Preparing for a Job Interview Presenters 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 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 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 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 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 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 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….. 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 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 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 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 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? Disclosure It is a personal decision, there is no right or wrong answer There are pros and cons to disclosing Good and Bad Interviews We’ve all had them…. Tell us about yours…..
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