SURVIVAL GUIDE for the interview Carrie Jackson, SHL Canada Inc..

No matter your skills, experience or preparatio n that will bring you there, pass the course of the interview is a major obstacl e for most students. After many years of study and hard work, your entire future depends suddenly the good impression you'll manage to create from a person or t wo, during a brief encounter. Here's how you can best prepare yourself through t he ordeal. The tips on the interview and no shortage of information sources are abundant, from libraries to career services through the Internet and even urban legends. Most of these tips are useful even if some are somewhat bizarre. Here's an example: If you salt your food before tasting, you perceived as someone who jumps to conclusions, or if you park your car in reverse, you are considered a p erson who lacks motivation. It is better to ignore these superstitions and focus on tips that are lists in three categories. Preparation Most people have asked for an interview seems to be going into enemy territory. A good preparation can however get rid of that sinking feeling: • Try to discover what the organization seeks. Review the job description. What skills and qualifications? What informa tion brochure and the website of the company they give you about the culture, va lues and mission of the organization? Compare your skills, your personality and experience to the needs of the organization. Reflect on your experience and achi evements of recent years and ask yourself how you have demonstrated these skills and these qualities. How does your previous experience correspond to the positi on you covet? Try testing the invitation business details. Learn what happens du ring the interview process. Increasingly, the use a combination of valuation tec hniques and may require skills and personality or simulation exercises. Read car efully and, if necessary, call the company for more • • Placement Service Room D-3629 ((514) 254-7131 ext 4253 • Remember that interviews are very different from each other, but they all have a common goal to assess your ability to do the job. An interview can turn around the review of your resume or cover some of your behavior or your skills. Some in terviewers will ask you to provide examples of previous experience while others will offer a series of hypothetical situations to which you must react. Do not p repare too. It is impossible to prepare responses to all questions and answers w ill be standardized and repeated false air. A good knowledge of your skills, wha t motivates you and your ambitions coupled with extensive research on the compan y is the best preparation for an interview. Think about how you present yourself . Adopt professional and remember that it is better to be rather conventional. B e punctual. Familiarize yourself with your destination and arrive on time. attit ude • • • Self-control interviews are stressful, but e is also an opportunity for you to r eport lles your skills, your strengths and relevance of your application. Some q uestions are harder than others but it is important to stay calm: • Listen caref ully to the interviewer. You could easily be tempted to think that the organizat ion seeks and play this role. Pushed too far, this attitude serves no one. Remem

ber that you will spend almost a third of your time at work. It is therefore cru cial that you can do the job and it is also preferable that you find of interest and challenges. If you see your true abilities, your personality or your career aspirations, you may get the job, but you do not stay long and you probably wil l not find any satisfaction. Remember that interviewing is a two way process and it makes sense for you to explore how the position and organization meet your n eeds as well as how you respond to theirs. • 2 Local Employment Service D-3629 ((514) 254-7131 ext 4253 Students often spend as much time to prepare a list of questions to demonstrate their interest in the organization. However, it is preferable to direct these qu estions to discover if the position for you. Here are some questions you should ask: • • • • • • What is the next step in the evaluation process? How many peopl e the organization plans to hire it? What are the opportunities for training, de velopment and advancement? Who would be your supervisor if you get the job? What is your management style? Give me a glimpse of a day or a typical week? Conclusion There is no ideal behavior for an interview. If you do not get the jo b, you probably do not fit the job requirements. Some companies are willing to g ive you feedback on your performance during the selection. If you can get this i nformation is very useful. Try to learn what they see as your strengths and area s for improvement as regards the employment in question, and then use this infor mation to prepare you for the next interview. In submitting to several interview s, you will gain experience and skills that will help you find the job that suit s your fancy. 3 Local Employment Service D-3629 ((514) 254-7131 ext 4253