Once 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.