Preparing For Your Interview
Congratulations! You have passed the screening stage and have been granted an interview. Now it’s time to prepare.
Why should you prepare? If you prepare, you will be able to answer questions more comfortably and project confidence. Preparing will also help you determine what you need and want from the interview.
The following recommendations will help you to prepare for an interview. Please remember that these are only suggestions, and you should prepare in a way that works best for you:
- Familiarize yourself with the job description. Review the job posting and identify the main components of the job (for example: strong customer service background, strong project management background). The interview questions will be based on the main components outlined in the qualifications sections.
- During the interview you can expect to be asked questions related to your education, experience, skills, interest in the position and knowledge of the organization.
- Most questions will be behavioural-based, which means you will be asked to provide the interview panel with specific examples based on your past experiences.
- When answering behavioural-based questions, keep in mind the STAR approach. Your answer should describe the Situation, Task, Action and Result.
Practice answering interview questions by:
- Writing down your answers to help you remember them (but don’t memorize your answers).
- Recording your answers to help you assess how you present yourself.
- Conducting a mock interview with family or friends to help build your confidence.