Prepare for an interview
The day of your interview can be nerve-wracking but if you're well prepared, you'll be more likely to arrive feeling confident. Here are a few tips to help make the interview go more smoothly:
- Make sure your clothes are appropriate, pressed and clean. Set everything out the night before if possible so it's all ready to go.
- Make sure you are clean and well-groomed.
- Don't eat anything loaded with garlic or onions prior to the interview. Make sure your breath is fresh. Brush your teeth before setting out and bring mints.
- Bring water. Many employers will provide you with water during the interview but if not, it’s good to have your own with you in case your mouth gets dry during the interview.
- Bring a notepad and pen. It is acceptable and even encouraged to take notes during the interview.
- Bring extra copies of your resume. Even though you submitted a resume when you applied, there may be multiple interviewers and/or somebody might have forgotten to bring a copy.
- Know where you're going ahead of time. Get a map if you aren't familiar with the area and ensure you have good directions. How long will it take to get there by car or public transit? What bus route or subway station serves the area?
- Arrive early (but not too early!). Allow plenty of time for transit delays and traffic jams. Plan to arrive at the interview site 10-15 minutes prior to the interview start time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, wait in your car, in a nearby cafe, or the lobby of the building until closer to your interview time.
- Be polite to everyone you encounter. Employers will often ask other team members (eg. the receptionist) how you handled yourself when you introduced yourself upon arrival and while you were waiting to be called in.
- Shake hands with everyone you are introduced to.
Career Centre Resources
- Interview Preparation: Approach your next interview or networking event with increased confidence. Learn how you can influence the first impression you make and show your best self while answering employers’ questions.
- Career Lounge: Pop-in with a quick question or bring a career document to work on and stay awhile.
Interview Practice Sessions
- Interview Practice Session: A Career Educator at the Career Centre can conduct a videotaped Interview Practice Session with you and provide feedback to strengthen your interview skills.
- Interview Skills Tip Sheet [PDF - 75 kB]
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