Ensure you come to the interview prepared. It’s to your advantage to carefully research nbn, the job and the business unit.
Before your interview think about what your personal skills and attributes are that would be well suited to the role you’re being interviewed for. Read over the position description and align your examples, attributes and capabilities to the requirements of the role. This will help you to articulate your suitability for the role in a concise and confident way.
An interview is not only about nbn finding out more about you, but also an opportunity for you to find out more about the role and what it’s like to work at nbn. Asking informed questions gives you good information to make your decision, as well as demonstrating your interest in the role and showing off your research.
One of the biggest first impressions you can make is arriving on time. Ensure you have all the necessary details of your interview and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. It’s better to get there a bit early and take the pressure off which comes from running late.
Try to steer clear of dwelling on past negative experiences at work. Instead, if you’ve faced challenges in the past, focus on the lessons learnt from your experiences and how that will help you in the future.
An interview is not about memorising information and going in with a rehearsed speech. However practising your answers will make sure that you don’t forget any highlights when the time comes and will help to settle the nerves.
Behavioural interviewing is based on the premise that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. In a behavioural interview, the interviewer will ask you for specific examples or situations where you’ve demonstrated a particular competency in the past.
For example, let’s say problem solving is a competency required for the role. The interviewer may ask something like:
“Tell me about a time where you’ve solved a complex business problem?”
The best way to answer is to describe a specific situation that demonstrates your competence in that area using the ‘STAR’ technique to structure your response:
This example clearly demonstrates how the candidate has previously solved a complex business problem. The answer is also very succinct ensuring the interviewer stays engaged in the discussion. If the interviewer would like to know something that wasn’t covered in the response, they may ask a follow up question to obtain more detail around the “how” and “why” of the example.
During the interview process, if you have any doubts or questions at any time, don’t hesitate to contact your recruitment contact at nbn.