Pre and Post Interview Tips

Before your Interview or Trial:

  • Think about the role and the company – what do you think they will want to find out about you, your background and experience?
  • Think about each of your previous roles and the behaviours you’ve demonstrated – think about specific examples of when you’ve used your communication skills, worked well in a team, used your time management skills, used your problem solving skills or provided excellent customer service.
  • Practice saying answers to common interview questions out loud, record yourself, video yourself and make notes on what you think works and what you need to improve.
  • Prepare questions to ask at the end that will help you get to know what you really want to know e.g. Can you describe my key tasks? How many shifts can you offer me each week?

Remember, think about the worst thing that could happen – you get nervous and can’t speak or, you can’t understand a question or, you just don’t get the job. Each interview you go to is getting you a step closer to your new job, try to prepare well and do your best. Learn from each experience!

On Interview Day – Before your Interview

  • Arrive at least 5 mins before the time of your interview.
  • Get some fresh air – sit outside or go for a quick walk to clear your head.
  • Speak using a strong and confident voice. Smile!
  • If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable in your interview, you don’t like the way you’re being spoken to or, you don’t want the job, make sure to say, “Thank you for your time, I don’t think this job will work for me.”

On Interview Day – After your Interview

Take a few minutes to think about:

  • What went well?
  • What questions did I find tricky?
  • How did I feel?
  • How can I prepare better for my next interview?