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Preparing for your interview

First impressions last, so be prepared, alert and stay focused from the minute you walk in. Remember there will be other candidates being considered for the available roles so in order to give yourself the best chance of success remember to:

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early

  • Be well presented (smart business attire)

  • Research the company (via the internet, job advertisement, position description.)

  • Think about the challenges, motivations, dislikes and highlights of your career to date

  • Have a good understanding of the role and how the role fits with your ambitions / career goals.


The interview will be a ‘Behavioural Event’ interview in which you will be asked to draw on past work related experiences. The best way to answer behavioural based interview questions is by using the ‘STAR’ methodology, providing a specific example for each situation.

  • Situation: Describe a situation you were involved in. Ideally difficult issues that resulted in a positive outcome.

  • Task: Describe the tasks involved.

  • Action: Talk about the various actions you took to resolve the issue.

  • Results: What results directly followed because of your actions.


In some instances you may be called back for second or even third interviews. These interviews are usually to meet other members of the organisation. This is a good opportunity to gain a stronger feel for the team culture and find out more about the role and organisation from another person’s perspective.