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5 Interview Situations You May Not Have Considered

Posted: 20/06/2012 5:00:00 AM by AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Career-resources


You’ve heard the statistics, right? The Australian resources industry needs 90,000 new employees in the next 3-5 years. No matter how you slice it, hiring managers are going to be under pressure in many ways to manage that volume. While it’s super important for you to be prepared for an interview, you might find yourself in a position you didn’t expect. Here are some tips on how to handle it if that happens to you.

An article in Forbes magazine reported common myths about the job interview. It’s well worth preparing for these situations and devise a plan on how to deal with it if it happens to you.
  1. The interviewer hasn’t reviewed your resume. Don’t assume they’ve seen your resume or, if they have, they’ve had a chance to review it. Bring a hardcopy with you to the interview.
  2. The interviewer hasn’t prepared questions to ask you. If you feel like the interviewer isn’t sure what to ask you that might be the case. It’s important not to go into long ramblings about your work history. Instead, ask the interviewer if there’s a specific area of your resume you could speak about. In other words, help them out!
  3. The interviewer asks questions impossible to answer. Sometimes interviewers intentionally ask questions they know you can’t answer. These questions are designed to see how you react under pressure. It’s okay to say you don’t know. If pressed for an answer, know the interviewer is interested not in the right answer but how you go about solving a problem.
  4. The interviewer asks for your five year plan. No hiring manager wants to hear from a person who sounds like they won’t be around for the long-term. Even if you have no intention of staying in the role, make sure your answer shows a commitment to the job for which you’re interviewing. This is especially true if you’re going for an entry-level job like hospitality. The last thing you want to do is insult the company who is giving you a chance to break in.
  5. You don’t like the interviewer. If you don’t like the interviewer, chances are they won’t like you either. If this happens, your chances of getting a job are greatly reduced. Employers don’t hire people they don’t like no matter how qualified so you’d better put on your best game face.

Visit our Careers and Industry Guide for more advice about the job interview.

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