At aspire, we understand that an interview with a potential employer is your chance to "make it or break it" no matter how good you look on paper, the selection interview will have a dramatic impact on your chances of success.

Therefore, it is absolutely vital that you perform at your best if you want to fulfill your career aspirations.

This section of the site, presents information which is very important knowledge for applicants as well as potential candidates

Background Information
  The interview follows a basic set of "preparation" stages.
Section 1 - The purpose of an interview
  • Although the answer may seem obvious, In essence, an interview is an opportunity for an employer to probe into your career - to find answers to the following critical criteria:
  • Can you do the job? (Your skills and abilities, experience and qualifications.)
  • Will you do the job ? (Your motivation, attitude and ambition.)
  • Will you be a team match? (Your fit in the company structure and culture.)
  • All the questions asked in the interview are generally seeking to answer these three questions in some way or another, so you need to think carefully about your motivations for each one.
Section 2 - Interview Preparation

A little bit of research goes a long way. Find out a bit about the organisation you're contemplating joining - how big it is, how many locations it has, what its products or services are, what its growth has been, what's been said in the news about it recently.

Be informed.  


  • Be absolutely certain of the time, date and location of your interview, and of the name, title and responsibilities of the person interviewing you. Don't be late, but if your transport lets you down, contact the company immediately.
  • Arrive early - not half an hour, but about five to ten minutes will do. This will give you time to catch your breath, become familiar with your surroundings and calm your nerves. 
  • Review your own resume - it may seem obvious, but always read over your resume before interviews - it's easy to forget what's on it if you haven't read it beforehand.
  • Re-read the job description - you will need to show that your skills and experience can do something for the company, so you should be thinking of them in the context of what the employer is looking for.
Section 3 - At the interview

  • What should you take with you?
    Even though the interviewer should already have one, always take a copy of your resume, and copies of your qualifications - you may be asked for them.
  • What kind of questions should you ask?
    Prepare a few of your own questions which will show that you've been giving some serious thought to the job - questions such as:
    • Where do you (the employer) see this position progressing to?
    • What career development opportunities do you envisage? 
    • How will this position contribute to ..... (whatever the projects are that the employer is involved in).
    • What are the company plans for the future?
Above all, don't put too much emphasis (at least at the first interview) on what you will be paid - this will only make you seem greedy and won't endear you to anyone. A good employer will be prepared to reward you with an appropriate salary that will make you a satisfied employee.

  • Is "mufty" OK?
    For your interview - unfortunately not!
    Regardless of how other people in the office are dressed, you should always be well presented in corporate attire, as 'first impressions are lasting impressions'.
Once you have the job, you can adjust your presentation according to the dress code of the office.
Section 4 - Things to look out for

  • What 'traps' should you look out for?
    An interviewer isn't "out to get you", but they'll probably throw in a few curly questions to see how you react. They may ask you questions such as:
    • Tell me what a (eg Business Analyst) does? (May seem a silly question, but often asking someone what they actually do can 'throw' them.)
    • What do you like about your current job? (The interviewer is trying to identify the things in the job on offer that you really don't like doing.)
    • Tell me about a difficult situation and how you handled it? (Be careful - don't spend the next ten minutes talking about your greatest disaster - focus on a difficult situation which wasn't necessarily caused by you, but in which you had a positive impact. Keep it short and sweet!) 
    • What can give you the "edge" over other candidates?

Enthusiasm. Not loads of gushy, happy-chappy insincere stuff - just genuine interest, good eye contact and a confident manner will do wonders for the impression you create.

The first five minutes are crucial when meeting a potential employer, so make sure you greet them enthusiastically. Give a firm (but not bone-crushing!) handshake, be polite and remember to listen as well as talk! Also, remember to smile and be friendly without being too familiar - it'll break the ice!

  • What should you do next?
    Always contact your aspire consultant after the interview to give them your feedback. They like to hear about the questions you were asked, your responses and your "gut feel" as to how you think you've done. This will help them to progress things along and address any specific concerns that the employer may have.

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Information about your Super

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