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Job interview

Information about how to prepare for a job interview.


Before going to the job interview it is important to find out as much as possible about the organisation that is advertising. The job seeker should think about any questions that they would like to ask about the job. They should also think about the kinds of questions that may be asked at the interview and to plan how they may answer these.

For example, it may be important to know:

  • what kind of work that is needed
  • location—where will the person be required to work
  • when does the job start
  • what the expected normal hours of work will be
  • pay and conditions
  • what tools are need and who is expected to supply them
  • whether the job is full time, part time or causal
  • whether there is a probation period and if so, how long this period is
  • if the job is covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement.

Read the employment contract

If offered an employment contract at the job interview it is important to take it away and look at it carefully. Make a note of anything that is not clear. It might be worth getting legal advice about this before it is signed.

JobWatch or a union may be able to help (see below).

More information

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

This peak union body can put an employee in touch with their union.

See Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)(opens in a new window)


JobWatch is a specialist community legal centre that helps people with their employment law issues.

See JobWatch(opens in a new window)