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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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  • It is a personal decision, there is no right or wrong answer

  • There are pros and cons to disclosing

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Good and Bad Interviews

  • We’ve all had them….

  • Tell us about yours…..