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Application and interview tips


Gain some useful tips from our Talent Acquisition Team

Application and interview tips


Gain some useful tips from our Talent Acquisition Team
The RACGP > Careers > Application and interview tips

Application tips

We understand that applying for a job can be a challenging task. To help you create that perfect application, here is an outline of what we look for at the RACGP. 

Cover Letter

The role of your cover letter is to demonstrate why you are the perfect person for the particular role you have applied for.  When drafting your letter, we would suggest that you:

  • Pick two or three skills or capabilities highlighted in the job advertisement, then offer examples of times you have demonstrated those traits.
  • Take the time to showcase your enthusiasm for the role and outline any traits you believe sets you apart from other candidates. 
  • Tell us about your interest in the RACGP and why you would like to work for us.  
  • Use direct and concise language, avoiding overly long sentences or fancy words. If possible, try to keep the length to one page.
  • Be consistent in formatting. Use the same professional font and style as you did in your resume.
  • Ensure that you read the job advertisement clearly and address any additional requirements which may be outlined there.

Resume

  • Use headings and subheadings. Ensure that the format is clear, simple and easy to read.
  • When drafting your employment history section, ensure each entry outlines your role title, company, and employment period in a very clear and easy to read format.
  • Outline your achievements for each role where feasible.
  • Keep it brief. For most roles we typically recommend 2-3 pages maximum. Give more space to detail about your current, most recent or relevant jobs and less about older unrelated roles.
  • Consider including a profile statement at the start of your resume. This should outline your core skill set/experience and perhaps what you are most passionate about.
  • Ensure your resume is tailored to the particular role that you are looking for.
  • Keep personal details to a minimum. Contact email and phone number is sufficient.
  • Include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Looking for new ideas? You can access a range of resume templates through Microsoft Word, simply navigate to File > New > Search ‘Resume’ in online templates.

Interview tips

Preparing for your job interview is the best way to set yourself up for success. Our team have put together some tips to help prepare for your interview:  

Research & Preparation:  

  • The better prepared you are, the more relaxed and comfortable you will be throughout the interview process.  
  • Review the position description and job ad to make sure you address the key selection criteria.  
  • Take some time to reflect on relevant work-related examples to showcase in your interview.   
  • It is always best to relate your experience to the specific requirements of the job you are applying for.  
  • It is best to research the RACGP before you apply and before your interview. Key areas to research include: our values, vision, strategy, culture, history, services, members and purpose.   
  • You can also research the broader industry too to find out about any recent developments, trends and changes.   

Presentation & Communication:  

  • Practice interviewing. Practice with a friend using commonly asked interview questions or practice using the video recording function on your laptop.   
  • This includes planning how you are going to introduce yourself in a job interview and talking through your most recent and relevant career history.   
  • Pay attention to body language and verbal presentation. The more you practice and get comfortable, the easier it will be to avoid verbal fillers, like “uh,” and “um.”   
  • Handle logistics early. Have your clothes, resume, and directions to the interview site ready ahead of time, to avoid any extra stress.  
  • If you are attending a video interview, be aware of these additional video interview tips to ensure you prepare thoroughly.  
  • Make sure to look the part. Look, act and dress professionally.   

We wish you all the best in your application and interview and hope to have you onboard with us soon at the RACGP!

For more on how to prepare for an interview head to: Interview Tips or feel free to do some of your own research as well.