• Tina Kuek

Preparing for a Job Interview

The interview is an opportunity to discuss how well your skills align with the needs of the company. It also allows you to obtain information to decide if the job is right for you.

On Saturday, 30 March 2019, Kazi Victoria held it’s monthly How To Get Hired workshop, which forms a series of training for any person of a migrant or refugee background to attend.

In March we focused on how to prepare for a job interview and brought three professionals with decades of experience in the human resource space to come and speak. Our speakers included Stephen Teleki, Sean Jameson and Sabrina Gentile.

Stephen has worked in recruitment for almost 30 years, including as an Account Director at Redwolf Rosch. In 2017 he started his consulting business which helps people, mainly internationals, with accessing the Australian job market through resume writing, cover letter and interview training.

Stephen provided an overview of the Australian job market, going all the way back to the 1851 Victorian Gold Rush which led to financial prosperity and helped build our economy. During this time Melbourne became known as Marvellous Melbourne because of the procurement of wealth and there was an influx of migrants who came looking for work.

Stephen also spoke generally about the job search and interview process, from researching the company, preparing for interview, the interview and what to do after you have finished an interview.

when preparing for an interview be familiar with your resume, cover letter and the job description

A few helpful tips from Stephen included turning off your phone during an interview, be confident that the research and preparation is sound, and don’t forget to give a firm handshake, a smile and positive body language as you speak. It’s important to sit up straight with both feet on the floor. This will help you to speak clearly and confidently.

at the end of the interview, ask what the next step will be

Sean and Sabrina both work for the Victorian Government. Sean is a Director of Human Resource, Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement. He has over 20 years of experience in human resources across private, public and the not-for-profit sectors. His professional practice is in developing long-term business partnerships with organisation leaders to understand and respond to workforce requirements, including best practice recruitment.

Sabrina is a human resource business partner and she has led the recruitment process at her department for the last three years, providing advice and guidance to managers and, as a regular interview panel member, ensuring fairness and transparency in the recruitment process.

There are various types of interviews and it would be useful to identify which to expect at your interview. These include behavioural interviews, situational interviews, unstructured interviews and panel interviews.

Sean and Sabrina presented on various aspects of behavioural interview preparation, including position descriptions (what to look for and focus on), what to expect at interview and how best to communicate skills and abilities using the STAR method.

The STAR method is a structured manner in responding to an interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of a problem. This method allows the interviewer to gather all the relevant information about a specific capability that the job requires.

when answering a question, make it easy for the interviewer to understand your key points

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion where participants asked questions related to the topic discussed or from their personal experiences. This session was very insightful and almost everyone in the room had a questions or comment for the panel members.

Kazi Victoria hosts these free workshops to assist people of a migrant and refugee background to access employment opportunities that are better aligned with their skills and qualifications.

If you would like to attend our next workshop, please email

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