Seed Training Group (STG) held an Interview and Internship Workshop on Tuesday 23rd of February with attendees also joining us in celebrating Australia Day by making new friends, enjoying delicious lamingtons and testing their Australian knowledge with a fun trivia quiz. Our Program and Placement Consultant, Pareena Naggea, kicked the night off by addressing the question:
Attendees voiced their concerns about the job market and the many challenges they face when applying for jobs. Some said they:
Our guest speaker was our Internship Coordinator, Ashleigh Kusters. Her expertise in training interns allowed our attendees to consider the many benefits that come with internship programs.
1. First Impressions count
We are told to have five senses, but the one that really counts in getting that interview is what your employer sees within the first 30 seconds he/she meets you.
Did you know that 70% of the impression we make is based on how we dress?
It’s important to take care of your image and dress in corporate attire. Also, remember:
2. Stand out from the crowd with a Unique Value Proposition
The employer is holding interviews to ultimately know whether you will add value to the company. That is why you must be prepared to present your Unique Value Proposition. Treating yourself as a product or service is a useful way to determine how you can stand above everybody else when applying for a job.
Ask yourself, what sets you apart? The answer to this question lies in the job description and making sure you’re skilled in the areas specified. If you can show your employee that you have the skills and abilities he/she needs, then you’re on your way to land that interview or even land the job!
3. Reach for the S.T.A.R.S when answering behavioural questions.
Employers want to know that you are prepared to handle any situation in the workplace.Whether it’ll be dealing with tricky clients or your resilience under pressure, it’s good to come into the interview ready with a few examples demonstrating how you dealt with certain scenarios. The best tool to help you remember is to use the S.T.A.R.S acronym (See left).
4. Employers have secret languages
“Tell me about yourself?” does not mean your employer wants to hear about your personal life. Instead, opt for a quick rundown of relevant academic and work experience. In asking you questions, the interviewer wants to assess your confidence and ability to answer a question under pressure. Because if you cannot verbally form a simple sentence, your employer may not deem you fit for the role that requires you to talk to his/her clients. A good trick is to put yourself in their shoes and ask “what would my employer want me to answer?” Even if you might not match every skill on the job description, you can play to your strengths and give other examples of how you could add value. Make sure that you think twice about the question before answering and prepare as much as you can in advance. It’s also important to be truthful about your abilities. If you get the job, there’s nothing worse than saying you know how to do something, only to have your employee see that you can’t manage the task. This will stain your reputation among your professional peers.
5. Get your foot in the door in an Internship Program
Ashleigh shared great advice about Internships and the many benefits they serve in getting you experience and Industry Placement. An interest and passion for Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, IT, Finance or Business Administration may lead you to the job of your dreams. STG has a variety of programs suited for anyone looking to gain practical, flexible, supportive and quality training by our skilled team. We welcome anyone who is a student, migrant, graduate, business owner or any professional looking to diversify their skill set. Click Here to find out more about our Internship Programs.
6. Australia is the best place to live
We love Australia!
The natural landscapes, wildlife, cultural diversity, food and coffee.
These things are all good things, but we believe it’s the people that make Australia great!
Before our session began, attendees were put into teams and completed a fun Australia Day quiz to be in the draw to Win a 1 Day Job Accelerate Program valued at $125.
Congratulations to our winners, Laura Castro and Thi Luong!