Job Interview Tips

86796663 199x300 Job Interview TipsOnce you have graduated from one of Sprott-Shaw’s 180 programs, you still have to do an interview to get the job of your dreams. Here are some interview tips from our Career Centre.

DO

  • Take a practice run to the location or know exactly where it is and how long it takes to get there.
  • Research and practice for the interview.
  • Dress the part of the job, company or industry.
  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If running, do phone the company.
  • Make a first impression once you entered the building. Yes, even with the receptionist or assistant.
  • Fill out job applications neatly, completely and accurately.
  • Bring an extra resume.
  • Greet the interviewer’s by title and last name. If not sure how to pronounce, ask the receptionist before going into the interview.
  • Shake hands firmly with the interviewer.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Showcase your skills and talents by providing examples.
  • Show off the research you conducted about the company or industry.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Ask intelligent questions.
  • Try to get the business card or complete contact information of the interviewer to send thank you letters within 24 hours after the interview.

DON’T

  • Fidget or slouch.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Use poor language, slang and pause words (such as “like,” “uh,” and “um’).
  • Say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors or employers.
  • Lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
  • Answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no.” Explain whenever possible.
  • Bring up personal or family issues.
  • Answer mobile phone calls during interview.
  • Inquire about the compensation package until after you received a job offer.