Have you made it to the interview stage for a role at Grange? Congratulations!
We want you to have the best chance of success in becoming a part of Grange. To present the best version of yourself in our interviews there is some preparation you can do to maximise your chances.
Manage your space
If you're doing a phone chat or online interview, take some time to prepare where you'll be taking the interview.
Try to find an area that is quiet and has a good internet connection where you won't be disturbed. Make sure that you'll be able to hear us and we can hear you.
Consider having a notebook and pen handy to scribble down notes or questions you may have.
Regardless of which type of interview you're doing you should have some questions prepared to ask us. Asking us questions shows that you care about understanding Grange and the role you have applied for.
Interviews go both ways - and it is your best opporunity to talk openly with us about the nature of the role and our expectations. We want you to be sure that the role is going to meet your needs and goals as much as you will meet ours.
Try to ask questions that will help you get clarity on the day-to-day experience, growth opportunities, performance measures, etc.
Use your history
During your interviews many of our questions will be allong the lines of "Describe a time when…" or "How would you approach this scenario…?".
These are known as Behavioural Questions and your response helps us understand how you may approach a similar situation in the future. We want to hear about your descisions and actions in your own words.
Preparing some examples ahead of time of moments you achieved something is a good way to stay calm and confident during the interview.
In your response, we'd suggest you consider using the STAR approach.
When and where did your example take place? What is the context?
For example, "At my previous employer, my team was being re-tasked onto a new project before our current project had been completed. We had important stakeholders to manage and complex actions needing to be delivered."
What was your role and responsibilities? What were the expectations?
For example, "As the team leader I needed to coordinate the change in priorities and duties and ensure smooth delivery of both projects."
What activities did you undertake? What choices did you make?
For example, "I planned and executed a managed knowledge transfer to the engineering support group. This included topology documentation…"
What was the outcome of your choices? What feedback did you receive? What did you learn?
For example, "Both projects were successfully delivered within the revised schedule. The team was praised for it's agility and I was personally thanked by the dapartment head."
Talk it through
When you're talking with us about the role or your experiences we'd love to hear your thought process as well as your answer.
Talk us through the steps you're taking as you answer our questions, what you're considering, how you're reaching your conclusions.
Likewise if anything we say needs clarification, let us know. Ask follow up questions to get the perspective you need. We don't want you to have to make any assumptions.
Ask for a moment to collect your thoughts if you need it - write it out if it helps clarify.
It's not a race and we want to hear you at your best.
Be sure you address the question when you respond. Don't be afraid to reiterate the question if necessary.
It's a good idea to always clarify this with your interviewer if you think you may not have been clear.
Try to keep calm and breath. We don't want you to feel stressed or under pressure.
We're talking with you because you're a good candidate!
After the interview
At the end of your interview the Hiring Manager will most likely let you know when you can expect to hear back about the next steps or the hiring decision.
If not, we encourage you to ask! It demonstrates motivation and your interest in the role.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to wear?
You don't need to dress up to impress us - it's the content of your character and not the content of your wallet that we are looking to hire.
We suggest you wear whatever makes you feel your most confident and comfortable. We want to see the authentic version of you.
What should I know before my interview?
We would expect you to have at least passing familiarity with what Grange does and where we operate. What kind of product do we make? How is it used? etc.
But we don't expect you to be an expert. There won't be an exam 😀
What should I do if I can't attend my interview?
Life happens - we get it. There will be times that something urgent pops up and your job interview is the thing that needs to be shuffled on your calendar.
The earlier you can let us know the better, as we can usually reschedule without too much hassle.
We would not reccomend not attending without letting us know in advance.
What if I can't answer a question?
We don't expect you to know everything. If you are feeling frazzled, stuck, or don't have applicable experience then we encourage you to ask clarifying questions that show your ability to collaborate and be resourceful.