How to Do Well in Job Interviews

As part of our Inc.Line series, PPIA University of Melbourne hosted two career enrichment workshops to help our members develop the skills they need for their future career. After learning about how to refine your resume and LinkedIn profile with ACECIS, our second workshop was all about the next big step towards our career; job interviews. We are honoured to have representatives from Bank Mandiri all the way from Jakarta to help us put our best foot forward.

As the bank was established in 1998, our speakers have shared how Bank Mandiri has evolved throughout the years, and the transformations it has made that led them to be the largest bank in Indonesia in terms of assets, loans and deposits. They also gave us glimpses of the tasks and activities we can expect from working with them. Bank Mandiri offers an Officer Developer Program (ODP) for fresh graduates, which prepares them for leadership positions across many levels in Bank Mandiri.

By joining ODP, you will be trained by highly experienced bankers, professionals and leaders in various aspects of banking and leadership. You will also get to be coached by the bank’s top talent who will help you achieve your fullest potential and have a better understanding of your strengths. You will also have access to our top leaders and closely work with senior managers in projects that will develop your critical skills. To apply, head to this link and click on the ODP for Melbourne Campus Visit 2018!

Last but not least, the Executive of Bank Mandiri has provided us a handful of vital tips in order to do well in job interviews. Here are some of their tips:

1. Preparation
When it comes to job interviews, preparation is everything. Even though job interviews differ from companies to companies, coming to the interview with a mental list of your skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are critical for success in the job. Another crucial aspect to be prepare before every job interview is a thorough research on the company and the functional area that you are applying to. Having these knowledge prepares you to answer the interview questions and shows the employer that you take this opportunity seriously,

2. Self-presentation
Presenting yourself well to your employer is also very important. This is seen through all aspects from how you dress, communicate with respect to your punctuality and confidence. To dress well, it is important to choose your interview outfit accordingly to the type of company you are applying to. If you are applying to a big company such as Bank Mandiri, it would be best to wear formal attire. Communicating with respect involves not only how well you speak, but also how well you listen to the interviewer. Make sure to come at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your interview. Lastly, confidence is the key to job interviews. Being prepared will help you to be more confident. Besides, if you can get to the interview stage of your application process, that means you surely deserve to be there!

3. Explain with S.T.A.R. System
Boost the value of your answers in job interviews by using the STAR strategy. STAR, which stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result, is an effective job interview technique that provide concrete examples or proof that you possess the experience and skills for the job at hand. This strategy involves firstly describing the context wherein you find a challenge at work, what you were responsible for in that situation, which you then describe how you endeavoured to meet the challenge and then describe the outcomes or results. It is important to emphasize what you learned from the whole experience.

Remember these three tips when preparing for your job interview. Good luck!

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