Interviews

Congratulations! You have reached the next stage in the selection process – the interview.

This means the employer has judged that on paper you meet their criteria in terms of qualifications, skills and knowledge. Now it is time to prepare for the next stage.

Many employers use a range of selection tools to help them identify the best candidates for their position. They may use:

  • Application form(s), written applications
  • Telephone or face-to-face interviews
  • Psychometric testing
  • Assessment centres, and
  • Final interview

Approach your interview positively. This is your chance to show employers what you can bring to their organisation. It is also the chance to find out more about the role and the organisation to help you determine if it is right for you.

Resources

The interview process

The Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Questions helps you prepare for the key questions you often face in interviews. The guide is developed by Pamela Skillings, from the online training site ‘Big Interview’. Pamela has been named ‘a guru in the world of job interviews’ by The Wall Street Journal.

The online interview training site Big Interview combines training and practice to help improve your interview techniques and build your confidence. It is available free for JCU students, staff and alumni.

NOTE: To access additional Big Interview resources for free it is important, when registering, to use your JCU email address.

Interviews Information Sheet (PDF, 52 KB)

Psychometric testing and assessment centres

In addition to interviews, employers may use a range of testing methods for further insight into an applicant’s personality, motivations and abilities.  The following resources will help you to prepare:

Telephone interviews

Organisations often use telephone interviews to accommodate distance problems and minimise costs. Download our Phone Interviews Information Sheet (PDF, 42 KB) to help you prepare.

JCU Career Development Program – Graduate Careers Stream

The Graduate Careers Stream of the JCU Career Development Program has a module on Interviews.