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Job Interview Tips

Posted February 4, 2012, by Sprott Shaw College. Tags: , ,

Job Interview Tips and TricksOnce 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.


    • 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.



  • 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.