Here, you’ll find tips to help you feel confident going into your job interview.
From gathering your thoughts and managing your emotions to examples of common interview questions, this advice will help you make the best possible first impression.
It is important to come prepared for the interview. This includes researching the organization (or department), practicing interview responses, preparing questions to ask the interviewer, and having any additional materials ready (portfolio, references, etc.).
Stay calm before the interview by getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and practicing breathing techniques. The day of the interview ensure you are on time, or better yet, early for the interview. Make sure you are aware of the exact location, parking options, and any possible traffic concerns.
Be warm and personable, offer a firm handshake, speak clearly, and show your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Be aware of the professional atmosphere you are interviewing in and choose your outfit accordingly. It’s always better to be overdressed, than underdressed.
The interview process often starts with a few basic questions that allow the interviewer to get to know the applicant.
Behavioural descriptive questions evaluate how you will perform a new job based on your past experiences. The STAR(S) method can help you clearly describe what you did and the results you achieved. Follow these easy steps:
Value-based questions not only help hiring managers see if you are a fit with their team, but they also show you if your personal values align with those of our organization.
Learn more about our values – compassion, accountability, respect, excellence, safety - and how they fit into your past experiences and future goals here.
Skill-based questions deal with professional knowledge or test skills that will be needed to successfully fill the role.
This can be done through work samples, case projects, or simple oral questions. Take your time and showcase your competence, skills, and experience when answering.