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Job interviews

By securing an interview you are one step closer to obtaining the job. But the hard work does not stop there, as there are a number of issues to consider ensuring you perform your best in a job interview.

Before you attend your job interview, preparation is critical. It is import you understand:

A guide to help you with your interview preparation (PDF* 180KB) is available.

Types of interviews

Understanding the type of interview you will be attending will help you with your interview preparation. The different types of interviews you may have to attend are:

  • Telephone interview - It is important to treat phone interviews as seriously as a face-to-face interview. Ensure you have all your documentation and notes ready in case you need to refer to them. 
  • One-on-one interview - This is the most common interview type, where a job application has a face-to-face meeting with the employer.
  • Panel interviews - Panel interviews are conducted by two to five people who hold various managerial positions in the organisation.
  • Group interviews - This style of interviewing involved being interviewed along with the other applicants.
  • Selection test - Testing exploring your attributes to assess how successful you may be in working for the organisation.
  • Hidden interviews - Conducted in informal situations, a hidden interview is when a potential job applicant speaks to an existing employee of the company. This means you must treat everyone at the organisation as your potential employer to avoid leaving a bad impression.

Further information

If you would like further information on job interviews or would like to practice your job interview skills please email the USQ Career Development team to make an appointment.

*This file is in Portable Document Format (PDF) which requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be obtained from Adobe. Users who are unable to access information in PDF should contact the Career Development to obtain this information in an alternative format.