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Preparing for your interview

Top tips from our recruitment team

7 steps guaranteed to set you up for success

#1 Do your homework

We're impressed when candidates have taken the time to do their research and learn about us. Since you are here on this site, you likely find value in this too! Take a look around and learn as much as you can. Being prepared will also minimize any nerves.

Virtual Interview Tip: To be fully prepared, check the technology resources you’ll be using for the interview ahead of time. To prepare for an online interview, ensure your video and audio are working.

#2 Prepare your responses

We are measuring more than just how you typically behave; we are also interested in what motivates you and what you value. This approach gives us more information about you and how you like to approach tasks. With that in mind – think through some tangible examples to show how you think, how you interact with others, and how you have created an impact in previous roles and projects.

Virtual Interview Tip: We all hope technology will work perfectly, but sometimes things happen. Have a backup plan to keep the interview afloat if your technology resources crash. It doesn’t hurt to have a copy of your resume and notes on hand.

#3 Make an impact

Dress for the occasion. The rule is, when in doubt, overdress. If you mean business, show us. And remember…it's not always what you say, but how you present yourself that makes an impression. During the interview, sit up and stay focused. Maintain eye contact. Remember, if your mind starts to wander, it will show!

Virtual Interview Tip: Even on a video call, non-verbal cues are important. Smile and nod, be present and attentive, and ensure there is understanding on both sides. Your dress code may be less formal at home, but be sure to still dress the part for an interview. Attire should be appropriate.

#4 Be confident

Composure in the business world is crucial and an interview is a good measurement of how you handle pressure. Maintain an appropriate level of professionalism, without being unapproachable. The best advice is to be yourself. We all have strengths - identify them and share them with us. Let your strengths come through in your interview. We're looking for individuals who will thrive in our environment.

Virtual Interview Tip: Ensure you are in a well-lit, quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, and distractions are minimized. We don’t want anything to prevent us getting to know the real you!

#5 Sell yourself

Your qualifications and experience got you in the door. Make sure you can speak confidently about any experiences you've had in the workplace (or in the classroom). Specific examples of how you've contributed to an organization or project are of interest to us. We see potential in you, so be sure to sell yourself by promoting your skills and abilities.

Virtual Interview Tip: You can still make a lasting impression virtually. Dedicate just as much effort as you would in an in-person interview.

#6 Ask questions

When you want to learn more about who we are and what we do, it shows us you are interested. Depending on what you ask, it may also prove you've done your homework. Before the interview, make sure you've prepared a list of questions that we may not have addressed and tailor your questions for the person you are interviewing with.

Virtual Interview Tip: Since you won’t be shaking hands in-person, be sure you are clear on next steps. Typically, interviewers hold time at the end for your questions. Remember, be yourself and ask questions that are important to you!

#7 Follow up

It's good etiquette to thank interviewers for their time. You are typically welcome to exchange contact information with your interviewer, and following up is always nice. This will also let us know that you liked what you heard and you want us to keep you in mind.

Virtual Interview Tip: Video interviews are an important part of your candidate experience – time to get to know the organization, learn about the role, and build some rapport before your potential first day. You’ll get out of it what you put into it!

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