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Ask the Experts: Interviewing Tips from a Hiring Manager

Attending your next interview will be a breeze, thanks to our friends at Rheinmetall Defence Australia!

Max Alcorn, Capability Manager, joins us to share his top advice on how to prepare for your next interview with inside tips on what people in his position are on the lookout for in potential new employees.

Keep reading to discover everything Max has to share, and get ready to make your next interview a complete success.

What Do Employers Look For at Interview?

When I interview you as a hiring manager, I’m trying to understand as much as possible about you to determine whether you’ll be a good fit for the team.

When teams are compatible, they are more likely to collaborate, share ideas openly and resolve conflict effectively, so making good hiring decisions is a very important part of my job.

Knowing your qualifications and work experience is only half the picture we’re trying to piece together during an interview.

The other half is understanding how you behave and interact with others in a broad range of circumstances, which is why many leaders ask behavioural questions.

What Are Behavioural Interview Questions?

Behavioural questions are important because they help us predict your future behaviour by looking at your past behaviour, so make sure you have some good examples up your sleeve before your interview.

Behavioural interview questions are the most common questions you’ll be asked. They are a specific style of questioning that aims to understand how your experience meets the core skills/competencies required for the job you have applied for.

These questions will usually begin with a framing, such as:

  • ‘Tell me about a time when you …’
  • ‘Describe a situation when you had to …’
  • ‘Can you give an example of how you have …’

When answering these questions, you can use examples from your experiences, including study, part-time work, volunteering or internships.

Make Sure You Highlight Your Skills

Another key tip to interviewing is to really understand your skills. It doesn’t matter if they are from sports, academia or professional situations; it’s about communicating what they are so you can apply them anywhere.

If you volunteer, play sports, participate in extra-curricular activities or have experience in other teams, they all help demonstrate responsibility and initiative and help me build the complete picture of you.

And One Final Tip!

Remember that interviews are a two-way decision-making process.

They are as much about us assessing you as they are about you assessing us, so above all, relax and be yourself!

Discover Rheinmetall Defence Australia

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has fantastic opportunities for all skill sets, trades, professions and people at all career stages.

Rheinmetall gives you various opportunities to gather wide-ranging experience in key markets. Discover the career opportunities that await you in their teams around the world.

Head to their dedicated Explore Careers employer profile to learn more.

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