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You've finally finished your TAFE NSW qualification and now you've
got the knowledge, the industry experience and the drive to take your
first steps towards your dream career.
Your foot in the door and all you need to do now is put your best
foot forward and nail your interview! Before you head in, don't forget
these top-12 tips to improve your chances of scoring that position.
They might be hard to master but will prove invaluable throughout your career.
Make sure that before you cross that threshold, you've put yourself
in a terrific mindset. You're excited to be here, you're confident
about what you can bring to the company and you're ready to sell your
Remember to remain cool and confident; your potential employer has
brought you in and they're hoping for you to ‘wow' them. You already
look appealing on paper, now just take a few deep breathes and seal
Before heading into the interview, do some research on the company,
its accomplishments, competitors and even the team you may be working
with. This is going to put you in a terrific position to ask informed
questions throughout. Employers relish when potential employees
demonstrate knowledge, express a genuine interest in the role and show
an understanding of the company culture.
Interviews can be an intimidating process at first, and getting the
ball rolling can be a daunting task. A good icebreaker can set the
scene for a much more relaxed and enjoyable discussion. Consider
asking about your interviewers weekend, or comment on a company
project or social media post you might have appreciated.
At all costs, avoid the clichés like "I work too hard". It
might have been a great response once upon a time, but it isn't as
well received today. An appreciation of instances where you've fallen
short in of the mark before shows you've critically identified areas
in need of improvement and you've taken the steps to correct them.
Verbal communication is half the challenge in a successful interview.
Projecting positive body language is crucial in selling yourself.
Things like slouching, fidgeting and avoiding eye contact can all
make you appear awkward, or worse, deceptive. These can be difficult
habits to reign in, but if you know you're prone to any of them it
would be wise to try and make a conscious effort to avoid them.
A rushed interview is a wasted interview. Don't be afraid to pause
and articulate a response to an employer's question, or to wait
through a silence without saying the first word. Rushing can make you
seem panicked and incoherent, biding your time shows control and confidence.
By all means, discuss your achievements and what you can bring to an
organisation, but employers appreciate when candidates show they are
excited about learning from the company's dynamics and culture. This
is especially important if you're applying for a junior or entry-level role.
Employers want to fill positions with people that want *the*
position, not just *a* position. Before you go in for your interview,
honestly ponder what's motivating you to apply for this particular
role and this company. This way, you can avoid coming across as corny
A great way to really drive the interview home is to act as if you've
already got the job. Exhibiting a willingness to start immediately
shows a sense of drive, enthusiasm and reliability.
The last thing you want to do is walk out of an interview with
anything left unsaid, or with any doubts in the employer's mind about
bringing you on board ASAP. Asking if the employer has any further
questions or if there are any concerns, you can cover off is an
extremely positive way to finish an interview.
One fantastic way to give yourself a real advantage over your
competitors is to complete a short course at TAFE NSW – there's over
150 to choose from. There's no better way to quickly skill up and
polish the resume! Find out what's available here