Prepare for Your Interview

Great News...You Have an Interview!

You receive the telephone call you have been anticipating - you are being asked to go in for an interview. While you will obviously be excited and just happy about the opportunity, there are a few things you should remember before the interview:

Start practicing your interview skills. Prepare several answers to common questions including examples demonstrating that you have the skills required for the job. It helps to practice with a friend. You should also have a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

First Impression - Be on time and dress professionally.

Confidence is Key - Enter confidently and with a smile. Shake hands firmly when the interviewer offers to do so. Maintain eye contact and be personable.

Be Prepared - Bring additional copies of your cover letter and resume, know your references, bring letters of references, illustrate your work and skills with the use of a portfolio and carry additional copies of your diploma, certificate or degree.

Do your Research - Learn as much as you can about the company and the job. This will help you answer and ask relevant questions.

Listening Skills - Listen attentively and speak clearly.

Social Skills - Do not chew gum, eat or drink, even when waiting to be called.

Body Language - Body language speaks loudly. Keep hands relaxed. Avoid excessive hand motions and don’t let fidgeting portray nervousness.

Follow Up - After an interview always follow-up 24 to 48 hours later with a thank you e-mail.

For sample interview questions, log into myCentennial. Once you've logged in, click under the Student Services tab to find the Grad Success Pack for field specific examples.

Need Help?

Contact the The Career Services Centre for additional assistance with preparing for an interview at careerservices@centennialcollege.ca or call us at 416-289-5233.