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Insider Tips On Acing Interviews

Sometimes the most daunting part of job seeking is the interview process. But it doesn’t have to be. At Curtis Partnership we’ve asked hundreds of candidates about what they find most stressful about the process and they have undividedly told us that it’s that they “don’t know what to expect”. It’s fair to say that every company is different and therefore every interview will be different but that doesn’t particularly mean you can’t anticipate what an interview will be like.

First let’s think about why we go to interviews. They aren’t a frivolous part of a recruitment process, they’re a great indicator of how an employee might fit in a company. So any clever employer will direct an interview in a way that allows them to answer one fundamental question “Is this person right for our company?”.

While every employer has a different idea about what makes someone ‘right’ for a company, some things apply across the board. For example, you need to know the company you’ve applied for and you need to know it well. Learn its history, its mission and especially its working culture. Familiarise yourself with the type of people the company employs in terms of their skills and values. This can generally be found in the “Careers” section of a webpage.

Next, do some research on the company’s recent achievements and recent projects. This can be found in the “News” section of the webpage. Doing your research helps you learn about what the company does and from this, you can tailor your answers in a way that resonates with the interviewer. This impresses employers and shows them you’re interested in working with them. The last thing you want to do is give the impression that you’re not interested in working at the company you’ve applied for.

 Now that you’ve studied the company it’s time to think about what the interviewer knows about you. This means familiarising yourself with your CV. Become familiar with the chronology of your CV and be comfortable expanding on the points you’ve listed. Be prepared to discuss your hobbies, work and extra-curricular achievement, your strengths and also your weaknesses. It is important to talk about your weaknesses in a way that disguises them as strengths. For instance, you might say that you're too critical on yourself or that you're always trying to please everyone. While these are prima facie weaknesses, they also demonstrate a positive quality about yourself.

In summary; in an interview, the interviewer is trying to answer one fundamental question ‘Is this person right for the job?’. Help them answer it in the affirmative by showing them you’ve researched their company, that you fit into their culture because you share similar values and resonate with their mission. Demonstrate that you are intelligent and capable by knowing your CV inside-out including being able to elaborate on points. Finally, turn your weaknesses into strengths.

Now it’s time to like our Facebook page and ace your interview. Good luck!!

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Chris Koikas is a Talent Manager at Curtis Partnership. He is the first point of contact between you and Curtis Partnership. Touch base with Chris today for a confidential conversation about the vast number of job opportunities we have on offer.

Phone Chris on (02) 8399 4968 or email him at



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