The job interview is your change to demonstrate your skills and experience to prospective employers. It helps them determine if you are a good match for the position.

Practise is essential to being well-prepared for your job interview.

Practise for your interview

A good idea is to practice interviewing with a close friend or family member. The link below has a list of helpful commonly asked interview questions which can help you prepare.  

Prepare yourself for Common Interview Questions

Listen and answer the questions

At the interview, make sure you listen to the specific question. Make sure your answers and specific examples are relevant to the role you are being interviewed for.

While it's important to not go into too much detail when answering the question, remember to describe your specific qualifications, training and other specialised experience.

Don't be afraid of sounding confident. Your interviewer needs to hear why you're the best person for the job.

The S.T.A.R. method offers a good way of structuring responses to interview questions.

The S.T.A.R. Method

The STAR model is one way of answering interview questions succinctly. For each question, think about the following to form an answer:

  • Situation—set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
  • Task—what was your role?
  • Actions—what did you do and how did you do it?
  • Results—what did you achieve? What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

Highlight your ADF service skills and avoid using ADF jargon.

Don't forget to describe skills you have gained that are relevant to the civilian workplace. Use the core skill identifier to help understand what these skills might be and how to communicate them to potential employers. 

Always make sure your examples are relevant to the job or interview questions.

Practice translating ADF language before the interview. Don't overuse acronyms.

More information

Job Jumpstart has great tips for job seekers. 

Seek provides tips to help you succeed in interviews.

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