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One of the key elements of preparing for an internship in Australia is taking part in an interview with your future Host Organisation. As most of our candidates are overseas, video interviews are a great way to connect with a potential host. However, such interviews are full of potential pitfalls. So, before you participate in a video interview, make sure you’re ready - the stakes are high – if you’re successful, you will be coming to Australia on the next flight (almost)!

Here are seven things you must do to prepare for a video interview:
 

1. Research the company

Just like before any other interview, in order to be well prepared you need to research the company. It is the best way to learn about what the company does and what they look for in a candidate. You’ll also be better prepared to answer questions and position yourself as the best candidate for the internship position that they have available.

 

2. Ensure you have a sensible Skype ID

Even if that means setting up a second Skype account just for interviews. You don’t want to be poorly judged before the interview even starts because your username is inappropriate.

 

3. Check your tech

Make sure that you set up everything you need well before the interview is scheduled to start. This includes turning your computer on at least ten minutes beforehand, and checking your webcam and audio. Also, check your battery and internet connection, and make sure that you’ve got any notes or documents you might like to refer to (such as your CV) close to hand. It is also important to remember that the camera should be at eye-level so that you are looking directly into the camera.
 

4. Prep your surroundings

You may think the only thing the people on the other end of a video interview can see is your face, but they will see some of your surroundings too. The room that you are in should look neat and professional - be aware of what your background says about your candidacy. Please also try to avoid any other distractions such as a barking dog or a crying child at the background or other people in the room.
 

5. Dress to impress

Choose your clothes carefully. Dress just as professionally as you would for a face-to-face interview. Try to avoid busy prints, as they often don’t come across well on video. While only your top half is likely to be visible to the interviewer, it is not a great idea to wear something inappropriate on your lower half. Dressing appropriately will help you get in the right mindset for the interview. Of course, make sure your hair looks neat too.
 

6. Be aware of your body language

Ensure you make lots of eye contact with the interviewer, as this can help build rapport. Try to relax and smile, even if you feel uncomfortable.

Speak clearly and concisely, and remember there may be a slight delay (due to internet connection) between you and the interviewer. Make sure that you are giving them time to speak and not interrupting them.

Don’t try and do anything else while you’re being interviewed (such as googling to find the answer to a question, for example). The interviewer will almost certainly notice and it may ruin your chances of success.
 

7. Practice makes perfect

It's always a good idea to practice your interview technique - and one of the real advantages of video interviews is that you can record yourself, watch it back and improve next time. Asking someone else to interview you via video can be even more useful, as you can get their feedback too.

Another helpful exercise you might wish to consider is to practice interviewing someone else over video, as you get to see what it looks like from the other side of the table. This can be a useful way to see what works and what doesn't.


We hope you find the above useful.

Good luck with your interview and please remember that our helpful team is always here to assist and support you!

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1 March 1901

The Australian army and navy are formed.

3 March 1837

The city of Melbourne, Australia, is named.

5 March 1803

Australia's first newspaper is printed.

11 March 1871

The springs after which Alice Springs, central Australia, was named are discovered.

12 March 1913

Canberra is named the capital city of Australia, before it is even built.

18 March 1922

The first section of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is officially opened.

19 March 1932

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is officially opened, amidst unexpected controversy.

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TOMOYA NAGATANI

          

Field: Business Administration

City: Brisbane

Nationality: Japan

 

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
I believe there are lots of reasons to take an Internship. But if you ask me one thing, I would say the reason why I decided to experience an Internship is to have the precious opportunity to learn new things and understand a new role and tasks a lot better than before.


What have you learned the most during your internship?
I have learned how important communication is in the business world. When I came to the office in my first week, I noticed people talk fast and understand each other effectively in a short time.
If you say “yes” when you don’t actually understand what they said, you’ll have no chance to ask them if they could repeat - unlike school because you are seen as a part of workers and your colleagues are more busy than you’d expect. I was afraid of asking them, but the fear is just nothing compared with not receiving the information you need.

