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Attending an interview

You will be advised of the date, time and location of your interview when you are contacted by the Human Resources representative. You will also be advised who will be on the Selection Panel for the position. Interviews normally run for between 30 minutes to an hour.

During the interview

A structured interview allows the selection panel to rate candidates in a consistent, standardised manner. During the interview, the selection panel will ask you questions relating to the requirements of the position. You will be invited to provide examples of like roles or similar situations from your own experience, how you approached them, what you did and what outcomes were achieved, as well as any lessons learned. You may also be asked questions relating to your motivation for the position and alignment with USQ's core values.


  • Be punctual
  • Ask that questions be rephrased or explained if you do not understand them.
  • Take your time and remember that silence is acceptable if you cannot answer a question straight away.
  • Be aware of your body language and smile and try to relax


  • Try not to answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no" answer. Expand your answers, telling those things about yourself that relate to the position
  • Cross arms, legs or fidget
  • Slouch, look/turn away from the speaker
  • Close your eyes

You do not need to bring anything particular to the interview unless the panel has requested it.

Types of questions

Behavioural Questions

  • "Tell me about a time when you had to rely on a team to get things done"; or
  • "Can you give me an example of a time when you had to make a decision on your own, without consulting your supervisor?"

Behavioural questions are used as the most accurate way to predict how a person will respond in the future by learning how they responded to the same circumstances in the past. The key to answering behavioural questions is to have thoroughly prepared before the interview. Think about the job description of the position you are interviewing for and the skills and traits required to do that job well. Think about situations you have been in that demonstrate those skills or attitudes.

If you are not able to answer a question with a positive experience, you may comment on a negative experience however make sure you emphasise to the selection panel what you have learnt from the experience and what you would do in the future.

You can use a PAR formula to demonstrate your ability to analyse situations and problem solve: Problem-Action-Results

"Why you?" questions

    • What would you bring to this organisation if you got the job?

    These types of questions ask you to prove your value and distinguish yourself from other candidates. You can use the following strategy to answer this question in three parts

    • How you see the job
    • What the job needs
    • Why this is you

    A more traditional way of approaching this question is to identify the most important job requirements and state why you qualify. This is most effective if you can provide brief, clear examples that illustrate your attributes.

    After the interview

    If you have travelled from outside the region to attend the interview you may be entitled to be refunded for any travel expenses you have incurred.