How to prepare for a job interview?

Finally you got the phone are invited for a job interview...

This is your moment to get the job you want (or maybe you just need it for the money), so you have no time to waste...


When it comes to job interviews, most people (read: there was a study and they came up with 92% !!!) get nervous, so don't worry...the managers who hold the interviews are quite aware that people are nervous (for whatever job it is).


Maybe you are worried about the language which might not be native to yours, or maybe you forgot what the company does again, or maybe you are worried that you do not have the skills asked for in the job ad.

Find here some tips so you feel a bit more secure and (hopefully) less nervous when you go for the interview.

  • Do research on the company and the position you applied for

First of all, when a company calls you to invite you for an interview, always ask which company they are from and what position it was for. We understand that many backpackers apply for over twenty jobs a day online, and that you might get lost in all the applications. However, when you are showing up at an interview and you actually have no idea what it is for, it might come across as not interested and not serious, and will definitely not give you a good chance to get the job.

  • Dress for the job

Of course this all depends on the position you apply for. If you have an interview as a labourer, you really do not have to dress up in a suit.

Just the golden rule - make sure you always look good (no holes and torn parts in clothing, rundown sneakers, washed hair, no low-cut tops or a low waist pants, no things and always a smile on your face). If you do not want to spend lots of money on an outfit to go for an interview, you can always go to a Kmart or a second hand shop to get some basic items.

  • Be on time

Make sure you will be at the interview on time, about 15 minutes is perfect. It is a better look to show up on time than too late. In case you are running late due to unforeseen circumstances, just ring the company and tell them you are running late. You can better inform them in advance so they still know you are coming. 

  • Be friendly and confident

Be friendly, put a smile on your face, maintain eye contact and be enthousiastic. Just by putting a smile on your face, you will get positive reactions from other people, and this also helps your confidence too. You have applied, they have seen your CV and they invited you for an interview. Be proud and confident...they want you :)! Of course, do not overdo it and get cocky, as this might work only against you.

  • Be honest

We know that you might only want to work 2 weeks and apply for a job that states you have to commit to a minimum of 4 months. So you show up, tell the company that of course you will stay for 4 months, and after 2 weeks you decide to not come in anymore and quit. It happens a lot, but remember that first of all, you are ruining it for yourself (as you know you will not get a good reference from this company), but secondly, you also ruin it for your fellow travellers. When companies have this happen many times, do prefer not to hire backpackers anymore.

But of course, if you have a horrible time at a company and you really do not feel good going there daily to work, just have a chat with your employer and find another job. You are only in Australia for a short time and you want to have the time of your life, so being miserable is the last thing you want to do.

You can always be honest and say for example you just arrived and not sure how long you will stay for. And of course, if you already know you cannot commit to 4 months, save yourself (and the company) the time and the energy to go for an interview for a job you probably won't get to start with. But maybe you start working and will like it that much, you might end up staying for 5 months...who knows.

  • Come prepared

Bring a copy of your CV and maybe if you need to sign up with an agency, make sure you have your TFN, copy of your ID and maybe your white card/RSA details with you as well.

If you have any questions at all about the position (this could be from work uniforms to wages to working hours to lunch breaks or eligibility for a second year visa or anything else), do not hesitate to ask the person you have the interview with. Wait with all of these questions during the interview (unless the interviewer brings it up), as if it is a first interview they might do a second or a third round after this, in which you would be able to ask your questions. If it is a one time interview, do not hesitate and check. You can better know before you start than 3 weeks in the job.

Questions they "might" ask you, so you might as well prepare them. Of course these depend all on the job you are applying for. If you want to be a pick/packer in a warehouse, they questions might be completely different of course.

1) What are your salary expectations?

2) How would your colleagues describe you?

3) What are your strong and weak points?

4) Why did you apply with our company and why do you want to work here?

5) What did and didn't you like about your last job position?


Just remember....






VIVID Sydney - start 25th of May

On the 25th of May VIVID Sydney will start again!

VIVID is a 23 day filled festival (starts at 6pm) filled with light, ideas and music in different parts of the city.

The festival runs to June 16th. Don't miss the lighting of the sails (Opera House) on the 25th of May at 6pm.



Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy - for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world's largest outdoor 'art-gallery': a unique Vivid Sydney experience.

Vivid Light engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces through their creative vision.

Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music program.

