Whether you are an Australian resident, looking to move to Australia short-term or long term, or travel to the country on a working visa, you may be considering what you can do to maximize your chances of getting hired for your perfect job.
It is easy to see why Australia is a popular job destination for many people. Australia’s economy is extremely strong, meaning you will have the opportunity to earn a good income. There are also great job opportunities, low unemployment in Australia, and a great working environment with a good work-life balance.
Even if you don’t currently live in Australia, there are plenty of ways to find employment. One of the most popular ways for non-Australian citizens to find a job is by becoming a certified TEFL teacher. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) allows you to teach people of all ages who want to learn English. To work as a TEFL teacher, you must first complete a TEFL course. There are several different TEFL certificates in Australia that you can get to help you find a great teaching position.
No matter what job role you are applying for and whether you are being interviewed in person, over the phone, or on a video call, there are steps you can make to increase your chances of being hired.
Follow these six interview tips to help you get hired for anyone looking to work in Australia.
1. Be on time
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people are late for job interviews. Plan your route ahead of time and if you are using public transport, make sure you check the timetable carefully. It could also be beneficial to check whether the building the interview will take place in has security you need to get through, as you will need to allocate extra time for this.
If your interview is taking place over video chat, make sure you sign in ahead of time so that you are ready to start as soon as the interviewer comes online.
2. Create a strong first impression
It’s common knowledge that first impressions are lasting. Ensuring you make a great first impression at the start of your interview is essential. Express confidence, smile, make eye contact, and shake hands with the interviewers. Make sure you show a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and clear interest and knowledge of the position.
It is also important that you dress in line with the job position or the company’s typical dress code. Planning your interview style is a great way to create a good first impression and feel confident in yourself. You should also consider the Australian weather when planning your outfit.
If your first impression is not positive, this could seriously hinder your chances of being hired for the job.
3. Be prepared
Do your research ahead of time and make sure you are prepared. Ensure you have knowledge of the job position and the company and have practiced answering interview questions. Research the most common interview questions and look at sample answers to help you prepare. You can use sample answers as a basis for your own answers. Just make sure you include information relevant to you and the job role.
Being prepared will show the interviewers that you have the necessary skills and knowledge they are looking for and are passionate about the job role and the company.
4. Sell yourself
Don’t be afraid to sell yourself by highlighting your skills, experience, and accomplishments. You should also demonstrate your goals and ambition and what you think you can bring to the job role. The interviewers want to know why they should hire you over other applicants, and it is your responsibility to show them why.
However, it is important to make sure you are being honest while still selling yourself. Another way you can sell yourself is by showing you are confident. This is a great way of demonstrating your self-belief and your certainty that you will succeed in the role.
5. Listen to what the interviewers say and ask good questions
The interviewers will recognize when you aren’t properly listening to what they are saying and are instead preparing your next answer. Interviewers are likely to offer clues and hints regarding the types of answers they are looking for. You should also look for non-verbal clues, such as facial expressions, to indicate the interviewers’ perception of your answer. This can help you know when to add more information or when to change the direction of your answer.
It may also be recommended to take notes during the interview, especially if the interviewers offer information about the job role or company. This can show your sincerity and commitment to the job.
Asking good questions is another great way to show your active participation in the interview. It is a helpful way to follow up with any questions or concerns you may have and get any additional information you may need.
6. Follow up after the interview
Following up after the interview is a great way of reminding the interviewers that you are a strong candidate. It also demonstrates your interest in the position and commitment to the role. Even if you are not successful in the interview, following up means the company is more likely to provide you with feedback to help you be more successful in your next interview.
Australia is a beautiful country with excellent job opportunities. With an impressive national minimum wage of $19.84 and a great work-life balance, it is easy to see why the Australian job market is booming.
Whether you are an Australian looking for a new job or looking to move to Australia to work or travel,
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