Prepare for Your Interview

Once you’ve gotten an interview, here’s what you do next.

Start practicing your Interview Skills - Prepare several answers to common questions, making sure to include 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.

Make a good 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 your 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 Career Services Centre for additional assistance with preparing for an interview at careerservices@centennialcollege.ca or call us at 416-289-5233.