Your goal on interviews is to persuade the employers that you have skills, background and ability to do the job and that you can comfortably fit into the organization. These same keywords you used in your resume, CV or cover letter will be the foundation for your job interview. You must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements

Know-How of Interviews

Before the Job Interview

    • Take some time to organize things so you are not wasting energy on last-minute glitches.
    • Remember, the same keywords you used in your resume/CV will be the foundation for your job interviews.
    • Research the company. It will provide a good basis for informed questions and a better sense of what type of employee they want. Make a list of questions you want to ask.
    • Think about the questions you might be asked. Practice handling concerns ahead of time.
    • Call the day before to reconfirm the time and place.
    • Decide what you are going to wear; have everything cleaned and pressed. Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Pay special attention to grooming.
    • Plan how you are going to get there; allow extra time for unexpected delays.
    • Do not arrive too early; five to ten minutes ahead of the appointment is probably ideal. It gives you a chance to relax before the interview and to review your notes.

You are called for the interview! You are thrilled, but realize you are uncomfortable talking about yourself. Stand in front of a mirror and practice talking about your skills and experience. Make sure you can talk for at least 5 minutes. Have a friend time you.

When the interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself,” you will be ready.

  • Introduce yourself. Use the Personal Marketing Statement. Ask for the person who is interviewing you. Be polite and professional.
  • If you are kept waiting, do not appear anxious. Smile and be friendly.
  • Even though you might like moral support, do not take a friend to the interview.

If you have prepared properly everything will go well.

During the Job Interview

  • It is important to demonstrate at an interview good appearance as well as good manners.
  • Greet the interviewer, shake hands, smile and introduce yourself. Provide copies of your resume. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
  • Do not sit until invited.
  • Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company.
  • Do not interrupt the interviewer!
  • Think of the interview as a conversation with the purpose, not an interrogation. The interviewer may also be nervous. Be positive.
  • Be prepared for any type of interview. Interviews may be full of questions or casual conversation.
  • Follow the lead of the interviewer, stay on topic and ask for clarification if necessary. Listen well!
  • Ask a few questions to let the employer know you are enthusiastic and interested in the company.
  • Wait for the employer to bring up the subject of wages, benefits, etc.
  • Be attentive to body language and posture. Do not cross your arms. Maintain casual eye contact while talking to someone!
  • Do not make negative comments about previous employers!
  • State your interest in the position and organization with enthusiasm.
  • Ensure the employer has all your required documentation before you leave the interview.
  • State your appreciation for the interview. Ask if you can phone in a few days to check on the status of your application. If they offer to contact you, politely ask when you can expect their call.
  • At the end of the interview smile, shake hands and say thank-you.
  • After the Interview, promptly send a brief thank-you note. Mention some of the positive things you talked about in your interview.
  • Follow-up with a phone call if you are not contacted within a week of the committed time.

Things to Take with You for a Job Interview

  • A few copies of your resume or CV.
  • Relevant diplomas, certificates, reference letters and letters of recommendation.
  • Samples of your work or your portfolio, if appropriate.
  • Paper, pen and notes you have made concerning company information or questions you would like to ask.

Awkward Questions on Job Interview

Sometimes employers may ask questions that are not appropriate. You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. For example, according to the Canadian Human Rights Code, a person seeking a job cannot be discriminated against* because of:

• national origin
• colour
• race
• religion
• political belief
• marital status
• family status
• age
• physical or mental disabilities
• sex
• sexual orientation

* Unless the limitation is based on a bona fide occupational requirement.

You do not have to answer questions on these subjects if you feel uncomfortable, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. Casually ask how the question relates to the position.

Prepare for all kinds of questions about yourself, your skills, weaknesses, qualifications, experience and what you can contribute to the company. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers.

In addition, an interviewer may ask you to respond to hypothetical questions and to very direct ones - for example, "Why do you want to work for us?".

Remember, the same keywords you used in your resume/CV will be the foundation for your job interviews

Not only you need to be able to write in your resume/CV about your keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

Always ask questions because this demonstrates your prior research and interest in the job

Do not volunteer information that the interviewer doesn't ask for

Other Know-How of Interviews Info

Hopefully, you received an invitation to a job interview. So, now you need:

Follow up your job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

We strongly believe that if you followed all steps in finding jobs to this step, you will pass the job interview and get the job you wanted. Now you need to know How to Keep Your Job!

In addition, on job search, cover letter, CV & resume, job interviews and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with our Know-How of Interviews!