From local and international acts performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House, to other large venues and small bars, Vivid Sydney hosts a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground-breaking musical collaborations.

At the heart of Vivid Music is Vivid LIVE, a program of cutting-edge music which takes place at the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s most famous building.

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What is ANZAC Day?

On the 25th of April it is ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC stands for: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On the 25th of April each year all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died and are operating in all wars/conflicts/peacekeeping operations are commemorated.

Originally it was to honor the ANZACs who fought at Gallipolo against the Ottoman Empire during World War I, but these days all ANZACs in every war/conflicts are honored.

In many cities/towns there will be services held.

In Sydney, the main Dawn Service is held at Martin Place at The Cenotaph. This service starts at 4.15am.

The Sydney ANZAC Day March (marched by Navy/Army/Air Force/civilians in suppot of Australian Troops, descendants of Australian veterans, Commonwealth and allies) will start at 9 am at Martin Place/Elisabeth Street and finishes at the end of Hyde Park (around 12.30pm). Here a service will be held next to The Pool of Remembrance at the ANZAC War Memorial.

The tradition of two-up games is held in clubs and pubs across the country. Every other day of the year it is illegal to play this game, except for Anzac Day. Two-up is a gambling game where two coins are thrown in the air and you bet on heads or tails, while drinking a beer and eating something of the BBQ.

For places to check out two-up in Sydney, click here!


New Years Eve 2017/2018 - where to go in which city

Only four more sleeps and we will be going into 2018!

A new year that hopefully for all of you will be filled with adventure, laughter, new friends, travel, love and good health.

But...before it is so far...what to do on New Years Eve?

In all cities in Australia (big and small) New Years Eve will be celebrated.

Check out here where to go to have an awesome start of the New Year:

Of course also many spots will be for free to watch the fireworks and celebrate the New Year. Just make sure you are 'on time' and abide by the rules (especially for people who are used in their own country to drink in the middle of the street, please note here are different regulations). 

4 more sleeps...


We are looking for staff!

Australian Backpackers Work and Travel Programs in Sydney is looking for a travel sales person.


Have you been travelling in Australia and you love to help people with planning their trip in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji…this might be the job for you.

You are on a current (1st or 2nd) WHV and can commit to at least 3 months during the Summer period in Sydney.

Approx. 35 hours per week, award wage and commission payment.

Sales experience would be a big plus, but if you don’t have any we ask you to be bubbly, outgoing, confident, highly motivated and social. Preferably you speak multiple languages and you must be willing to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Interviews start this week.

If you think you would be the perfect candidate for this job, please send us your CV and a cover letter explaining to us why we should hire you, to:



25 days till Christmas ... where to go, what to do?

Only 25 more days and it is you see yourself already dressed in your shorts/skirts, thongs, a hat and covered in sunscreen lotion?

If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, we want to advice you to do this as soon as you can. Millions of people will be in Sydney to dip their toes in the water at Bondi Beach with Christmas and watch the fireworks in the harbour at NYE. It will be harder to find accommodation towards those days and the prices might go up.

Check with our partners of Original Backpackers for their Christmas/NYE deals or contact us and we can check it for you.

There will be many events in the city all of December, from Christmas choirs singing in the streets to Christmas markets, to huge sparkling Christmas trees in the shopping malls to parties everywhere.

If you want some inspiration on what to do and where to go, check it out here!

HO HO HO...almost Merry Christmas!


50 best beaches in the world (and a few are in Australia)...YAYYY

FlightNetwork has compiled the world’s 50 best beaches, according to the opinions of more than 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies.

And amongst those 50 beaches, you can find four of them right here in Australia...of course we are not surprised, are you?!

For the full story read here.

So you ask us, where are those beaches? Nope, unfortunately Bondi Beach or Manly Beach were not on the list, but the winners are....tudum tudum tudum...(drum roll...)...

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia (QLD)

8. Hyams Beach, Australia (NSW)

18. Lucky Bay, Australia (WA)

29. Turquoise Bay, Australia (WA)

So if you are thinking of planning the trip to go and see Whitehaven Beach, wait no longer and check our our Whitsundays Specials or check out Hyams Beach while doing a Jervis Bay trip or see the white sand at Lucky Bay while doing an Esperance tour. Do you want to explore more on the West Coast and also check out number 29 of the 50 ... contact us for more info!