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Preparing for an Interview

Preparing for your interview is important - the more prepared you are, the more confident you will be during the interview. Don't be nervous. You are starting with a big advantage. There is something about your resume they like. They want to talk to you. They want to know you really are the right choice.


Here are some things to do when preparing for a job interview:

1. Write down the exact time and location of the interview, and keep this information with you. Know how to get to the interview and how long it will take you.

2. Write down the names and titles of the people interviewing you. Phone and find out their names. Don't rely on memory, it may fail you.

3. Research the actual job duties and responsibilities. Then as you practice your answers to possible interview questions, relate your skills and accomplishments to the required job duties.

4. Research the company - look in the year-end reports, newsletters, the library, or ask people in the business. You might even find information by checking out company profiles on the internet. Know the company - what does it do? Where does it operate?

5. Research possible interview questions and practice again and again with someone who can give you feedback. Check out the CanSask Services or other organizations within your area who may offer workshops on Preparing for Interviews.

6. Prepare your own questions to ask the interviewer(s). This can show a genuine interest in the company and the position. As well, your questions may give you additional information to base an acceptance or rejection of a job offer. Your questions may also help you with salary negotiations.

7. Arrive early. If you are kept waiting, don't let it make you nervous.

8. Dress for success. Be positive and be confident; show energy and enthusiasm. Don't over do it. Don't look phoney. First impressions are important. Many employers make a judgement within the first four minutes. A positive self-image communicates itself instantly to others.

9. Take the following items with you to the interview:

- writing paper
- extra copies of your resume
- copies of your reference list
- a portfolio

10. Gear yourself mentally for the different scenarios:

- You may be offered the job during the interview ( be prepared for salary negotiations!).

- You may be asked to come back for another interview.

- You may be asked to wait for a period of time before you know whether you have the job or not.

- You may be rejected during the interview or shortly after.

 
Interview website links

Here are some websites to help you with the interview process.

Interview Guide For Employers
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has produced this guide for employers, but job seekers will find it useful in order to understand expectations and procedures of the entire hiring process.

Interview - Job Search Handbook - Saskatchewan

Job Search Manual – University of Calgary
Comprehensive information on preparing for the interview and suggestions for following up after the interview.

The Interview
Provides information on preparing for the interview, common interview questions, stages of the interview and follow up after the interview.

Types of Interviews
A comprehensive job search guide developed by the Minnesota Department of Economic Security. This webpage has a list of various kinds of interviews that job seekers can expect in the hiring process.

Interviewing and Job Offer Negotiation Success
Insights designed to help you successfully interview and get the job you want--and then negotiate the very best job offer. Includes good job fair, phone and site interview techniques.

Behavioral Interviews
Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. The logic is that how you behaved in the past will predict how you will behave in the future i.e. past performance predicts future performance.

 
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