Applications and Interviews
The Careers Service has a range of workshops and resources available to help you with job applications and interviews.
Preparing Your Job Applications
To help you with your job applications, you should consider the following:
Resume (CV) and Cover Letter
Preparing a resume that accurately articulates your experience is the foundation of a good application. A cover letter highlights your main achievements, why you are right for the role and why you want to work for the company, and provides the employer with evidence of this.
Many applications in private and public sectors will require that you address selection criteria in a position description. Addressing selection criteria will require an additional document or online application process. We recommend you consider using the STAR Model to assist you to articulate your answers to selection criteria.
Online applications are more complex than just uploading a resume and cover letter via an online system. They are commonly used by large organisations for programs such as a structured graduate program or vacation program and require a similar level of detail and preparation as a selection criteria address.
Preparing for Interviews
Good interview technique is largely a matter of good preparation and follow-through before, during and after the interview. If you have a good resume, a comprehensive list of your skills, a repertoire of confident statements about yourself and have researched the company as well as the particular job, you are already well on the way to an effective interview and getting the job.
- The Careers Service runs regular workshops to assist you to prepare for interviews.
- We have an online interview tool that enables you to experience what a real video interview feels like (many companies with large structured recruitment processes have replaced a phone interview stage with an online video interview stage instead.
- We have further resources and guidance available upon request.
There are a number of ways you can access assistance with your resume, cover letter, online application, selection criteria and interviews from the Careers Service.
1. Access online resources on CareerHub, available 24/7.
2. Attend a face to face workshop with the Careers Service.
3. Access online courses on CareerHub.
The Careers Service is a free service available to all current students and recent graduates (for up to one year after completion).
If you are not a registered student at the University of Adelaide, please visit this enquiry site or speak to the Ask Adelaide team on 08 8313 5208.