaknesses in your interview so you can show why you are the right person for the role

Take extra copies of your résumé

Be ready for scenario-based questions - these are designed to ascertain how well you cope under pressure, how good a problem solver you are, and how well you relate to peers and colleagues

Ask insightful questions – whilst it’s their chance to find more out about you, it’s also your chance to ensure they are right for you

Listen carefully to questions and take time to give a considered answer

Showcase experiences which have given you the ability to problem solve, think laterally, resolve conflict, embrace change, and balance multiple competing demands – all qualities which are valued highly in this sector.

Even if you have been out of the workforce for some time or are changing your career, you can draw confidence from your skills and life experience to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

Finally, after the interview, be sure to seek feedback from the interviewers. The more you learn, the more confident you will become in interviews.