Five Most Important Components to a Successful Interview

  1. Confidence
  2. Enthusiasm
  3. A good first impression
  4. Effective communication skills
  5. Prepared

Frequently Asked Questions during an Interview

  • What kind of job do you want?
  • Why do you think you would like to work for our company? What do you know about our company?
  • What aspects of our services or products interest you?
  • What made you choose your degree program?
  • What qualifications are necessary to make a success of the job you have selected?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
  • What kind of boss do you prefer?
  • What experience have you gained in your most recent jobs?
  • What is your greatest weakness? What is your greatest strength?
  • What do you consider your most important abilities?
  • On what occasions have you shown particular initiative?
  • What was your last job? What are your career plans?
  • What is your opinion of overtime?
  • What are your hobbies, interests?
  • Do you work well under pressure? How do you cope with criticism?

When you respond keep the question in mind, be concise and sincere.

How to Dress for the Interview

We all know that first impressions are very important, not only for interviews but in all new endeavours. Experts agree, the single most important tool in business is the ability to communicate. Knowing how to speak through clothing and grooming will give you a definite advantage in your business relationships. The key advantage is being well dressed. Performance counts, but so does appearance.

The minimum attire for men would be dress pants and sports jacket or shirt and tie (possibly with a dressy cardigan or pull-over), then the 2-piece suit (with tie).

The minimum attire for women would be a simple dress (business style) or co-ordinated skirt and dress blouse, then the matched skirt and jacket, (co-ordinated dress pants and blouse with a dressy cardigan/pullover, if necessary, is acceptable).

Dressing Tips

  • Use a tie clip to keep your tie in place.
  • Don't tuck the tie in your shirt/in the trousers.
  • Ensure your shoes are presentable.
  • Don't wear white sport socks.
  • Have a breath mint before.
  • If your clothes are comfortable - you will be!

As unfair as it may seem, an unkept appearance will be a continuing obstacle to advancement. To be promoted, we must look promotable

Co-op Interview Structure Based Upon a 30 Minute Interview

The interviewer tries to put you at ease by commenting on the weather, etc. Establishing Rapport
1 - 3 minutes
Many interviewers start with general questions such as "Tell me about your background as it relates to our company." After a few minutes the questioning usually moves to more specific matters; "Just what were your duties as a manager of industrial relations?" When answering, keep in mind the qualities and experience the employer is looking for and through your answers show that you meet the requirements. Questions By Interviewer
15 - 20 minutes
The nature of the interview depends upon the style of the interviewer. Some follow a much more structured format than others.
This is your chance to show that you have done your homework. Don't ask the obvious, use the time to gather information relevant to making a decision about a job with this employer. Closing
5 - 10 minutes
It is customary to invite questions from the candidate.

Reasons Why Applicants Do Not Get the Job

  • Poor personal appearance
  • Lack of tact
  • Lack of maturity
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Lack of courtesy
  • No eye contact
  • Lack of career planning
  • Poor scholastic record
  • Failure to participate in activities
  • Condemns employees
  • Overemphasis on money
  • Cynical
  • Use of slang, incomplete sentences
  • Lazy
  • Intolerant
  • Unwillingness to relocate
  • Never heard of the company
  • Lack of knowledge of field of specialization
  • Overbearing, over aggressive, conceited, know-it-all
  • Lack of confidence and poise, nervous, ill at ease
  • Unwilling to start at the bottom, expects too much too soon