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preparing for a job interview
Preparing for a Job Interview


  • Sonja Burke, Manager, Employment and Training, Goodwill, Ontario Great Lakes
  • Katie Froussios, Human Resources Counsellor, Western Ontario Region, TD Canada Trust
preparing for a job interview agenda
Preparing for a Job Interview Agenda
  • Preparing for the interview
  • At the Interview - Presentation
  • Post Interview
  • Giving Quality Answers
  • Sample Answers and Guidelines
  • Questions to Ask at an Interview
  • Disclosure
  • Examples Good and Bad
the call
The Call

When you get “the call” for an interview, you should ask the following:

  • Time and location of interview.
  • Who will I be meeting with?
  • What is the person’s job title.
  • What type of interview (1 to 1 or panel)
  • Can I have a copy of the job description?
get ready
Get Ready
  • Research the company
  • Review job posting, advertisement
  • Review your resume
  • Practice interview answers
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
  • Contact your references to let know about the interview and job applied for
reduce the stress
Reduce the Stress
  • Go to the location of the interview the day before
  • Note the time it took you to get there
  • Look for the best parking spot or closest bus stop
  • If possible, look around the place of business you are applying to, get brochures, information etc
  • Lay out your clothes the night before the interview – dress one notch better then what you would wear to work
the big day
The Big Day
  • Be on time, not too early and NEVER late – 10 minutes early is acceptable
  • Bring your resume, references, reference letters, certificates, outstanding performance reviews. Put in a file or folder
  • No gum, cigarettes or fragrances
  • Its okay to be nervous, the interviewer probably is too
the interview
The Interview
  • Use positive statements, “I can, I will, I do”
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Use eye contact and try not to fidget
  • Provide interviewer with your references

It is okay to:

  • Ask for a moment to think about your answer
  • Ask for the question to be repeated
  • Ask to come back to the question later
whew its over
Whew, its over…..
  • Always send a thank you letter ASAP
  • Call your references and provide them information on the job and review your skills that relate to the position
  • Follow up with the employer
behavioural interviews
Behavioural Interviews
  • Are based on the idea that a potential employee's past performance is the best predictor of their future performances and it increases an employer chance of picking the best candidate for the job.
  • These questions usually begin with
    • Tell me about a time when….
    • Describe a situation that you….
    • Give a specific example of….
    • Give me an example of a time when you gave a suggestion or recommendation to improve……
    • What interests you about this role?
quality answers
Quality Answers
  • Keep them business focused
  • Mentions skills that are relevant to the job
  • Back up what you say with examples
  • Be positive – never “bad mouth” another employer
  • Show motivation and enthusiasm
questions you should not be asked
Questions You Should Not be Asked
  • Are you married? Separated? Divorced?
  • What does your partner do?
  • Do you have young children at home?
  • What will happen if your children get sick?
  • How old are you?
  • Do you have a disability?
questions to ask the interviewer
Questions to ask the Interviewer
  • Can you tell me more about…..?
  • Do you have any training programs? Can you describe them?
  • What would my schedule be like?
  • How has this position become available?
  • When will you be making your hiring decision?
  • Will you be contacting all candidates once you have made your hiring decision?
  • It is a personal decision, there is no right or wrong answer
  • There are pros and cons to disclosing
good and bad interviews
Good and Bad Interviews
  • We’ve all had them….
  • Tell us about yours…..