How to Prepare for Job Interviews

Workshop Name: “Help! I Have a Job Interview!”

Preparing for job interviews is a complex task and people often lack the skills to do this well. As a result they may not be the successful candidate, even though they are well qualified. This workshop covers the entire process of preparing for, and completing job interviews. Applicants will gain the knowledge, tools and confidence to sell themselves in an interview. Participants are asked to bring their resume, the job competition they are applying for, past performance appraisals and award certificates.

  Preparing for the Interview
Based on the metaphor of traveling as part of career growth, participants will gain a better understanding of their personal style, career interests and learning preferences.

Types of Interview Formats
Participants learn about interview types and how to prepare for each type. These include screening/ selection, structured, unstructured, panel, serial and telephone interview formats.

Phases of the Interview
Participants learn the four basic stages of an interview from the introduction to the closing of the meeting. They also learn how to stay focused while flexing to the interviewer(s), and what information to share that is relevant to job qualifications and promotes their best skills.

Interview Tips & Cautions
Participants learn how to read and project appropriate body language, how to catch curve balls that are thrown, the Do’s and Don’ts of interviews and why applicants often fail to get the job. They also explore what the interviewer is looking for, from the “other side of the desk”.

Interview Questions
Participants learn about the different types of questions, why interviewers ask them and how to answer in a positive and competent manner. The types of questions include behavioral description (BDI), scenario, reverse, trap and probing questions and more. They also learn how to prepare for and respond to inappropriate questions and when to expand or contract their answers. Participants also role play, receive feedback and tackle their most dreaded questions.

Following Up After the Interview
Participants learn about the evaluation process, how to follow up after the interview (doing a post-board), and how to negotiate the job offer.




What was most valuable for me was learning how to present myself and what to do or not to do… plus how to prepare for situational and behavioral questions. The role playing and exercises were very helpful too..
David M., Federal Govt

I became aware of more interviewing techniques and preparations to win an interview…and I was more confident in my last interview, for which I qualified!
Patricia W., Bank of Canada

Very good instructor – I really enjoyed the course and what I liked most was the insight I gained about the reason behind interview questions and how to handle curve balls when in an interview.
G. Symons, Public Works & Govt Services 

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