Top 5 interview makers and breakers

Getting yourself prepared for an interview can be a little daunting. We’ve got an expert team at Origin who work closely with candidates to make each step straight-forward and stress-free. 

We recently chatted with Maggie Partsi in our Talent Acquisition team about the do’s and don’ts when heading into an interview. Maggie Partsi is a Candidate Engagement & Sourcing Specialist at Origin Energy and co-founder of VibeDate. She loves building engaging relationships and talking all things UX, content, design and digital with candidates across Australia, helping them grow and develop their careers.


“Interviewing can be stressful, especially when you’re really interested in the role and not sure what your competition is like. It’s easy to compare yourself to others.  Has someone with 12 years’ experience applied for the same role as me?! How can I top that?

The important thing is to focus on your strengths and be prepared. Here are the top 5 things to think about.”

1.The handshake

This is usually the opener for an interview and does leave a lasting impression. Your hand shake tells me a lot about who you are and how you feel about yourself. A crushing handshake will leave a bad impression, so I suggest that a firm, confident handshake and eye contact are the way to go. 

2.The small talk

Most interviewers will usually make a bit of chit chat before getting down to business. So talk about your weekend, your hobbies, your pets…build a rapport but don’t overshare. Showing a genuine interest in your interviewer and their back story is a great way to understand more about the company and it’s people. 

3.Your experience

Provide examples of relevant experience and really let your passion shine through! Interviewers love to see great work, but even more so we love to see enthusiasm and energy. I also recommend that you have an online portfolio, and an up to date LinkedIn profile.  #goodenergy #weloveit

4.The F word – Folio

Make sure your examples are relevant and you can explain what your role in the output was. We all love a good story, so take this as an opportunity to think back to your greatest achievements and share your story. 

5. Leave a lasting impression

It’s a good idea to research the company ahead of your interview. Get onto their website, look at their social media accounts and check google news. A well researched candidate will ask lots of questions, because you’re geniunely interested in the role, how the team works and what the company stands for. 

Some other things to think about when prepping for an interview are;

  • Dressing for your day: Make sure your clothes are smart and comfortable. Depending on the company you may need to wear a suit, or more casual attire will do-the main thing is to feel confident and comfortable in the interview.
  • Punctuality: It’s always best to be early, and on the odd chance you are running late due to unforeseen circumstances make sure you call and let your interviewer know. 
  • Stress the details: Remember your interviewers name and the job title you are applying for. 

Above all, remember that while the interview process can be a little intimidating, we really just want to get to know you better. So bring your best whole self on the day!

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