​Before the Interview:


​1. Be prepared for the interview:

  • Research the company
  • Find out about the people who already work there – do a search on LinkedIn for example and read about the background of your interviewer/s
  • Ensure you are very familiar with your resume
  • Think about how you will answer questions about your previous experience (eg. “Give me an example of a time when you have ….”
  • Think about how you can represent how your skills as a mum can translate into the workplace and add value – eg. Time management skills; conflict resolution skills; project management skills)
  • Find out about the company dress code – plan your outfit accordingly. If it is a corporate environment, dress accordingly. You are better to be a little ‘over-dressed’ than ‘under-dressed’
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​2. Prepare any Questions you may have for the Interviewer/s:

  • Clarify reporting lines of the role
  • Understand the key priorities of the role for the coming 6-12 months
  • What key challenges does the Interviewer see in the role?


​3. Know Exactly:

  • Who you are meeting
  • What their position is in the organisation (including their relationship to the position you have applied for – eg. Direct Manager, Colleague?)
  • Where you need to go
  • If there is any parking available
  • Public transport options & times


​4. Timing:

  • Be sure to allow yourself enough time to drop your child/ren to school or their place of care for the duration of the interview …. Allow enough time to settle them in when you get there, so you’re not stressing if they suddenly get separation anxiety and don’t want you to leave!
  • Allow extra time at all points – something is bound to not go ‘according to plan’. Allow extra time for driving, in case of traffic. Allow extra time for public transport in case of delays. You are far better to arrive early and have a coffee so you can go into the interview feeling refreshed and therefore best able to represent yourself.


​Final 'preparation' tip:

Have a change of clothes with you if you must go straight to the interview after dropping off the child/ren – just in case said child happens to wipe their face/hands on you!


During the Interview:

  • First impressions count – be on time, well groomed, and be aware of body language
  • Be confident in your body language – make good eye contact, don’t fold your arms
  • Listen to the Interviewer/s questions carefully
  • Think through your response before answering
  • Be confident in your responses
  • Give examples of your experience relevant to the role
  • An interview is about assessing whether your skills and experiences are aligned to those required in the role, as well as to see whether you are a fit with the ‘culture’ of the organisation - there is no need to discuss your family circumstances
  • Remember that you need to find out as much as you can about the role – you need to make sure you leave the interview with a clear understanding of the role, and whether it is an organisation you can see yourself fitting into, whether the role is one that you see yourself being able to do and being happy in
  • Be sure not to over-share particularly personal information


Most importantly, try to be yourself, & try not to over-think anything. Focus on gaining an understanding of the role and giving the Interviewer/s a good understanding of who you are and what you are capable of delivering.


​After the Interview:

  • Follow up after the interview – eg. a short email thanking the interviewer/s for their time
  • If you don’t get the job, it can be helpful to ask for feedback to help you to understand why you were unsuccessful. You can often use this feedback to help you prepare for your next interview
  • Was there something that the interviewer was particularly impressed with, and anything that they would recommend that you focus on in terms of improving? Potentially the interviewer was very happy with your skills and experience, it was just that there was another candidate whose skills and experiences were more closely aligned with those required in the role. Which skills and experiences would have better positioned you?


Remember: stay positive, and thank the interviewer for their time & feedback. It’s important to finish on a positive note.


Whilst disappointing, and often frustrating, it's important to treat it as a learning experience - you​'re one step closer to your perfect job!

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