Make sure you are aware of the selection criteria that are being used for selecting applicants. Re-read the questions you were required to answer in the application.
Select examples of previous experiences and activities (for example, university projects and previous work samples) that will demonstrate your level of competence and support your claims against each selection criterion.
You can draw these examples from all aspects of life, work, university or community involvement. Make notes and bring them with you to jog your memory in the time allocated for pre-interview preparation.
Do some basic reconnaissance, familiarise yourself with the interview location and such things as parking, public transport and security requirements. Ensure you have the right interview time and plan on getting there early.
Practice. Engage in mock interviews with friends, colleagues, career advisers or anyone else who is prepared to help. Get them to ask questions related to the selection criteria.
Relax – the interview is not a test.
If you are unsure if you have answered the question, check with the panel. Ask if they would like more detail or another example.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the end of the interview. This can be another opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm, suitability and interest in the position and organisation.