Interview Skills

Interview Skills

Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations (FSKOCM05)
  • Interact effectively with others at work (FSKOCM07)

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Interview Skills – Sydney Course

This Interview Skills course is a module in our series of short courses designed to assist job seekers or people planning a career change to navigate the complexities involved in this process.

This module will assist participants to understand how to prepare for a job interview in a manner that allows them to present themselves in the best manner at a job interview.

Students will learn about the most common structure and protocols of job interviews and how to avoid the common pitfalls. While not every potential scenario is possible to plan for we will help participants to be prepared for almost anything that could be thrown at them.

The course covers the most common types of questions and how to prepare and answer them. They will learn how to ascertain what the interviewer is likely to be looking for and what qualities to emphasise for each role.

Participants will learn how to make a great first impression and how to build rapport.

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.

Course Outline

In this Interview Skills course students will learn:

*How to work out what the interviewer really wants
*Ways to ensure that they present the skills they have in the best light
*How to explain issues from the past
*What questions are likely to be asked and the techniques to answer the various types of questions
*What to consider when getting ready for an interview
*How to ensure that the interviewer knows what you want them to know before you leave.

Course Outcome

At the completion of this Interview Skills course students will understand how a typical interview will play out and how to perform in that environment.
Participants will learn:

*To plan and prepare for each interview by knowing as much as possible about the position, the organisation the people and what they want.
*What will be asked, why it is being asked and how to structure the answer to the question.
*How to manage nerves and appear confident and relaxed
*How to dress, when to arrive and how to make a good first impression
*How to handle difficult questions
*What to ask the interviewer, and
*What to do following an interview

Upon successful completion of this course you will be eligible for a Statement of Attainment.

What to Bring

All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees.

Please bring:

  • notepad
  • pen

Prerequisite: Essential

Students will undertake an initial assessment of language, literacy and numeracy skills to ensure that this course is suitable for their ability levels.

Fees and Government Subsidy Opportunities

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • An entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III.
  • Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

If you’re a prospective student, please visit: where you will find everything you need to know about the Adult Community Education program before you enrol.

This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria. This criteria will determine your exact fee. Students who meet additional specified criteria, may be eligible for a concession fee or a fee exemption. In claiming the concession or exemption students will be required to supply the required evidence to support the claim in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.

Students who are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or credit transfer from previous study will have their fee adjusted to reflect this. The amended fee will be confirmed by Training Services NSW and will be reflected in the adjusted Student Fee Statement.

Payment Plans are available through Macquarie Community College for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications. 10% deposit OR $40 (whichever is greater) required upon enrolment followed by Interest-free payment plan. Payment methods: EFTPOS, Direct Deposit, Direct Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Study Load

This course will run over 15 hours with some additional self-paced activities.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is defined in the AQF as follows:

  • Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

This is underpinned by the AQF definition of credit as follows:

  • Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications.
  • Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

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If you would like to apply for RPL, please contact us for an RPL kit.

Career Opportunities

These skills do not lead to specific vocational outcomes but are designed to assist students with individual career goals.

Unit Components (2)

*FSKOCM05 – Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations
*FSKOCM07 – Interact effectively with others at work

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this Interview Skills course assessment will entail the following:

  • Assessment methods include written and oral tasks, practical tasks and observation by the assessor. You will be informed when assessments are to take place.

What Can I Study Next?

After completing this study, you can complete any other module in this course series.

Delivery Mode

We offer training in formats that suit you and your workplace in accordance with the training package.
This program is delivered face to face in a classroom where experienced and engaging trainers will take you through the course material in a fun and interactive manner.

Logistical Information

Macquarie Community College also operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more.
Other areas of delivery assessed on request.
Workplace based training delivered in your workplace.