 

What have you learned the most during your internship?
I have learned how important communication is in the business world. When I came to the office in my first week, I noticed people talk fast and understand each other effectively in a short time.
If you say “yes” when you don’t actually understand what they said, you’ll have no chance to ask them if they could repeat - unlike school because you are seen as a part of workers and your colleagues are more busy than you’d expect. I was afraid of asking them, but the fear is just nothing compared with not receiving the information you need.
 

What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?
The Internship Program Supervisors are awesome! They are really willing to help us find the best workplaces and support us all the way from the beginning to end. If you have any problems or concerns, they are always with you and respond to your questions in no time. If I could live the moments before I chose AI again, I would do the same thing.
 

What advice would you give future interns?
Some say you should learn as much as possible because you can try out new things without the pressure of being wrong during an internship. I really agree with that, but more importantly I want you to see how people enjoy working.
You don’t need to push yourself in working too much; sometimes put your work aside, look around the office and it is a good idea to ask somebody to eat lunch together. You will get to know what people think about work and also you can make a career plan based on their opinions!
 

What do you enjoy most about Australia?
What I really enjoy in Australia is the life with my host family. Before coming to Australia, I could have chosen other options like share house, but I was interested in having a life with Australian people because I was curious about what kind of culture and manners they have.

My host family was very welcoming when I arrived and they have been taking a cooperative stance toward me. When I am stressed out because of my new life in Australia, they are eager to listen to me to solve my problems anytime. I am enjoying every single day with them

 

NATANA ZOLINI

DESIGNER
 

Introduction

I am a Brazilian Designer and have lived in Australia for almost 2 years. I studied a Bachelor of Industrial Design and Art & Illustrations. Before coming to Australia I used to work in an Advertising agency. During my spare time, I enjoy painting, playing the guitar, watching TV Series and spending time with friends. Recently I started an art business selling my authorial illustrations and paintings (Instagram @natanazolini.art).

 

How would you describe your work?

As a Graphic Designer, I create all sort of visual communication between AI and our Interns, Hosts and Partners. For instance, brochures, flyers, videos, banners etc. Currently, I’m developing a new Brand Identity for Australian Internships, it is very exciting!

 

What do you like the most about your work?

What I like the most in my work is using creativity to transmit messages and information to people. For me, Design means creating thoughtful, emotional connections between products and people. I get fascinated to work on this path. Combined to that I love the teamwork and partnership in the work environment. 

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Your message to the interns?

At the beginning of my career, I was also an intern and during my internship I could learn big part of what I believe and do nowadays. Yes, there will be hard times but do not be scared and try to learn as much as you can. Self-knowledge and self-assessment are very important for improvement, keep yourself always connected with your essence. 

 

 

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SYDNEY – WEAVE: THE FESTIVAL OF ABORIGINAL AND PACIFIC CULTURES

Through a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and drop-in activities, you can join respected Elders, talented artisans and community groups as they weave together their diverse knowledge, experiences and stories to build a better shared future at the Australian Museum’s inaugural Festival of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures. Find more information here.

 

     

 
 
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Brisbane Comedy Festival

International and national headlining comedians will take over the Brisbane Powerhouse (and spill into Brisbane City Hall) for the 2018 festival. Expect more laughs than ever with over 65 comedians across the two venues. Find more information here.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Openair Cinemas

 

From March 9 to April 1, the festival vibes will be in full swing at American Express Openair Cinemas Perth.

Find more information here

 

 
 
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Melbourne – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Dive into the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, an annual, state-wide celebration of the Victorian food and wine industry. Find more information here.

 
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Torquay and the Great Ocean Road

Torquay is a seaside resort town famous for its surf beaches (including Bells Beach), and birthplace of iconic brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. If you visit during Easter you’ll be able to see some of the world’s best surfers in action at the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro.

 

 
 

Grampians

 

Grampians National Park is a nature reserve located in the Grampians region in Victoria. The park is home to a huge variety of native plants and animals, and a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.

 
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Phillip Island

Watch the Penguin Parade, see sleepy koalas in their natural habitat and go to Nobbies outcrop, the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Island has pristine white beaches and iconic wildlife.

 
 

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