Interviews

Be careful what interview questions you ask – you may think you are simply being friendly but then find you’ve breached anti-discrimination or EEO legislation. Any interview questions that will reveal the applicant’s marital status, age, religion, gender, race or sexual orientation are illegal. Here are some suggestions as to questions not to ask, but check your local statutory authority to be sure you are within the legal guidelines. 1. How old are you? That’s an obvious one, but what about anything else that dates them i.e. when did you graduate, how old are your children, what year did you finish school etc. – best to stay away from all dated related questions.

To get to the interview stage, they already believe you could do the job! The interview is your opportunity to sell yourself and your skills. Employers decide on an appropriate employee on a range of areas. These areas include: Skills, knowledge and abilities; Personality and whether you will “fit” into the team and with the culture of the organisation; Presentation; Attitude; Availability; References You need to sell the whole package rather than just having the skills to do the job.

Pre-Interview Checklist

  • Research the company
  • Research the job
  • Plan your transport
  • Have the exact address
  • Practice your answers
  • Plan what you are going to wear (2 days before)
  • Prepare an interview folder
  • Have a mock interview