Careers and employment offers a wide range of resources to assist you with the interview process.
- Interview skills info sheet (PDF 354KB)
- Questions you can count on info sheet (PDF 165KB)
- Interviews and Interviews for Work Placements modules - Career Development Program modules through Blackboard
- Workshops: Interview skills
- Mock interview session with a career counsellor
My resume will get me the position.
The resume communicates your qualifications and is used to screen candidates for interviews. Over 95% of employers hire on the basis of an interview.
The person with the best education, technical skills, and experience will get work.
Employers will select you for an interview when they feel you meet the education, technical skill, and experience requirements. Employers then interview to verify these qualifications, and also to meet you to evaluate you as a person. They are trying to determine how you interact with people, how you communicate, and to observe other personal characteristics. They hope to judge how well you will fit into their organization, and/or within a particular work group.
I can't prepare for interviews because I don't know what the employer will ask.
You can prepare! Review your self-assessment information to match your qualifications and goals to this specific position. Research the company. Predict and prepare for most of the questions that will be asked. Practice. Decide on what to wear. Make notes on what you need to ask the interviewer.
The most important part of the interview is the last five minutes.
The most important part is the first five minutes - this is a critical time for making a good first impression. Your non-verbal communication (body language) is as important as what you say.
My only goal in the interview is to get this position.
Getting the position is important but the interview is also a time for you to gain information about the organisation and the type of work they are involved with. The interview is a good opportunity to present yourself well to professionals in your field. Even if the specific position offered is not suitable, a later one may be. At times the employers may not feel that they have the right position for you but will offer to refer you to a colleague at their organisation or at another organisation.