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The Application and Interview

Once you have found a job to apply for, you will need to work on your application and interview.

Now that you have found a job you want to apply for, you need to do some preparation for your application. This first step is to do some research about the company. You can then start applying for the job.

Do some research

Before applying for a position you need to understand what the company does and whether you want to work for them.

Check for an internet presence. Larger companies should have their own website, but smaller ones might rely on social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn.

If the company has a website go to the ‘about us’ page or look at links like ‘mission and values’.

Talk to family and friends to see if anyone has heard of the company, and check the comments left by users on Facebook.

You can find out if the company is a registered business by using ‘ABN Lookup’ on the Australian Business Register (ABR).

Apply for the job

When applying for jobs, it is very important to read the job description and application instructions. You should tailor your job application to fit the role you are applying for.

A big mistake that many people make is not addressing the criteria, or not including all the information and documents requested in the job advertisement. If you don't meet the basic criteria for the application, it is very unlikely you will get an interview.

One way to ensure you have everything covered is highlight all the key points, or create a checklist of what they are asking for.  Do you need a cover letter? A driver’s licence? Or a specific skill required for the job?

If you are unsure of what to include in the application, don't be afraid to call or email the contact person listed on the job advertisement to confirm the requirements.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Resumes and Cover Letters

Most jobs you apply for will require a resume and a cover letter. For tips and resources to help, take a look at the Resumes and Cover Letters page.

Resumes and Cover Letters

The Interview

Congratulations! You have made it to the interview stage! There are a number of steps you need to do to make sure you are totally prepared.

Getting to the interview:

  • Plan how you will be on time and allow for contingencies
  • Do a trial run to see how long it will take you to get there. Are you using public transport or are you driving? Is parking available? How far do you need to walk from a bus or train station?
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the interview time, so that you can compose yourself and take a deep breath
  • If for some reason you are running late - call the company and let them know!

What do I take?

  • Put together a portfolio with two copies of your resume, cover letter, qualifications and any licences that you may have. In other words anything that is relevant to the interview.

What do I wear?

  • You need to dress for the role you are applying for, be a little on the dull and boring side. First impressions count!
  • Rule of thumb is to be clean and tidy. Your clothes should be ironed and your shoes should be cleaned and not scuffed. You don’t need to spend a lot of money – pants, long sleeve shirt, simple skirt, is all you need
  • You will smell nice, personal hygiene is very important – use deodorant, have clean & brushed hair and don’t overdo the perfume or makeup

A Quick Guide for the Interview

Remember the following:

  1. Prepare and write down questions you want to ask the employer so they can be referred to during the interview
  2. Dress appropriately for the interview
  3. Get to the interview at least 10 minutes early
  4. Turn off all mobile phones
  5. Be confident and speak clearly
  6. Show keenness by listening and paying attention
  7. Ask specific questions
  8. Leave the interview on a positive note by thanking them for their time