Real Industry Job Interviews

Real Industry Job Interviews

Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) provides young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take on the current job market.

RIJI is a work readiness program that assists students in developing good job search, resume writing and interviewing skills. The program is delivered in Term 2 as part of a school’s curriculum throughout a series of guided lesson plans. The program concludes in a face-to-face interview with a local volunteer employer during a RIJI event.

Who’s Involved

Local Students
Year 10-12 students across 20 secondary schools including alternative settings and special schools in the cities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra. There are over 950 students currently participating in the program.

Local Employers
Local employers support the program in two ways:

  1. As an Industry Partner – working in partnership with the school by delivering work readiness training to students during the program
  2. Volunteering as an interviewer at the Real Industry Job Interview Events in October where local employers provide feedback on resumes and interview performance.

This program is a real community effort and would not be possible without the participation of schools, service providers and local employers.

If you’d like to volunteer as an interviewer for the 2021 events.

Sign up at the following Eventbrite page https://riji-volunteers.eventbrite.com.au

Business/Organisations – Get involved

How to get involved?

If you or your organisation would like to be engaged in the RIJI Program as an Industry Partner or Volunteer Interviewer please click on the email link below to contact the RIJI coordinator.

Email Bret Mahon




Key dates for 2022

Secondary School Expression of Interest: Friday 18th February 2022

Download an Expression of Interest form


Teacher Professional Development Workshop – June

Confirm student numbers – TBC


Student Resume and Application letters due: TBC



Darebin Region:
Darebin Arts Centre

Yarra Region:

Coburg Town Hall

RIJI Teaching Resource

This resource has been developed in collaboration with Real Industry Job Interviews (RIJI) Steering Committee members and has been revised a number of times to keep with current employment and recruitment practices.

Download a full copy of the latest Teachers Resource

or download the individual lesson plans (Pdf and Word document available).

RIJI Teachers Resource Lesson Handouts

Lesson Plan Outline Pdf
Program Checklist Pdf
Resume Builder Pdf | Word document
Lesson 01 – SELF ASSESSMENT Pdf |Word document
Lesson 02 – JOB SEARCHING Pdf | Word document
Lesson 03 – APPLYING FOR A JOB (SESSION 1) Pdf | Word document
Lesson 04 – APPLYING FOR A JOB (SESSION 2) Pdf | Word document
Lesson 05 – PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW (SESSION 1) Pdf | Word document 
Lesson 06 – PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW (SESSION 2) Pdf | Word document 
Lesson 07 – AFTER THE INTERVIEW Pdf |Word document

Download all lessons  ZIP file

Download all lesson handouts ZIP file

The Anti-Anxiety Card

Use an Anti-Anxiety Card to tackle interview stress. Download a copy



Clifroy Bank

Inner North Community Foundation



Victoria State Government

Melbourne Poly

La Trobe University

Yarra Council

Darebin Council

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