Career information brief offers pointers for professional job interview

A job interview can induce a lot of anxiety—especially for students, many of whom have never been through interviews for professional positions related to their fields of study.

The October Career Information Brief, published by the Centre for Career Education, offers tips and suggestions to prepare for a successful interview:

  • Research the company and industry – Learn as much as you can about the company. This will help you demonstrate your interest in working for the employer and will also give you insight into what they may value in an employee.
  • Find out as much as you can about the interview process – You should know the name and title of the persons who will be conducting the interview as well as the exact location of the company and such details as where to park.
  • Prepare to present yourself professionally – First impressions are important! Deciding what to wear for the interview may take some planning. If you are new to the professional world, you may also need to purchase appropriate attire.
  • Make sure you are at your best – Although you may be nervous, get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview, make sure to eat well and exercise. Taking care of yourself will help you think clearly.
  • Make a positive impression – Allow plenty of time so that you will arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of your interview and make sure you have already turned off your phone prior to entering the building.

Students can find common interview questions and suggestions for how to respond to them on the myCareer system.

The briefs are aimed at providing faculty and staff with timely information they can use to assist students. Read the October edition, as well as previous briefs, on the centre’s Web site.