Attending Job Interviews - University Students and Graduates


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Attending Job Interviews - University Students and Graduates

  1. 1. Attending Job Interviews – forUniversity Students andGraduates Presentation for Toowong Student Residence (Salvation Army ) - 2011 by Cheryl Mills from CAMILLS Consulting
  2. 2. PERSPECTIV E• Look at it from the employers perspective – what will they be looking for?• What will your referee be looking for?• Yes – you would like this job – however is it the end of the career road if you don’t get it?
  3. 3. If you were employing someone – listthree things you would look for in theinterview?
  4. 4. PREPARATION• understand the organisation, the role, current and future challenges• anticipate questions, other testing techniques and think of responses
  5. 5. PRESENTATION• prompt, appropriate dress, makeup, perfume (not too much), clean, polite, respectful, greet confidently, genuine, smile, no criticising past employers ………..
  6. 6. POTENTIAL QUESTIONS• your experience and skills, team skills, your understanding of the what the employer does, organisational abilities (time management), communication skills (oral and written), customer service, drive and motivation, technical capabilities, why do you want the job……..
  7. 7. • Why have you chosen to apply for this job?• Tell us about a time that you worked in a team that had a good result? What was special about this team? What contribution did you make to the team?
  8. 8. POSITIONING• 30 second sell at the end of the interview• manage your referee (make sure they have a copy of your CV to remind them of your achievements)
  9. 9. PERSISTANC E• follow-up if you don’t hear from the employer• seek feedback• if unsuccessful – keep up the connection
  10. 10. • Question 1: Qualifications and knowledge Why are you applying for the Graduate Trainee program in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade? What skills and attributes would you be able to contribute to DFAT’s goals and work? You should give examples based on your academic achievements, work experience and/or extracurricular activities.• Question 2: Written and oral communication skills Provide examples of where your written and oral communication and negotiation skills have been most effective in the workplace or elsewhere. What outcomes were achieved?• Question 3: Conceptual and analytical skills Describe a situation in which you have had to identify and analyse a problem or issue and then recommend a solution. How did you go about the task? What was the outcome? What constraints did you face in developing the solution?• Question 4: Effective working relations What makes you an effective team member? How do you respond to problems or conflict within a team? Give an example of how you have contributed to a team’s achievements.• Question 5: Flexibility, adaptability and initiative Give an example of where you have taken on an unfamiliar task or faced a challenge, whether in the workplace, your studies or extra-curricular activities. Describe how you prepared for and took on that task or challenge. What did you find most difficult about the experience?
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