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How to Ace an Interview

Preparing for the interview

  • First impressions count, so organise what you are going to wear in advance! Dress conservatively in neat professional attire (shirt/pants, shirt/skirt)
  • Collate all relevant documents you may need and have them ready in a presentable folder i.e. Qualifications, CV, Certificates, clinical practicum reports, academic transcripts
  • Prepare to arrive 15 – 20 minutes early. Plan ahead for parking and traffic dilemmas!

Tips for interviews

  • Allow plenty of time so that you arrive early to the interview – Don’t run late!
  • Switch off your mobile phone!
  • If you are unavoidably detained, be sure to phone the hospital to advise them when you will be arriving or to arrange another time.
  • Understand the dress requirements, i.e. neat professional attire (jeans, shorts, thongs, t-shirts etc are not suitable). If you are on clinical placement, changing out of uniform and in to suitable interview clothing demonstrates your commitment to professionalism.
  • You have 30 minutes to promote yourself – make sure you prepare well before the interview.
  • Be aware of your eye and body contact.
  • Use tone, clarity and articulation to speak clearly
  • Try not to rush! If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification and take your time thinking about the question before answering
  • Prepare some relevant questions. This is your opportunity to ask for details that you may not have been able to find in your research
  • Thank the interviewers for the opportunity to meet with them.