There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than your first job interview. Even practising for job interviews with teachers, advisors, or your school can be anxiety-inducing. Here are a few tips on how to prepare so you can ace your next job interview.
6 steps to prepare for job interviews
As a student there are a few essential things to understand and get comfortable with to prepare yourself for job interviews:
- Plan your travel – Prior to your interview map out how long it will take to get to the workplace and how you will travel to make sure you’re punctual and on time. It’s important to know what time you need to leave to arrive before your interview time.
- Choose an appropriate outfit – what you wear communicates how you present yourself. Choose clean clothes that are suitable for the workplace you’re interviewing at. This depends on the workplace. You must dress accordingly if it’s a corporate office, a retail store, cafe, recreation centre or other workplaces. Dress to impress, and match your clothing choices to the workplace.
- Greet everyone with a smile – when you arrive at a worksite, often you will greet another team member, a receptionist or other employee before the person interviewing you (which is usually HR or a hiring manager). It’s important to make a good impression on everyone you interact with at the workplace. Often your interviewer will ask everyone you spoke to how you interacted with them. If you leave a bad impression, that can impact your chances!
- Practise responding to questions with enough detail – if you give short answers or don’t respond with enough detail, it’s hard for interviewers to understand how you might suit the role you’re interviewing for. A good practice is to work with someone to time how long your answers are. Short answers don’t give interviewers anything to go off.
- Practise maintaining strong eye contact – eye contact can be uncomfortable! But it’s a sign of confidence and conveys capability. It’s good to get comfortable maintaining strong eye contact in interviews.
- Practise your speech volume, pace and filler words – when we get nervous in job interviews, often we start to talk very fast, speak softly or use too many filler words like “umm”, “ahhh” and “like”. These can make you seem less competent to your interviewer. To prepare for job interviews it’s good to practise slowing down your responses, speaking at a reasonable volume and reducing filler words.
These are a few key skills and steps you should become more comfortable with to prepare for job interviews. The tricky part for many students is finding ways to practise these skills and get comfortable with the interview jitters. But a Brisbane-based startup called Work Window is here to change that with the world’s first Job Interview Simulator that enables you to practise all of these skills in Virtual Reality!
How to practise for Job Interviews with Virtual Reality
The Job Interview Simulator mimics a real-world job interview experience in virtual reality. This includes all the steps you would take on an interview day: getting dressed, entering the building, riding the nerve-wracking elevator up, greeting a receptionist, meeting HR and being interviewed.
The Job Interview Simulator application then provides automated feedback and assessment to help you improve your:
- Eye Contact
- Speech Volume
- Speech Pace
- Average Response Length
- Use of Filler Words
- Clothing Choice
Through the simulated experience and feedback, you can practise your interview process in a virtual world as many times as you need to feel more comfortable and confident.
Want to see how it looks? Check out this video of the Job Interview Simulator below:
How to access the Job Interview Simulator to practice with VR
Individual students or parents can requests their school and Careers Advisors/Careers teams to investigate the Job Interview Simulator for their careers education programs by sending them this link: https://www.workwindow.com.au/job-interview-simulator
The Job Interview Simulator is also available to individuals through the Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets. To find out more, contact the Work Window team at email@example.com
Our thanks to Cameron Martin, Founder of Work Window, for authoring this guest article.
Work Window also has a Virtual Reality Careers Exploration application where students can take a virtual interactive tour of a worksite to get a feel for a career within a few minutes of Virtual Reality, rather than a week of Work Experience. It’s used by over 40+ of Australia’s leading schools to help students explore and transition into the world of work.