What to expect from your job interview and how to
be a better prepared candidate.
Job Interviews from practical perspective
Field of study
Year in the program
Why are you attending this seminar?
Prepare your profile
– Cover letter
– List of references and reference letters
– Google yourself
Applying for Jobs
Preparing for the Interview
Study the job description
– Required skills, knowledge, attributes
Study the organization
– Important dates and achievements
Review your own credentials and work history
– Do not assume the interviewer(s) went through it all
– Preliminary and introductory
– Likely with an HR representative
– 2 or more interviewers
– HR representative and manager/hiring lead
Types of Interviews
Types of Interviews
– Multiple candidates interviewed at once
Video conference interview
– 2 or more separate interviews in sequence
Past behaviour predicts future actions/decisions
Based on specific past behaviours
– Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge.
How did you resolve it?
– Tell me about a time when you demonstrated working
effectively under pressure
– Provide an example of working in a team
– Provide an example of dealing with a difficult
customer. How did you handle it?
Know your work history
Conclude each answer on a positive note
Demonstrate skills, abilities and work ethic
Based on hypothetical situations
– What would you do if the work of a team member was
not up to expectations?
– What would you do if a project’s priorities suddenly
– List the steps you would take to reach an important
decision on the job.
Situational Interview Questions
Combination of situational and other interview
Each candidate is asked the same questions
Results are scored and compared
Ensures objective decision making
No strict guidelines
Free-flowing, casual conversation
More prone to bias
More realistic overview of candidate
Combines structured and unstructured questions
Standardized testing to evaluate candidate’s fit
and competence level
– Administrative (MS Office)
What to wear?
During the Interview...
Tell me about yourself
– Direction of career
– Brief overview of academic/career achievements
– Time management
– Team player
– Fast learner
– Skills development
– Turn negative into positive
“Do you have any questions?”
Tell me about your degree/diploma. Why did you
choose this field of study?
Why are you looking to leave your current job?
Why do you want to work here?
What are your career goals?
When are you available to start?
Other Interview Questions
Follow up with a quick ‘thank you’ e-mail
Calling/e-mailing the recruiter to find out about
the status of your application is OK!
After the Interview
Want to get involved?
We are hiring executives for the next year:
Come talk to ME after event.
Fill out the application form at http://4uw.co/2014-executive
Club memberships are open for next year
Come talk to ME after the event. Membership fee: $20/year
Club is oriented on career and life skills development