Land that job with these tips

4 October 2016

So, you’ve applied online for your perfect job at Origin and you’ve been asked to come in for an interview. Congratulations! But you might be wondering what to do next.

Don’t panic, start preparing! Sure, interviews can be stressful, but with a little research, and by practicing stories and anecdotes to share, it’ll be easier to overcome the nerves.

Here are some ideas to help you prepare.

Know Origin

Before the interview, take some time to research our operations and business units. While you may not need to know detailed information, it’s good to understand how the role will contribute to the overall business.

Visit our website for information on projects, where we do business, our goals, and Our Approach. Staying up to date via our social media channels can also help, and is a great way to see how we communicate with our customers.  

Know the role

You should receive a detailed position description prior to the interview. Make sure you review it and understand the tasks that will be required of you. Prepare example situations where you’ve demonstrated that experience in previous roles.

More often than not, we will talk to you about how you deal with other people; whether it’s managing difficult stakeholders or your work with communities. Be prepared to answer questions on how you can benefit the team.

Arrive early

Being punctual is the first indication that you can manage your time well. Arriving before the interview means you’re not in a hurry and have a couple of minutes to clear your head. It also helps you to present a calm, clear voice.

Provide positive examples

Share examples in the interview and talk about positive ways you’ve made a difference in your last role. Provide specifics using the STAR technique: talk through the Situation, Task, Action, and Result. This all helps to provide us with a picture of how you can contribute to the team.

Remember that even a difficult situation you’ve experienced can demonstrate how you’ve overcome challenges and problems, and can be a good indicator of future behaviour.

Try not to feel rushed and always be honest. If you need time to think, just say so. If for some reason you can’t remember dates or names, it’s fine to tell your interviewer that you can provide further details later.

If you go off track when answering it is ok to stop, pause, reflect on another example and ask to use that one instead. Always better to correct yourself in the interview than walk away wishing you answered differently. 

Be prepared with questions to ask us, this is your opportunity to understand if the role is right for you as much as it is about us understanding if you are right for the role. 

Follow up

If you are interested in the role and think you’re a good fit for the organisation, then let us know! Don’t hesitate to send an email to the Group Resourcing contact who managed the interview, or directly to the manager who interviewed you. Any detail you may have forgotten in the interview can be included in the follow up email.

Finally, remember to take a deep breath and smile. If for whatever reason this role doesn’t work out to be the right one for you, it’s not the end of the world. Make sure you sign up for our job alerts, so you can be notified of other roles that might be perfect for you and ask to join our talent pool!