Interview Workshop

Your ability to do well in interviews will improve with practice. However, many students avoid the practice and consequently practise using live interviews. The insights from practise can be insightful, but doing it on live interviews seems a waste of a potential job when there are better (free) options.

Interview workshops typically take one of two forms. A talk on interview skills, how to prepare and the pitfalls to avoid. Or face-to-face practice with people in industry who can give you constructive feedback on how you come across. Do both, getting the theory saves having to figure out basic skills using trial and error. Much of it is blindingly obvious once it is pointed out.

Interviews are used primarily to answer the question "can I put this person in my team?", they are assessing whether the team they have in mind will be better or worse off with you in it. Some companies, usually the name brand companies, do technical interviews, but usually so long as you come across as trainable they already have the expertise in house to make you a legendary coder or electronics tech.

This is not implying that technical skills are not important, they are. Technical skills are necessary, but they are also not sufficient for most workplaces.

You have industry people volunteering to provide these workshops for free. They are motivated by seeing good students every year, under-performing at interviews because they have not prepared or practised. You should look to attend several interview workshops while you are studying.

Vic Careers and Employment

Vic Careers workshops are held all year round and include a wide variety of topics related to helping you find employment.

They also offer drop-In times to check draft copies of CVs and Cover Letters, and to offer professional advice.

The bi-annual job fair for IT employers is organised by Career services and again the employers are specifically looking for students with your talents.

Summer of Tech

Summer of Tech runs events twice a week at Kelburn. Typically these are technical events, however they also do interview workshops in recognition of the fact this is the second way industry filters and recruits student applicants.

Summer of Tech is free to register, and they run free workshops from March onwards. Interview workshops and mock interviews.

Find out more at www.summeroftech.co.nz.

Engineering NZ

Engineering NZ runs a major Interview skills and CV event every year, staffed by people from industry who are there to give constructive advice on how you can improve your CV and interview skills. This event caters for all engineering disciplines and there is always very good representation from the engineering industry present.