Top tips to help you ace your next interview

    The job application process can be a long one requiring a lot of time and energy, so when you make it through to the interview stage, you want to be sure all of your hard work pays off.

    From personal presentation, to talking about past employers, we have put together the following list to help you at your next job interview.

    1. Know the exact place of the interview. Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early. Look up the address and estimate how long it will take you to get there. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. I was nearly late for my interview at Churches of Christ, as I got Brookfield Road, Kedron mixed up with Brookfield Road, Kenmore!
    2. Come prepared. A job interview is not the time to wing it. Spend time reviewing your resume and experience and its relevance to the position. Identify the specific examples in your background that are directly relevant to the position description and demonstrate your ability to do the job.
    3. Do some research on the company. Churches of Christ has a great website and Careers site with lots of information about who we are and what we offer.
    4. Dress conservatively. Pay attention to all aspects of your dress and grooming.
    5. Know who is interviewing you. Know the interviewer's full name and the correct pronunciation of their title.
    6. Maintain eye contact. Sit upright and always look alert and interested. Be a good listener as well as a good talker. Smile!
    7. Provide examples. Give specific examples of your work achievements and always talk about what you have been responsible for, not what others have done.
    8. Don’t waffle. Be mindful of over-answering or getting off track with your answers. Give one to two minute answers.
    9. Why this role? Be prepared to communicate why this role appeals to you, why you should be considered for this role and what sets you apart from other candidates.
    10. Remember that an interview is a two-way street. Prepare the questions you will ask during the interview.
    11. Don’t answer questions with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) method wherever possible. Share things about yourself relating to the position.
    12. Don’t lie. Always answer questions truthfully, frankly and as concisely as possible.Be respectful. Don’t ever make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers, colleagues or companies.

    If you would like to work at a place where it is not just a job, but your chance to do something meaningful, explore our current job opportunities.

    Posted July 4, 2017 in Blog