Careers 101: Interview Tips & Tricks

Going for an interview can be very intimidating, IF, you’re not prepared. We are here to help you so you can be prepared and ACE that interview!

Here and some tried, tested, and true tips & tricks from seasoned recruiters and hiring managers:

  • Educate yourself on the company. You should be able to answer all of these questions: Who are you interviewing with? What do they do there? What is the company all about? What are the values of the company?

  • Educate yourself on the role. Be ready and able to speak to the required skill set for the role and why your skills are the perfect match.

  • The night before your interview you should choose an appropriate outfit and lay it out. If you aren’t sure what is deemed as “appropriate” you can always ask what the dress code for the interview is. We always recommend that you “dress to impress” as you don’t get a second first impression.

  • Get a good night's sleep and eat a solid meal before the interview. Self-care goes a long way!

  • Throw a few “emergency” items in your bag. Think mints, floss, deodorant, tide-to-go pen, etc. It is also a good idea to bring some ID with you just in case the building or facility you are entering has strict security protocols. Additionally, be mindful of what type of bag you are bringing with you. The bag should reflect the role and industry.

  • Leave your phone on silent, like all the way silent, or, better yet put it on airplane mode.

  • Don’t bring in coffee or hot food or luggage (unless you are coming from out of town for said interview) or your earbuds with you to the interview.

  • A few copies of your resume never hurt! Even in this ultra-digital age, there is something to be said for a candidate showing up with a copy of their resume for a hiring manager to review in real life.

  • A notebook and pen(s) are one of the ways to look dedicated and capable. You can take time to jot down notes and important conversation points.

  • Prepare some questions ahead of time that you want to ask the hiring manager and/or hiring team. If you can’t think of any questions you want to ask a sure-fire way to spark further conversation and to show your interest is to ask the hiring manager and/or the hiring team what they enjoy the most about their roles and/or about the company itself.

  • Bring along samples of work if they are required for the role. Again, if you are unsure, ask your point of contact.

  • Don’t act immaturely during your interview and at all costs avoid bad-mouthing your former employer.

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  • Listen to the questions you are being asked and be sure to answer them honestly and thoroughly. A good way to check if you nailed all of the speaking points is to ask them if you answered their question (“Does that answer your question?”). Definitely, do NOT, avoid answering a question. Evasion behaviour seems fishy!

  • Have a list of references ready to go should they request them. Ideally, you should have pre-identified 3 or 4 former or current supervisors the HR Team or Recruiter can reach out to at a moment's notice.

  • Don’t talk too soon about money BUT when it is time to talk money be sure to know what you're worth so you can be paid fairly for the role you are applying for. Knowledge is power and all it takes is a short Google search to see what the industry average is for your role.

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Keira Roets