The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has published an excellent booklet called Job Hunters’ Workbook, with practical tips and activities to get people back into employment. We have read through the document and highly recommend you get a copy. Printed booklets can be found in local libraries, but you can download a pdf here: https://www.careers.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Job-Hunters-Workbook-2020-interactive2.pdf. We have posted some content here as a sample.
The face-to-face interview
In the face-to-face interview, you’re being judged from the moment your potential employer lays eyes on you. When you introduce yourself to the interviewer/s:
- Make eye contact, smile and use your first and last name.
- Be aware of your body language – what you say must be mirrored by how you carry yourself. For example, if you say you’re open to new ideas but sit with your legs and arms firmly crossed, you aren’t going to be convincing.
How you dress is also really important – make sure what you’re wearing is appropriate for the job you’re applying for.
The video interview
The key thing to remember about the video interview is that any distractions are amplified and will work against you.
- Make sure you have the tech sorted – know what program to use and how to use it, have a strong internet connection and make sure your computer battery is charged or plugged in.
- Looks are important here too. The camera doesn’t like black, white or anything with a busy pattern, so avoid wearing these – navy blue is best.
- Choose a simple background – no mirrors or pictures – and remove all distractions from the room, including animals, children and flatmates!
The interview test
Some organisations require you to do timed tests, such as maths or writing tests.
- Find tests online to practise.
- Let the interviewer know in advance if you have a condition that makes timed tests difficult.
- Read instructions carefully. Plan what you’ll do in the time.
- Ask questions if you are not sure of anything.
- Review your work once you’ve finished.