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Interview Boss

Welcome to Interview Boss hosted by sisters Emma and Sarah Smith. This podcast is all about providing advice, inspiration and support for job seekers. Whether you're between jobs, or looking for your dream promotion, we're here to give you the tips, tricks and behind the scenes knowledge you need to be the boss of your career. We'll dive deep in to all things resume, cover letter, job application, job search strategy, interviews and offer negotiations. We're going to bring you a mix of advice shows, interviews with influential hiring managers, as well as job seeker stories all to help you...

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Recent Episodes of Interview Boss


How to GRACIOUSLY turn down a job offer WITHOUT burning the bridge!

How to GRACIOUSLY turn down a job offer WITHOUT burning the bridge!

One minute you're in the job seeking trenches, PRAYING you'll receive ANY offer and before you know it, you've been offered multiple opportunities all at once, and have to decide which to decline.

Sound familiar? It's a conundrum we see ALL the time!

In this week's episode, Sarah and Emma discuss how to gracefully turn down an offer or role.

We discuss what this should look like, depending on what stage of the recruitment process you're in. Because pulling out of the race before you've even sat your interview is very different to...

Episode 24 10 July 2024 25m and 54s


Help! Should I accept a short-term contract?

Help! Should I accept a short-term contract?

Join us as we unpack short-term contracts! In this week's episode Sarah and Emma discuss how they differ from permanent roles and the different types of short-term contracts from agency placements, to fixed-term gigs.

We share some pro's and con's, like diverse experiences and maybe a higher paycheck, against cons like job insecurity and a lack of benefits.

We also share our advice on what to keep in mind if you do take on a short-term contract, to ensure you're able to reap the rewards!

🏀 Shoot Your Shot - Shoutout to Xuanmad who bou...

Episode 23 3 July 2024 30m and 12s


What kind of manager are you / do you like working for?

What kind of manager are you / do you like working for?

If you're a manager who conducts interviews, there's a fair chance you might be asked about your leadership style. In this week's episode, Sarah and Emma unpack the different management styles to help you identify and explain what kind of manager you are.

This episode is also for those who have left a role due to not seeing eye-to-eye with a manager. Reflecting about what kind of boss you like to work under will help you avoid ending up in a similar situation! If you know what management style you thrive under, it's a great idea to...

Episode 22 26 June 2024 30m and 7s


Scam Alert! Do not get tricked by a job scam

Scam Alert! Do not get tricked by a job scam

Employment and recruitment scams were one of the top 10 scam categories in 2023 (according to the ACCC) which means people like you are being taken advantage of when they are looking for a new job.

I know what you're thinking - you're way too savvy to fall for a scam...

THINK AGAIN! These scammers are clever and they know how to take advantage of your emotions.

In this week's episode Sarah and Emma talk about the different kinds of job scams out there, and how you can keep yourself safe. We even give you...

Episode 21 19 June 2024 31m and 27s


Interview prep and time management: what to prioritise!

Interview prep and time management: what to prioritise!

Interview preparation can be so overwhelming, particularly if you're in a time crunch!

That's why we want to make sure you're spending the right amount of time on each step of the process. Because it's easy to accidently fall down a rabbit hole researching your interviewer, only to realise hours have passed and you haven't even got anything of substance to talk about in the interview yet!

In this week's episode, Sarah and Emma discuss what parts of preparation require hours of your time, and what can be done in minutes, if necessary, in a...

Episode 20 12 June 2024 22m and 58s


How have you championed diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace?

How have you championed diversity, equity & inclusion in the workplace?

Many companies prioritise diversity within their workplaces and therefore are keen bring the conversation into the interview process. BUT it can be really tricky to come up with your own examples, even if you're the most inclusive person in the world!

In this week's episode, Sarah and Emma explain what employers are looking for when they ask this question and brainstorm a range of out-of-the-box ideas that you might not have considered!

Hint: You don't have to have created groundbreaking diversity polices in order to answer this question - your examples can be small but...

Episode 19 5 June 2024 23m and 20s


Am I being automatically rejected for not meeting the exact screening questions?

Am I being automatically rejected for not meeting the exact screening questions?

Am I being automatically rejected from a job for not meeting the exact screening questions?

That is the question we answered in this week's episode, after Elizabeth, who has 3 years' experience and was applying for a role asking for 4, sent us her conundrum!

The short answer? It's very unlikely - so keep shooting your shot!

Screening questions are used to save recruiters time, and, in most cases, a recruiter is still looking at your application. The questions have just made it easier for them to filter through the candidates.

Give this...

Episode 18 29 May 2024 18m and 48s


The company has HORRIBLE reviews - how do I ask about them?

The company has HORRIBLE reviews - how do I ask about them?

We’re tackling a listener's question about how to handle bad company reviews when you have an interview lined up. We get it - even if you’re desperate for a job, you don’t want to end up somewhere toxic. But don't worry, we've got you covered.

In this week’s episode, Sarah and Emma talk about what really makes those reviews a red flag and how to tell if they're something you should be concerned about. We're also here to give you the confidence to bring up these reviews during your interview. Yes, you can totally...

Episode 17 15 May 2024 23m and 47s


Why rage applying for new jobs might be a good idea!

Why rage applying for new jobs might be a good idea!

Have you ever had bad day at work and retaliated by going home and firing off multiple applications to new jobs in a fit of rage? You're not alone!

A recent study by recruitment specialists Robert Walters found 65% of surveyed Australian professionals admitted to taking part in the trend, with toxic workplace culture, poor work life balance and an unmanageable workload to blame! In the U.S, 67% of professionals admitted to having been a rage applier in the past 6 months.

In this week's episode, Sarah and Emma discuss the pro's and con's of rage applying...

Episode 16 8 May 2024 22m and 24s


Yes, you can and should prep small talk for your interviews!

Yes, you can and should prep small talk for your interviews!

Here at Interview Boss, we believe preparation goes a long way in helping to combat nerves - and yes, you can even prep your small talk!

We can almost guarantee you'll need to engage in some surface level conversation before your interview, whether it's when you're being walked through the building to the meeting room or while you're waiting for someone else to join a zoom call. It might sound lame, but knowing what you're going to say ahead of time, can free up your mental load. Plus, interviews can already feel awkward enough without having to...

Episode 15 1 May 2024 17m and 5s

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