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Interview help

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the first part of the application screening process and landed an interview.

Your employer will be looking for key things from you during your interview. These include:

  • Examples of where you demonstrated the core skills/qualifications.
  • Evidence that you have researched the organization and know what it does and what its challenges are.
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An ability to respond to situational ("What would you do if...?") and behavioural ("Give me an example where you...") questions.
  • Seeing if your answers are consistent the information you have supplied in your resumé and online profile.

Interview preparation tips

  1. Review the job description. Take the time to review the job description to look for key skills the employer is seeking.
  2. Research the employer. Review the employer's website. Who are its competitors? Does the employer have mission statements?
  3. Review your resumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t updated your LinkedIn profile, ensure you update it in case the employer reviews.
  4. Practise. Research potential interview questions and practise what you are going to say. Please see below for some Career Centre resources to help you.
  5. Get ready for the big day. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. Print extra copies of your resumé in case the employer needs it. Plan your route so you are sure to arrive 15 minutes early for the interview.
  6. Use the STAR technique. Describe the situation, task, action and result.
  7. Send a personalized thank-you note to each interviewer. Thank-you notes enable you to thank the employer and add any information you might have missed. Good thank-you notes can have a significant impact on the hiring committee.

Online resources

In-person

We offer practice interviews. Log in to the portal and set up up a 60-minute appointment with an employment advisor or a co-op co-ordinator. Please bring a copy of your resumé/cover letter and a copy of a job description (if you have one).

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